Pilates / Ballet / Contemporary Dance Instruction



Sabra Perry began dancing at the Parksville Ballet School under the direction of Linda Klassen, and
completed her formal training at Canada's National Ballet School. After performing for two years with
the National Ballet of Canada, she was awarded a grant from the Canada Council on the Arts to continue
her studies in modern dance. Ms. Perry later relocated to New York, where she studied at the Merce
Cunningham Studio, and became a member of the company's repertory understudy group. She went on to
perform with the Hartford Ballet and Dances Patrelle, and as a freelance dancer with numerous New York based
ballet and contemporary companies. In 1999, she joined Complexions Contemporary Ballet, under the direction
of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, where, in 2008, she was appointed to the position of assistant
ballet mistress. In 2012, Sabra retired from performing and joined the dance faculty of Arts Umbrella in
Vancouver, BC.

Ms. Perry has had the honor of performing in works by George Balanchine, Merce Cunningham, Thaddeus
Davis, Ulysses Dove, Martha Graham, Nicolo Fonte, William Forsythe, Jodie Gates, Jae Man Joo, Francis
Patrelle, Kathryn Posin, Dwight Rhoden, Desmond Richardson, and Juan Rodriguez.

Ms. Perry has conducted workshops and master classes for Complexions, and has been on the faculty of the
Complexions Summer Intensives in New York, at Wayne State University in Detroit, and at the Booker T.
Washington High School for the Arts in Dallas, TX. She has also been a faculty member at Ballet Academy East
in New York, a guest teacher at Alabama Dance Theater, the Parksville Ballet School, Peridance, Broadway Dance
Center, and Marymount Manhattan College. Sabra has attended teaching seminars at the 92nd St Y's Dance
Education Lab, the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and with David Howard. Ms. Perry holds a BA in dance from
SUNY/Empire State College in New York, and is a certified Pilates mat instructor.

Her classes emphasize healthy alignment and efficient technique, while also developing awareness of
musicality and movement quality. Ms Perry encourages students to be active participants in their continuing training.

"Sabra Perry - a magnificent dancer."
Deborah Jowitt