Sarah Hixon is a choreographer, dance educator, and performer. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from George Mason University, where she received the faculty award for “Excellence in Choreography.” She also holds a Masters of Fine Art in Dance Choreography from The Ohio State University where her thesis work focused on diverse approaches to choreography. She has studied choreography with David Parsons, Bebe Miller, Susan Rethorst, Vera Blaine, John Giffin, Vicki Uris, Karen Studd, Susan Shields, and others.
Ms. Hixon is currently artistic and executive director of Hixon Dance, a professional modern dance performing ensemble based in central Ohio. The company is known for its collaborations with other artists–especially musicians–and for presenting impactful and finely crafted works. Her commitment to developing polished theatrical productions makes Hixon Dance stand apart. Her work has been presented at The National Academy of Science in Washington, DC, Joy of Motion, The Lincoln Theatre, The Wexner Center for the Arts, The McConnell Arts Center, and others.
As an educator, Ms. Hixon believes in creating meaningful relationships with students of all ages and abilities, and providing a thoughtful, well-rounded approach to the subject matter. She has almost 20 years of experience teaching dance technique in various styles to ages three through adult. During her tenure at OSU, she held a full-time Graduate Teaching Associate appointment. She not only taught technique, but also history, composition, and technology. Ms. Hixon has taught at a number of universities and pre-professional schools throughout the Washington DC and central Ohio areas including the OSU Department of Dance, BalletMet Columbus, New Albany Ballet Company, Encore Performers, HIM Performing Arts, and has guest taught at Wittenberg University, Columbus City Ballet, George Mason University, Dublin Dance Center, Northpoint Dance Academy, the OhioDance Festival, and the American College Dance Festival among others.
Community outreach and artist development has also been an important element of Hixon’s career. After graduation from GMU, she began a performance collective for emerging dance artists, curating shows of local work in the Washington DC area. She also began FLOORSPACE, an arts incubator studio dedicated to providing affordable space to working artists in the central Ohio area which serviced more than 20 local arts groups. She has volunteered her leadership and administrative talents to several dance organizations. She has co-founded an after-school performing arts program for the Worthington City Schools, and continues to be active as a lighting designer, stage manager, and choreographer. She has choreographed for several local performing groups in various styles including musical theater and opera.
Ms. Hixon received extensive training in classical ballet and modern dance, working with teachers hailing from American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Eliot Feld’s BalletTech, Mark Morris Dance Group, The White Oak Project, José Limon, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company. She studied at The Washington Ballet, The Milwaukee Ballet, American Repertory Theatre, BalletMet, and The Fairfax Ballet.