Sara Murdock is a Culture and Performance PhD student in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at UCLA. She completed a MA at Seattle University in 2010 in Organizational Leadership with a Focus on Art and Community and a BA from Kenyon College in 2005 in Dance and American Studies. Sara has facilitated dance workshops in Ohio, Boston, Seattle, and Los Angeles for "at risk" communities since 2004. Her performing arts practice has included pageantry with Bread and Puppet Theater, circus arts with Circus Smirkus, competitive ballroom and Latin dance, flash mobbing with Mob the World, Contact Improvisation, Blues Dance, and Contemporary Modern Dance. Sara's current research is around dance-based cultural exchange programming. Most recently Sara has worked with the World at Aratani and World Music and Movement festivals, and now serves on the Education and Training Network for World Dance Alliance - Americas and the Global Assembly 2018 committee for World Dance Alliance - Global. Sara is particularly interested in issues of accessibility and equity ranging from logistical elements, such as socio-economic status, to race, ethnicity, and Western-based aesthetic hierarchies that reinforce cultural boundaries.
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