Sarah Esser is a dancer and choreographer based in New York City. Originally from San Francisco, she has studied ballet, modern, and hip hop at the Academy of Ballet San Francisco, ODC, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, as well as Studio Harmonic and Centre de danse du Marais in Paris. She studied dance and women's leadership at Barnard College, where her research focused on the intersection of feminist leadership and improvisation. She has performed works by Sidra Bell, Alex Ketley, Mark Morris, Robert Moses, Pam Tanowitz, Twyla Tharp, Colleen Thomas, and Chuck Wilt. She has danced and choreographed for Raw Elementz and the Columbia Ballet Collaborative, and was the associate choreographer for BACCHANAL (2013), an immersive theatre production by Jamie McGonagill. Esser has danced for TREES, a company of dancers and musicians interested in collaborative creation, and The Neighbors, a Manhattan based hip hop team. She is the artistic director of era Dance Collective, a company she founded in 2012.
In addition to her dance work, she is a fitness instructor and doula-in-training. In every aspect of her work, she hopes to help people realize and hone the power of their own bodies.