Sarah Lochhead

Board Member (Treasurer)

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Sarah Lochhead (BFA, MA) is the founder, Artistic and Executive Director of Simcoe Contemporary Dancers (SCD) – a not-for-profit professional dance company established in 2009 in Barrie, ON. Prior to running SCD, Sarah worked at the City of Barrie Leisure Transit and Facilities department as Recreational Programmer for Dance at Barrie’s community centres. Sarah has worked independently as an arts administrator and as a performer including with HNM Dance Company, Dance Nonce, and Menaka Thakkar Dance Company. She has trained in the modern styles of Duncan, Humphrey/Weidman, completed teacher training in Limón with Donna Krasnow, and with the Limón Company in NYC. She holds intermediate ballet certificates in RAD and Cecchetti. Her work has been acknowledged through a Top Citation award from the National Dance Educators Organization (USA) and the receipt of grants from the City of Barrie, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. 

Sarah Lochhead's Work


Between the Lines By Sarah Lochhead

Writers & Readers

Reworking a Holiday Favourite

By Sarah Lochhead

In 2016, in celebration of Xing Dance Theatre’s thirtieth anniversary and an eight-year sabbatical from their previous production of The Nutcracker, choreographer Xing Bang Fu and French Canadian professional ballet dancer Simon Sylvain Lalonde presented a new interpretation of the classic holiday tale with the intention of exploring the boundaries of gender and identity entitled The Nutcracker Doll. This year’s production of the work focuses on the central theme of parenting, exploring how a parent can guide a child to confront personal challenges and realize their own ways to express themselves.


Moving Past the Fear Factor By Sarah Lochhead

Insights and observations from Ballet Bob

On the Ground

What do You Want to Know about Dance?

By Sarah Lochhead, Anastasia Kolotova, Valeria Nunziato

On June 2, Canada’s National Ballet School’s (NBS) hosted Sharing Dance Day at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto. The annual event is NBS’s flagship community outreach initiative, which offers free dance programs to the public. Toronto was just one out of the five cities to host official Sharing Dance events, with other cities including Halifax, Montreal, Winnipeg and Calgary. As part of the event The Dance Current asked attendees to tell us about a dance-related topic or artist they’re interested in learning more about.

Dancing to Learn

Dancing to Learn shows students at Perth Avenue Public School and dance educator Arwyn Carpenter in action – exploring, creating and moving together in the gymnasium. Peppered with comments from the students and Carpenter’s insightful articulation, the video demonstrates the benefits and transferrable skills facilitated through dance.


September Support By Sarah Lochhead

Suggestions for dance educators

Phases of Dance: An Animated Short

Four months of production, with over 2100 individual drawings, culminates in three minutes of bachata technique expressed in animation. Phases of Dance by illustrator, animator, bachata dancer and instructor Iveta Karpathyova explores the movement potential of rotoscoping in documenting embodied knowledge.

Keeping Time

Everybody has a story. If you take the time to ask questions and listen, you might even uncover a piece of dance history. Here is one such gem. Meet Shirley Sommerville.


Locating 'D'ance in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies in Canada

Discussions were international in scope and explored historical and contemporary sites of research.


Enlivening the Ensemble: Jason Sermonia's eighteen-year career in musical theatre By Sarah Lochhead

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