About Sarah Bush
In 1999, Bush began integrating her college and professional modern dance training with her experience in hip-hop and liturgical dance to create her own unique movement vocabulary and choreographic voice. As the Artistic Director of Sarah Bush Dance Project, she brings honest expressions of spirit, strength, story, humor and grace to her extremely physical movement exploration. Her style draws from training in Wu-Shu martial arts, Taiko drumming, ballet, release technique, stage acting, modern, hip hop, jazz, Afro-Caribbean, and contact improvisation. She teaches classes and workshops for all levels.
In addition to her work with SBDP, she is a member of Krissy Keefer’s revolutionary Dance Brigade. She has danced with hip hop company New Style Motherlode and been a guest performer with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. She has choreographed commissions for Axis Dance Company, Destiny Arts Center, Mona Khan Company and Dance Brigade SummerFeast in Dos Rios. Bush has been awarded the Bay Area Dance Watch LiveBlessays Award (2015) and Leader of the Month (May 2014) and is the recipient of Curve Magazine’s Dancer/ Choreographer Award (2010).
Homeward Artist Biographies
Rose Huey (Homeward Assistant Director/Dancer) is a performance artist and choreographer based in Oakland, CA. Rose grew up dancing at Destiny Arts Center, and later graduated with a BA in History and American Studies from Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN. Since 2011, Rose has danced with Ananya Dance Theatre, Sarah Bush Dance Project, Mixd Ingrdnts, Project Bandaloop, and others, touring both nationally and internationally. Additionally, Rose teaches grounded and vertical dance throughout the Bay Area. Rose is thrilled to be part of Homeward and continue her journey with Sarah Bush Dance Project.
Joan Lazarus (Dancer) has performed in the works of Alonzo King, Cliff Keuter, Ellen Bromberg, Mark Morris, Victoria Morgan, Krissy Keefer, Frank Shawl, Bill DeYoung, Toni Pimble, Kathleen, McClintock, Richard Colton, John LeFan, and Alan Ptashek. She has been on the dance faculty at University of Oregon, Mills College, San Francisco Ballet, Dance Circle of Boston, The Princeton Ballet, RoCo Dance, and Shawl-Anderson. She has been awarded Bay Area National Dance Week’s Contribution to the Field of Dance Award (2006), Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Sustained Achievement (2012). San Francisco Chronicle “2011 Dance MVP.” www.danceartsf.org What a treat to perform with SBDP and these lovely dancers. Thank you, Sarah!
Sue Li Jue (Dancer) is Artistic Director for Facing East Dance & Music (FEDM), an Oakland-based modern dance company. Since 1999, Sue has choreographed and produced several full length, multimedia productions which led to FEDM dancers winning an “Izzie” for Outstanding Ensemble, and multiple nominations for Best Visual Design. Sue has received numerous grants for her work highlighted by receiving the California Dancemaker Grant and James Irvine California Artist Advancement Initiative Grant. Sue is a dance lecturer at UC Berkeley and is also the Director of the Physical Education Program. She is thrilled to be working with Sarah and this lovely cast!
Jennifer Leary (Dancer) began her love for dance with Swing Dance and Salsa but began studying more seriously after moving to northern Brazil where she studied African and folkloric Brazilian dances under teachers Vera Passos, Augusto Omolu, Rosangela Silvestre and Paco Gomes. In the Bay Area Jennifer has studied Dance and Psychology at San Francisco State University and has directed and danced in the bi-national company, Paco Gomes and Dancers, for five years. She has also appeared in work by Chimene Pollard, Rogelio Lopez, and now the acclaimed Sarah Bush!
Julie Crothers (Dancer) is a freelance dancer, choreographer and educator based in Oakland, CA. Born and raised in Nashville, TN, Julie grew up training in ballet, jazz, tap, and contemporary. In 2014, she graduated from Elon University in North Carolina, earning a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography and a BA in Arts Administration. Following graduation, Julie moved to the Bay Area to join AXIS Dance Company, where she worked for 3 years- performing, teaching, and touring nationally and internationally. Professionally, Julie has also danced for Renay Aumiller Dances (RAD) based in Durham, NC.
Clarissa Dyas (Dancer) was born in Berkeley, CA and received her dance training from San Francisco State University. She graduated from SFSU in 2017 with a B.A. in Dance and a B.S. in Health Education. In the Bay Area, Clarissa dances with Robert Moses’ Kin along with being a company member of Sarah Bush Dance Project this season.
“Sarah’s choreography is very physical and demands a lot from our bodies. I’ve never really been asked to lift other people as a woman. To be empowered to know I can is really great.”
– Nina Wu, SBDP dancer