Sasha Welsh is a choreographer, dancer and educator whose work explores states of awareness, memory and imagination, and the limitations and possibilities of the human body.
As an educator, Sasha is passionate about teaching anatomy, somatics and dance conditioning in innovative ways that empower the next generation of dancers to move beyond the limitations of the current paradigm. She has studied anatomy and neuromuscular preparation for dance with Irene Dowd since 2005, and has participated in Dowd’s choreographic teachings as an assistant/demonstrator for Spirals, Volutes, The Dynamic Trunk, Orbits, and The Turnout Dance. She has taught at the University of the Arts, Sarah Lawrence College, DeSales University, Temple University, Swarthmore College and the Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX).
Sasha's choreography has been performed in venues such as Movement Research at the Judson Church, Fridays at Noon at the 92nd Street Y, Dance Conversations at the Flea, Dixon Place, Performance Mix at Joyce Soho, AUNTS, the INOVA galleries (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, and Studio 303 (Montreal). As a performer, Sasha has most recently collaborated with Siri Peterson and Deborah Black, and performed for Laurie Berg and Megan Byrne in New York. She also traveled to Japan to collaborate and improvise with Noriko Kato at the Aomori Contemporary Art Center.
Sasha earned her MFA at Temple University and her BA at Swarthmore College, received a Professional Diploma in Dance Studies from the Laban Centre in London, and is a fully certified Pilates instructor with more than ten years of teaching experience.
For six years, Sasha also hosted a performance salon known as Ulla's House in her Brooklyn apartment. Ulla’s House was an under-the-radar laboratory venue/event that encouraged true risk-taking and supported the development of experimental new projects and ideas. Ulla’s House supported the work of over 70 performing artists in various stages of their careers.