Sari Nordman

category: Ballet, Dance, Dance-Modern,

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Artist Statement

Sari Nordman, born and raised in Finland, is an interdisciplinary artist who has created public art projects, video works and dance performances. Her process is rooted in her travels to isolated locations around the world to reflect on nature, history and female experience - the recurring themes in her works. Reflecting on nature’s permanence and the impermanence of human made artifacts her works highlight nature's ability to remain vital in light of the impact of contemporary humans. Nordman has exhibited and performed her works for American Heritage Awards at the Javits Center, Art in Odd Places, Columbia University, CounterCurrent Festival (Ten Tiny Dances), Danspace Project (DraftWork), FiveMyles Gallery (BRIC Biennial), Flatbush Nostrand Junction Business Improvement District, The Immigrant Artist Biennial, Irondale Center, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (Jamaica Flux), Movement Research at the Judson Church, New American Fellows Showcase, Odetta Gallery (SHIM Finland) and Performance Mix Festival in the US; also in Canada, Greece, Finland, India, Italy and Portugal. She has enjoyed residencies at Atlantic Center for the Arts, Bearnstow, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Catwalk Institute, Hollins University and Tofte Lake Center in the US; and at Eckerö Post and Customs House, RaumArs, Tohmajärvi and Zodiak Z Free in Finland. She is a recipient of American Scandinavian Society Cultural Grant, Brooklyn Arts Council Creative Equations Fund, as well as Finlandia Foundation and The Puffin Foundation grants. Her works have been reviewed in publications and artist talks such as, Art Spiel, BK Reader, COAL + ICE at The Kennedy Center, The Dance Enthusiast, Hunters Point Library Environmental Education Center Program, OffOffOff, Our Town, Women Cinemakers, and in many Finnish publications.

Educational Background

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in dance from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts

Teaching Artist Experience

I have worked in NYC public schools as a Dance Teaching Artist since 2007. I have taught students of varied abilities, backgrounds and ages in all five boroughs of NYC. I have taught in- and after-school programs with most of them culminating in final presentations to the public. I have taught Ballet and Modern Dance techniques, Be Well Movement (with anatomical approach), Choreography, Creative Movement, Dances from Around the World, Improvisation, Senior Dance, Storytelling through Movement and Yoga. Most of the classes have been in person and also, virtually. 2015-present - with Marquis Studios 2019-present - with Young Audiences New York (YANY) Also with Movement Research Dance Makers, ArtsConnection, Brooklyn Arts Council and many others. I have also taught professional dancers, and am a certified Personal Fitness Trainer through International Sports Sciences Association.