Biography

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Introduction

Sarah Brumgart is a world-traveled champion gymnast, virtuosic dancer, accomplished yogini, pilates adept, and a master teacher within all of these fields. Born in 1952 and raised on the South Side of Chicago, she began her physical training at a neighborhood dance school with ballet at age five, continuing with acrobatics, jazz and tap throughout grade school.

Gymnastics

In high school and college she switched to "artistic" gymnastics, winning two Junior National titles and touring the Mediterranean as a member of the USA Exhibition Team. At Indiana State University, she was inducted twice into its Athletic Hall of Fame, both as an individual Collegiate National Champion and as a member of her team which won a second place collegiate national title. She then helped to pioneer "rhythmic" gymnastics in the USA, becoming the first National Champion and competing on the first USA World Championship Team. Trained by both European and Olympic American coaches, she also taught both dance and gymnastics at numerous private gymnastics schools, camps, and children's community programs throughout the country, thus beginning her teaching career at the early age of sixteen.

Dance

Transferring to the University of Illinois, Brumgart completed a BFA in Dance in 1974. While there, she learned two types of movement notation which later became the basis for both her choreography and teaching. After graduating from college, she began experimenting and developing her own structured-improvisational dance pedagogy. In 1977 she started producing this solo work, receiving six Choreographer Fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, performing throughout the United States on the National Performance Network and in Europe, and being featured in numerous national publications. While living in Brooklyn, NY during the late 1970's and early 1980's, she also performed with Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians as an ensemble member (along with the soon-to-be famous dancer and choreographer Mark Morris). Upon moving to Austin, TX in 1982, she was a guest dancer with the Deborah Hay Dance Company.

Yoga & Pilates

While attending college in the early 1970's, Brumgart began practicing and teaching yoga, which she has continued to the present. During the late 1980's, she received her yoga teacher training at the Himalayan Institute, founded by Swami Rama from India. Also at that time, she served as a teacher, board member, and director at The Yoga Center, Austin's first yoga studio. In the early 1990's, she studied further with Prasad, also from India. In 2008 she became certified in teaching pilates mat, a strengthening regimen similar to the physical disciplines of her own background. Still based in Austin, TX, she continues to teach and perform locally and nationally.

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Contact

Based in Austin, TX since 1982

Sarah@SarahBrumgart.com (512) 241-1915