Sadie Weinberg

Sadie Weinberg graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College.  She was later awarded a Fellowship from UC Irvine where she went on to receive her MFA in Dance.  She has danced professionally in San Diego with Jean Isaacs’ San Diego Dance Theater, Malashock Dance,IMAGOmoves, McCaleb Dance and many other independent choreographers.  Sadie has also performed works by William Forsythe, Keith Johnson, Doug Varone, Donald Byrd, David Parsons, Bebe Miller, Kevin Wynne and other world renowned choreographers.  As a choreographer, Sadie has presented her work in numerous self-produced and collaborative concerts throughout California as well as in New York, Mexico, Germany, Russia and Canada.  She has collaborated with artists such as Ceres Dance in San Francisco, MoCean Dance in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Rebecca Walters in Dublin, Ireland. In March 2008 Sadie was selected as one of 17 choreographers to perform in the 12th annual Solo Dance Festival in Stugartt, Germany.  Some of her choreographic highlights include, Richard Moves: Martha @ the Lyceum, San Diego Dance Theater’s Annual Trolley Dances, White Wave Dance Festival in NY, Epiphany Theater in Plymouth, Michigan and Chicago Ill. with Collaborator Amanda Nora and The Mourner’s Dance/Onen a collaborative concert she presented with her mother, also a dancemaker, Betzi Roe. She currently teaches dance at Mira Costa Community College, Coronado High School of the Arts, UC San Diego and Palomar Community College, and is a certified Pilates Instructor.  In 2007 she was the recipient of the “Outstanding Associate Faculty Award” at Mira Costa College.  Sadie continues to attend workshops and festivals in both dance and somatics; some of her most recent training has been with with dance icon, Anna Halprin, with Augusta Moore in San Francisco who integrates ballet and Feldenkrais and in the movement training Gaga created by the leading dance maker, Ohad Naharin.  These days she is fully engaged in her most demanding creative project thus far: the rearing of her two small children Miles (3) and Madeleine (1).

Alison Dietterle Smith


I am a dancer, choreographer, mother, surfer, wife, and movement educator. I have been teaching in the Department of Theatre and Dance since 2004. I am an alumna of UCSD with a degree in Biological Anthropology and a minor in Dance. I have an MFA in Dance from UC Irvine and I am a certified yoga instructor from White Lotus in Santa Barbara.  I am in the process of becoming a Feldenkrais Method® Practitioner and I am a certified Awareness Through Movement® teacher under the mentorship of Elizabeth Beringer. My dancing path has been illuminated by my experiences with Nancy Mittleman-Merkens, The San Francisco and Pacific Northwest Ballet Schools, The Eugene Ballet Company, Ballet Pacifica, Stephanie Gilliand, eight years working with Jean Isaacs, Margaret Marshall, Christopher Pilafian, Joe Goode, Anna Halprin, Kim Epifano, Lisa Naugle, Risa Steinberg, Yolande Snaith, Allyson Green, Joe Alter, John Malashock, Shiva Rea, and the amazing faculty, guest artists, and students that pass through the dance building at UCSD. I am interested in the many ways bodies move and how we all uniquely carry the dance within us. I am curious how we connect and make meaning of the world around us through movement, and how by moving and dancing together we tap into our most ancient practices and rituals as humans. I enjoy the process of bringing this tone to my weekly technique classes and rehearsals at UCSD; acknowledging that when we meet together, we enter into the dance, a channeling of all of our dancing ancestors. My desire is to create a practice of embodied awareness in a contemporary context that transcends the need for written description, explanation, and analysis; an attempt to create a place where we feel more of our moving selves, a vibrating, luminous space, where the world unfolds in breaths and connections to the universe around us. A place where we let go of the tension of time and step into the dancing ground.

© yolande snaith 2013