Sasha’s biography

Sasha Welsh by Ian Douglas

Sasha Welsh is a choreographer whose work explores states of awareness, the potential of memory and imagination, and the limitations and possibilities of the human body. Her choreography has been seen in venues such as Movement Research at the Judson Church, Dance Conversations at the Flea, Dixon Place, AUNTS, Performance Mix at Joyce Soho, the INOVA galleries (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival (City Paper pick of the Fringe in 2004), RAW Material at Dance New Amsterdam, and Studio 303 in Montreal.   Her company Victory to Others, presented its first full-length concert at Triskelion Arts in March of 2009. As a performer Sasha has worked with Laurie Berg and Megan Byrne, Noriko Kato (Japan), Alison D’Amato, Darla Stanley, Merián Soto, George Alley, and many others.

Sasha has also curated performances in New York since 2006, running an experimental venue called Ulla’s House, which has supported the work of over 50 diverse artists at all stages of their careers.

In the summer of 2009 she participated in the Fantasy Generator, a new residency program at Hollins University. In 2007 she was awarded a scholarship to study MAX/Jitter live processing at Harvestworks Digital Arts Center, and a Swarthmore Project Residency.  Sasha has taught dance at DeSales University and Temple University. She earned degrees from Temple University (MFA), Swarthmore College (BA in dance/visual arts), and Laban Centre London (PDDS). At Swarthmore she was awarded both a Friends of Music and Dance Scholarship, and the Melvin B. Troy prize for her choreography. She administered and taught dance for community outreach programs for at-risk children and teens in Chester, PA for several years.

Sasha also maintains a private practice teaching Pilates and dance conditioning, and is a long-term student of anatomist Irene Dowd.