Sarah Bean

Sarah Bean

Assistant Professor, Dance

15 Weatherspoon

(919) 760-2857


Sarah Adams Bean joined the Meredith College Dance Faculty in August 2015 following seven years as a dance teacher at Durham School of the Arts (Durham, NC), and four years as a special education movement teacher at P771@PS225 (Brooklyn, NY).  Prior to her teaching career in public schools, Sarah worked in arts administration and fundraising (the American Dance Festival, the Public Theater), as an arts/education research assistant in both NYC and Durham, and as a free-lance dance performer in NYC, Durham, and Seattle.

Sarah has had the pleasure of performing regionally in dance works by Gerri Houlihan, Killian Manning, Gaspard Louis, Mark Dendy, Clay Taliaferro and Barbara Dickinson.  In New York, Sarah performed works by Ze’eva Cohen, Stephan Koplowitz, Katja Kolcio, and Jordan Fuchs, as well as presenting her own work at the Limón Studio and at University Settlement.  Sarah’s graduate school studies included performance in mid-20th century works by José Limón, Ruth Currier, and Anna Sokolow, as well as in works by her contemporaries, Carol Kyles Finley and Nicole Stanton.

Bean teaches the Dance Education sequence for students pursuing K-12 licensure in Dance, Dance in Society, Dance History, Ballet and Modern technique, and Fundamental Concepts of the Arts in Education

Academic Credentials

MS Ed, Special Education, Childhood (Grades 1-6); College of Staten Island/City University of New York

MFA, Dance Performance; The Ohio State University

AB, Duke University

Professional Credential

NC Professional Educator’s License: Standard Professional II License for Dance (grades K-12), Elementary Education (grades K-6), Cross Categorical (grades K-12)


“Excavating Riches from Research: Abigail C. Housen’s ‘Aesthetic Thought, Critical Thinking and Transfer’ “ in The Teaching Artist Journal (TAJ).  1:4 (2003).

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