Professor, MFA Program Director
Sara Hook (Professor) is a performer, choreographer and educator who actively promotes a synergy between the professional and academic arenas of Dance. A former soloist with Nikolais Dance Theater, Hook has also performed with Murray Louis, Pearl Lang, Jean Erdman, and Stephan Koplowitz among many others. She is a guest artist/collaborator with David Parker and The Bang Group with whom her work has been produced internationally in venues throughout North America and Europe. Sara Hook Dances has appeared at numerous New York City venues including Dance Theater Workshop (Fresh Tracks, Split Stream, and Family Matters Series), Dancenow/NYC’s DanceMopoliton Series at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, The Sampler Series at Symphony Space, and the West End Theater. Recent Regional venues include The Modern Dance Festival at the Modern Art Museum in Ft. Worth, Texas and The Harvard Dance Center in Cambridge, MA and recent international venues include Frente de Danza Independiente in Quito, Ecuador. Hook has toured widely as a guest artist/teacher and has set works at over a dozen universities nationally. She has also served as an adjudicator for two regional American College Dance Festivals. Hook holds an MFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and a BFA from the North Carolina School of the Arts. She is also a Certified Movement Analyst from the Laban Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies. Previous faculty appointments include Princeton University and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, both held from 1994-2000, and she was a guest faculty of the Paul Taylor Summer Intensives in NYC from 2000-2003. In 2010 Hook received the UIUC College of Fine and Applied Arts Excellence in Teaching Award and was promoted to Full Professor. Hook is also proud to have been a founding member of The Pink Ribbons Project--Dancers in Motion Against Breast Cancer.