Meet the Artists: Sarah Lapp, Duck Dances @ Dusk Dances, Opus 3
Sarah Lapp may have been born with a physical disability, but she hasn’t let her limitations keep her from finding creative ways to express her love of dance and music.
Growing up in Surrey, BC, Sarah started performing early in life. She sang in school and community choirs, and designed her own routines on the floor in her elementary school gym class, and was featured in an integrated ballet performance on a local telethon. After graduating secondary school, with honours, Sarah earned a certification in Advanced Arts and Entertainment Management from Capilano University.
During the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, Sarah helped develop choreography for Coca-Cola’s featured promotional wheelchair dance performances at the Torch Relay Celebrations. The following summer, Sarah appeared in several demonstrations and shows, including the Rediscover Granville 2010 Buskers’ Festival.
Since then, Sarah has built awareness about integrated dance in Vancouver, BC. She helped introduce wheelchair dancing possibilities to Realwheels Theatre under the direction of founder James Sanders, and participated in their workshops and performances as a dancer. Sarah has collaborated on the conception and development of the All Bodies Dance Project. She is working with the project lead as a facilitator-in-training and arts administrator. Sarah has had the opportunity to share her creative input into unique choreography for people with all bodies and abilities while also furthering her training and advancing her dancing skills.
Through her own initiative Sarah has attended several other workshops and classes. These include: DanceAbility Day with Alito Alessi (Oregon), Brenda Cowie of GDance (UK), aerial dance classes with Kira Schaffer (BC) and dance classes with Naomi Brand (BC). Sarah also participated in the Embody (In My Body) conference with Patricia Reedy of Luna Dance Institute (California)
In her offstage life, Sarah has worked as a Community Connector for the ConnecTra Society. Sarah and her husband, Matt Pregent, are business owners of Wheelin’ Mobility, a 24-hour/on-call mobile repair service for wheelchairs and other mobility equipment. Sarah also has worked as a Client Service Coordinator for Pacific Assistance Dogs and maintains volunteer commitments to several worthy charities.
Sarah has made it her mission to be a catalyst for artists with disabilities to have access to professional training in Vancouver. Having experienced the power and benefits of integrated dance, she hopes to empower and encourage others to discover the best of their own capabilities.