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Memoir & Movement​

Explore your body of stories...

Memoir & Movement is a dynamic multi-disciplinary workshop that draws on the uniqueness of each person’s lived experience and is designed to expand an artist's personal & professional scope of practice. Drawing on creative tools, skills and practices from contemporary dance improvisation, literary memoir, voice work, poetry and clown, Sara Porter leads a playful approach to exploring and expanding creative terrain.


Participants gain fuller access to breath and vocal range, refine writing skills, extend and expand movement vocabulary, awaken senses and find flexibility of imagination. Participants investigate past & current perspectives to generate movement, image, sensations and stories that tell us who we are.

On stage and in life.


2023 - UPCOMING SESSION - 2023

Monday Morning Creative Practice (zoom)

Exercise for your body, mind and imagination

* Mondays 10am-11am *

A gentle, creative wake-up for your week. Sara Porter leads an hour of Memoir & Movement-inspired creative practice:  Each hour-long session includes: dance improvisation, creative writing, conversation about creative process, voice work and poetry.   All ages, all genders, all abilities, all welcome.

April 3rd - June 12
(no class May 15)

COST : $150 (10-classes) / $140 CADA

ZOOM : link shared each week

I truly appreciated how much research, generosity, consistency, and care went into your class prep.

A heart-lifting experience

You are a great teacher and facilitator. You led us through this rich, subtle process of listening & noticing with such humour, light, and instinct

Wonderful, generous and so beautifully creative

I did not feel the least bit hesitant to dance, be silly, make funny faces - how liberating to show our vulnerable side to all these lovely people

This class, at this time, was a gift



Sara Porter has 30 years experience as a dance educator, teaching both creative and theoretical approaches to contemporary dance in colleges and university in Canada and Scotland. An innovative and popular teacher, she has advised on curriculum - and developed new program content - for professional professional training programs and university departments in Canada and Scotland.

After returning to performing in 2014, after a hiatus raising kids, Sara built Sara does a Solo, drawing from her personal stories. She was awarded a Chalmers Fellowship in 2019 to research memoir & movement, and began to develop this unique material for teaching. Her next works - Getting to know your Fruit (stage & film) and This is my Math Dance (stage & film) are both rooted in this approach. 

Sara is in demand across the country by artists in an array of disciplines - including opera, theatre, circus, dance - as a guide to extend and enrich creative and personal practices. 

Workshops 2023

Intergalactic Arts Collective Studio, #103

Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St, Toronto


Artists exploring personal terrain geared toward professional output


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