Artistic Director Sarah Ingley joined the School in 2003.
Prior to then, she directed GBTII, the youth ensemble of Gainesville Ballet Theatre (GBT). She created over 30 original works for GBT, including her full ballet "Snow White" which premiered at the University of Florida Curtis M. Phillips Center in 2006.
Ms. Ingley dances contemporary in the 2007 film "Movement (R)evolution Africa", which premiered in New York City at Lincoln Center's Dance on Camera film festival, where it won the Jury Prize. The documentary continues to screen globally.
In Irish dance, Ms. Ingley has performed as lead soloist multiple tours, including in Las Vegas, in "Christmas WithThe Celts," a Nashville-based production featured as a 2011 PBS special. Locally, she was a member of Inisheer Irish Da"nce Company, during the time it was a show-style step dance troupe for hire. With the troupe she performed at festivals such as Mississippi Celtic Fest in Jackson, where she also taught the children's Irish dance class. She has Irish danced on international LiveVibe digital television (South Korea, Brazil, Ontario, U.S.) and enjoyed competition successes across the southeast.
In ballet, Ms. Ingley performed in the Dance Alive National Ballet corps in multiple classical and contemporary full-length professional works, some with full orchestra, including the southeast United States premier of the entire four-act "Swan Lake". She was a soloist and student choreographer with Dance Theatre of Santa Fe, Santa Fe College.
She is fully certified in the elite American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum®, Levels Primary-7, plus Partnering, from the ABT® Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in New York.
She holds a B.A. in French, the universal language of ballet, from University of Florida, where she graduated summa cum laude.
Ms. Ingley has trained in technique and/or pedagogy under several international dance luminaries. To name just a few: Jason Samuels Smith (tap), Raymond Lukens (ballet), Michael Patrick Gallagher (Irish step), and Keith Cross (jazz).
Ms. Ingley's award-winning musical theatre choreography is seen on main stage productions at the Vam York Theatre and the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre. She has choreographed Hippodrome State Theatre youth programs.
By day, she teaches yoga in several Gainesville locations, and she is Yoga Alliance certified. She also teaches K-5 dance at an arts charter school. In addition to teaching, she writes about dance. She is dance columnist for The Gainesville Sun daily newspaper, and is former copy editor of Dancer Magazine, a national publication.
From 2014 - 2016, she is one of approximately 20 women nationwide selected as brand ambassador for Activyst, an L.A.-based workout-wear company supporting international girls' sports and fitness.
She spends her free time Latin dancing with Orlando and Gainesville troupes, performing at major national salsa festivals and on a Carnival Ecstasy cruise ship. As a mom, she is tremendously proud of her son, a dancer in his own right. She thanks her entire beloved family for their inspiration, presence, and support.