Sara Earl, MS, NCC
Sara Earl is a Pre-licensed Professional Counselor, a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and is on course to complete certification as a registered dance/movement therapist (R-DMT) from the American Dance Therapy Association in early 2023. Ms. Earl holds an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University, MS in Visual Communications from Pratt Institute and a BFA in Art History and Studio Art from the University of Texas. She has been a dancer since she was three years old and has been facilitating group movement for 20 years.
Sara Earl started dancing when she was three years old and went on to train in ballet, modern, folk dance, and jazz and to perform professionally. She taught aerobics classes until she discovered conscious dance, primarily in form of 5Rhythms and The Nia Technique.
She has danced everything from Authentic Movement to Gaga/people and has gleaned a broad view of creative possibilities and multidimensional benefits of dance through this persistent exploration of techniques. She continues to take a weekly technique class.
She has been facilitating dance experiences for two decades. Through her offerings, she strives to reconnect others to the joy of dance and offer the physical and emotional gifts of awareness gleaned through movement. She has taught in recreational, educational, and clinical environments; she has led groups of caregivers, children, teens, young adults with intellectual disabilities, cancer survivors, and Parkinson's patients. Her clinical experience includes working at a residential treatment center for eating disorders, co-facilitating IOP groups focused on anxiety and depression and leading an outpatient group for complex medical conditions and chronic pain.
Sara’s professional focus on movement for holistic health is reflected in the ongoing inquiry into group improvisatory techniques, participatory performance, and dance for sociocultural health. Her open class format, danceology, is a blend of improvisation, wellness, and conscious dance and meets every second Sunday in Lower Merion.
As a result of these experiences, Ms. Earl has an international network of fitness, dance, movement, and mental health professionals. She has produced movement-oriented trainings and events and developed movement-oriented after-school and childcare programs. She has participated in the marketing, design, and management of several movement studios and is the igniter of Room to Move cooperative studio concept.
A former and concurrent career track, Ms. Earl has over 20 years of work experience in visual communications, project and product management, and entrepreneurship. She worked with such prestigious clients as AT&T, Electronic Arts, IBM, Texas Instruments, the San Antonio Museum of Art, and numerous small businesses to produce print and interactive marketing and educational material. She has helped run a nonprofit and served as the CEO of a rainwater engineering firm with her water-engineer husband.
She lives in Bala Cynwyd with her husband and three daughters, all of whom love to dance.