Sara Lavan is the founder and executive director of Local Motion Project, and co-owner of Local Motion Studio. She started her movement journey studying ballet in her home town of Sandy Hook, Connecticut. She continued her dance training at Peridance in New York City with Igal Perry and Deborah Damast, and at New York University. She performed and taught in NYC and surrounding areas for over a decade before moving to Alexandria, Va., where she joined Choreographer's Collaboration Project as a dancer and choreographer.
Sara received her Pilates training at the Kane School of Core Integration. She has continuing education in Pilates from Kinected Pilates Center and Balanced Body University. She has also completed trainings in Franklin Method with Eric Franklin, Brain Dance developed by Anne Green Gilbert, Pregnancy and Postpartum fitness with Debora Goodman, MSPT, where she completed advanced training and has completed Ring One Teacher Training in Circus Yoga. Sara has her certification in Holistic Health Counseling from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and Columbia University's Teachers College.Sara opened her own movement studio, Local Motion Studio in 2012, where the dance education program began, and she continues to be a part of the operations. In 2016, the dance program became Local Motion Project, and received a 501(c)(3) status. Sara co-created Alexandria's first public school dance integration program. She belongs to, and has presented for, the National Dance Education Organization, is a faculty member with the Dance West Virginia Fall Festival, and is a commissioner with the Alexandria Arts Commission.