Sara Lavan is the founder and executive director of Local Motion Project. Sara began studying ballet in Newtown, Connecticut, where creativity and community outreach were important components to the training. She continued her dance training at New York University and Peridance Center, in New York City. While living in NYC, Sara studied, taught and performed for over 15 years. After relocating to Alexandria, her dance journey continued with Choreographers Collaboration Project, and she started teaching again. Sara opened her own 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 continues to teach with the project, both in a studio setting and in public schools, where she co-created Alexandria's first public school dance integration program. She belongs to, and has presented for, the National Dance Education Organization, is trained in Brain Dance developed by Anne Green Gilbert, and is a Pilates instructor. Contact Sara at