Dancer Profile: Sara Lavan of Choreographers Collaboration Project

Sara Lavan is a Pilates teacher, dancer and creative movement instructor based in Alexandria, VA. She currently dances with Choreographers Collaboration Project (CCP), a modern dance company founded in 1998 by Mary Jo Smet and Janet Stormes. Sara’s dance experience includes both ballet and modern. For more information about CCP, visit their website.

Sara LavanWhere do you usually take class? Who is your favorite teacher in the DC area?

I usually take class at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center with one of CCP’s founders Janet Stormes. I also take ballet class at BalletNova Center for Dance with fellow company member Silvia Burnstein-Hendi.

How has dance changed your life? How do you feel when you’re dancing?

Dance keeps me company through the challenges of life. It has given me focus, purpose and an outlet for creativity that has always been a necessity for me. The training specifically has given me a strong work ethic, a deep respect for others and an overall appreciation for the arts and their role in creating a rounded and adjusted society. How do I feel when I dance? Many ways – joyous, disappointed, creative, energized, emotional. It all depends on the day and where I am in my journey. That is the beauty of dance. It changes and can change with you, offer support and help you grow.

Any advice for people who are interested in dance, but have never danced before?

Do it! I have always been a strong advocate for bringing dance to everyone. In my own teaching I focus on the very young to encourage dance, and open families up to the possibilities it can offer. There are many beginner classes of all types in the area. Try different types, ask around, find movement that speaks to you. As a movement enthusiast, I believe moving and wellness are deeply connected.

Anything you want to promote? Anyone you want to give a shout out to?

We have a great show coming up at Dance Place in June. You can get more information about the show at www.ccpdance.org. Shout out of course to Janet Stormes and Mary Jo Smet for giving me this opportunity to continue my dance journey in such a profound way after leaving New York City. My life has truly taken an amazing turn.

Dancer Profile: Lisa Torphy of Choreographers Collaboration Project

Lisa Torphy is a consultant who currently performs with Choreographers Collaboration Project, a modern dance company based in Alexandria, VA. Her dance background includes a strong foundation of ballet and modern. Growing up, she received ballet training with Repertory Dance Theatre in Allentown, PA, where she studied under Dolly Haltzman, Jennifer Haltzman Tracy and Maurice Brandon Curry. In college, she was a member of Penn State’s Orchesis Dance Company where she focused on jazz and modern. Follow Lisa on Twitter @LTorphy.

Lisa TorphyWhere do you usually take class? Who is your favorite teacher in the DC area?

I usually take class with CCP (check our website for details) and BalletNova Center for Dance. BalletNova has a great variety of classes with excellent teachers. My favorite class is ballet with Constance Walsh.

How has dance changed your life? How do you feel when you’re dancing?

Dance has given me a drive and motivation that I think only dancers can understand. As a young professional, it is nice to have a creative outlet outside of work. Dancing keeps me refreshed, focuses and energized and makes me feel alive.

Any advice for people who are interested in dance, but have never danced before?

My advice is, try it! There are so many great opportunities for dance in the DC area. Start with a beginner’s class and move up from there. There is absolutely no reason to feel embarrassed or discouraged. Anyone and everyone can dance – movement is completely natural. CCP recently had the opportunity to do a creative movement workshop with a group of seniors and it was unbelievable to see what they created and watch them move through space. It was completely inspiring. My point is – dance doesn’t have to be tutus and pink tights. You can do it in sweatpants in your living room to your favorite song! There are a lot of classes out there that cater to every level and type of dance.

Anything you want to promote? Anyone you want to give a shout out to?

Please visit CCP online for updates on classes and performances. Our youth “Young at Heart” spring dance concert will take place on Saturday, March 26th. On stage this special evening will be young dancers from our children’s classes and student choreographers. Follow CCP on Twitter @DanceCCP and Like our Facebook page.

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