Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Sara Juli

Sara Juli has been creating and performing innovative solo work since 2000. Tense Vagina: an actual diagnosis premiered in Portland, ME at SPACE Gallery in October 2015. Since then, it has toured to Bates Dance Festival, 3S Artspace, The Dance Complex, Asheville Masonic Temple and many more, including six performances at American Dance Festival in June 2016 and four performance at The Chocolate Factory Theater in NYC in October 2016. Tense Vagina received a 2015-16 New England Foundation for the Arts NEST Touring Grant and a New England Foundation for the Arts New England Dance Fund Grant.

In NYC, Sara’s work has been presented by Performance Space 122, Danspace Project, 92nd St. Y, Joe’s Pub as part of the Dancenow/NYC Festival, Joyce Soho, Bushwick Starr, and Dixon Place among others. Nationally, her work has been performed at Napa Valley Opera House, Connecticut College, UC Riverside, Bates College, Artown Reno, IN’s Center for the Performing Arts, among others. In February 2006, she created and performed her first full-evening solo show, The Money Conversation, where she gave away her life savings ($5,000 in cash), in a sold-out run at PS122. The Money Conversation toured nationally and internationally from 2007 to 2012 to sold-out houses in The Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, London, Russia, and around the United States. The piece received notable press coverage in The New York Times, The New York Post, and Time Out (New York and New Zealand), on Fox Five News, and National Public Radio.

Sara is entering her third year of creating and performing dances with the inimitable performance artist, Claire Porter. Claire and Sara premiered an ADF commissioned piece, Small Stories at American Dance Festival in summer of 2015 and will premiere a new duet at ADF this summer in 2017.

Sara’s fundraising consulting practice, Surala Consulting, is in its seventh year and advises over 30 national artists and non-profits on strategic fundraising solutions. Sara was awarded the Arts Management Award from Brooklyn Arts Exchange in 2013 and is an Advisory Board member of The Field in NYC and Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, ME where she also taught, The Business of Dance in summer 2015 and 2016. She graduated with honors from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, with degrees in Dance and Anthropology. After 15 years in NYC, Sara relocated to Portland, ME in 2014, with her husband and two children.

You can learn more about Sara at and

Additional Links: 
This is selected excerpts from The Money Conversation performed at UC Riverside as part of my tour. Please note, I'm 6 months pregnant!
Review of Tense Vagina: an actual diagnosis
This is an interview my Husband/Director and I did for The Money Conversation. The interview was picked-up by NPR and ran national.
Review of Tense Vagina: an actual diagnosis
This is a review I received after performing The Money Conversation in London, England.
This is a review I received after performing The Money Conversation in Auckland, New Zealand
My piece, Five of my forty million parts, was selected as Best of Dance at the American Dance Festival in 2003.
Fox Five News ran a segment of The Money Conversation

I Have Worked With

  • October 2016

    I performed the NYC premiere of, Tense Vagina: an actual diagnosis in a four night sold-out run at The Chocolate Factory in NYC in October 2016.

  • August 2016

    I performed an excerpt of, Tense Vagina: an actual diagnosis at Bates Dance Festival in August 2016.

  • August 2016

    I performed, Tense Vagina: an actual diagnosis at DAC in August 2016.


  • NEFA Grantee
  • Artist

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Falmouth, ME 04105
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Primary Discipline: 
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - General
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Populations Served: 
General Public
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Artist (Individual)
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Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Performance / Concert / Reading
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Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Advisory Board Member of The Field in NYC
Advisory Board Member of Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, Maine
Faculty at Bates Dance Festival (2015 &2016)
BA in Dance and Anthropology from Skidmore College
Best of Dance in 2003, by Indy Weekly as part of American Dance Festival.
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
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Light Plot, space to perform, sound system. My work is easily transportable.
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I am a Teaching Artist

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Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Ages Served: 
High School-age
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