Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Sara Juli

Sara Juli has been creating and performing innovative comedic dance-theater for over two decades. In NYC, her work has been performed at Performance Space 122, The Chocolate Factory Theater, New York Live Arts, Danspace Project, Movement Research at Judson Church, 92nd Street YMCA, and Dixon Place, among many others. Nationally, her work has been performed at American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, Napa Valley Opera House, Connecticut College, The Yard, UC Riverside, SPACE, Bates College, Bowdoin College, Artown Reno, IN’s Center for the Performing Arts, Asheville Masonic Temple, The Dance Complex, TEDxDirigo, 3S Artspace, among many others. Her work has toured internationally to The Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, London, Edinburgh, and Russia. Sara had the honor of creating and touring work with the inimitable Claire Porter from 2014-2018. Sara’s work is represented by Sheffield Global Arts Management.

Sara’s solo, Tense Vagina: an actual diagnosis premiered in Portland, ME, at SPACE in 2015 and 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, a USArtists International Grant, and NEFA’s National Dance Project Touring grant where, as a result, Sara toured the show to ten cities during the 2018 Season. The show also played at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland in 2017 for a month-long run, produced by Underbelly. Sara is proud to have been awarded Maine Arts Commission’s Performing Arts Fellowship in 2017. 

 Sara’s newest solo, Burnt-Out Wife is a recipient of Maine Arts Commission support, New England Foundation for the Arts Expeditions Planning grant, a New England Dance Fund grant, a NEST touring grant and National Dance Project in 2019-2021. The show was scheduled to tour nationally in 2020-21. 

After 15 years in NYC, Sara relocated to Southern Maine, in 2014, with her husband and two children. There she produces Maine Moves, a contemporary dance series presenting Maine-based artists, and is a curatorial advisor to SPACE's, Moving In Space performance series.  She is Chair of Bates Dance Festival’s Advisory Board, and is also an Advisory Board member of The Field in NYC.  Sara is an Affiliated Artist of Bates College. Her fundraising consulting practice, Surala Consulting, is in its eleventh year and advises national artists and non-profits on strategic fundraising solutions. Sara was awarded the Arts Management Award from Brooklyn Arts Exchange in 2013, and is a frequent administrative mentor and grant panelist for The Boston Foundation’s Next Steps and LAB program.s She graduated with honors from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, with degrees in Dance and Anthropology. and @sarajulimoves

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
Shadow Artist performed at TEDEx
Burnt-Out Wife promo video

I Have Worked With

  • February 2021

    I had a virtual residency at Redfern and taught select classes online for one week including a virtual presentation of my show, Burnt-Out Wife.

  • August 2020

    ADF presented a virtual presentation of Burnt-Out Wife with a live-streamed post-performance discussion in August 2020.

  • March 2020

    3S Artspace presented Burnt-Out Wife in a two night run in March 2020, right before the pandemic hit.


  • NEFA Grantee
  • Artist

Contact Information

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Artistic Director/Performer
Physical Address: 
Falmouth, ME 04105
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Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - General
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Theater - General
Theater - Devised / Artist-Led
Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Theater - Storytelling
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General Public
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Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Artist Representation / Artist Management
Consulting - Organizational Capacity
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Performance / Concert / Reading
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
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Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-County Region
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Advisory Board Member of The Field in NYC
Advisory Board Chair of Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, Maine
Faculty at Bates Dance Festival (2015, 2016, 2018)
Curatorial Advisor, SPACE Gallery
Founder/Director of Maine Moves Dance Series
BA in Dance and Anthropology from Skidmore College
Best of Dance in 2003, by Indy Weekly as part of American Dance Festival.
Maine Arts Commission Fellowship, 2017
NEFA National Dance Project Award, 2019-2023
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
Light Plot, space to perform, sound system. My work is easily transportable.
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I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
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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