Ms Sarah Rachel Foster-Sproull

Master of Dance Studies (First Class Hons)


Sarah Foster-Sproull is an acclaimed choreographer working in New Zealand and internationally. She is the Artistic Director of Foster Group Dance and Creative New Zealand’s Choreographic Fellow for 2017-2019. Sarah has choreographic relationships with Footnote New Zealand Dance, The Royal New Zealand Ballet Company, Tamsyn Russell and DanceBase (Edinburgh), Guangdong Modern Dance Company (China), T.H.E. (Singapore), and VOU (Fiji). To date, her choreographic work has been performed in New Zealand, Singapore, China, Britain, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and Fiji.

Sarah is a PhD student in creative practice at the University of Auckland - Dance Studies. She holds a Masters in Dance Studies (First Class Hons) from the University of Auckland with a focus on dancer-centred choreographic leadership. Her choreographic research traverses large scale works for up to 35 performers, to intimate performances involving one or two dancers. In 2015 she was one of five choreographers selected internationally by Crystal Pite (Kidd Pivot, Netherlands Dans Theatre, The Royal Ballet) to participate in the Craft of Embodiment workshop in Banff, Canada.

In 2019 Sarah will premiere new work with the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company, Footnote NZ Dance, Guangdong Modern Dance Company (China), and VOU (Fiji) and act as the Director of Choreography at WoW (The World of Wearable Art). She will also tour her acclaimed choreography Orchids nationally to Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch.

In her previous career as a performer, Sarah was a founding dancer and choreographer of The New Zealand Dance Company, and additionally danced for kiwi legends Douglas Wright, Malia Johnston, Michael Parmenter, and Raewyn Hill. Through her extensive performance career she has traveled to Australia, The Netherlands, Ireland, The United Kingdom, The Middle East, Canada, Germany, Fiji, Japan, Indonesia, and America.

Research | Current

Feminist Creative Practice in Contemporary Dance

Teaching | Current

Choreographic Practice

Contemporary Dance Technique




2019 Director of Choreography - World of Wearable Arts 

2019 University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship recipient

2017-2019 Creative New Zealand Choreographic Fellow

2017 Most Meritorious Performance, Arts & Cultural, University of Auckland Blues Awards

2015 Vice Chancellors Award, Arts & Cultural



Areas of expertise

Choreographic Research

Contemporary Dance Technique

Contemporary Dance Performance


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Foster, S. R. (2017). Embodied economies: Locating the ‘prosumer-dancer’ within dancers’ experiences of choreographic practice The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.

Contact details

Primary office location

BUILDING 113 - Bldg 113
Level 1, Room 122
New Zealand