Miss Sarah Knox

National Certificate in Dance Performance (NZSD), National Diploma in Dance Performance (NZSD), PgDip Creative and Performing Arts, Master of Creative and Performing Arts


Sarah Knox is a lecturer in the Dance Studies Programme at the University of Auckland. She is currently studying for a Doctor of Philosophy, investigating how creativity acculturates in Dance Studies in higher education.

Sarah has presented research papers at the World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific symposium in Taiwan in 2013 and the World Dance Alliance Global Summit in France in 2014 and will also present in 2015 in Honolulu and Singapore. Along with Dr Rose Martin, Sarah was a co-curator of the Artists’ Voices chapter of the book Moving Oceans: Celebrating Dance in the South Pacific, edited by Associate Professors Ralph Buck and Nicholas Rowe (series editor: Dr Stephanie Burridge), published by Routledge. She is also a regular dance reviewer for Theatreview.

Sarah has taught extensively within a diverse range of recreational, community and educational environments and at pre-tertiary, tertiary and professional levels including the New Zealand School of Dance and Unitec. At the University of Auckland Sarah teaches a range of practical and theoretical courses including technique, choreographic, safe dance practice and professional practices and facilitates extra curricular student performances, events and learning activities. She is also engaged in postgraduate research supervision. In 2015 Sarah co-founded (with Sarah Foster-Sproull) 'Trigger', a choreographic workshop for tertiary dance students.

Sarah is the Secretary of the Tertiary Dance Educators New Zealand Aotearoa (TDENNZA). In 2015 Sarah is the Secretariat for the World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific Sinagpore Symposium. Sarah is also the Chair of the Dance Studies Staff Student Consultative Committee.

Sarah originally trained in classical ballet and contemporary dance at the New Zealand School of Dance. Following graduation in 2001 she worked as a professional dancer for over 12 years and performed nationally and internationally for companies such as Footnote Dance, Black Grace and the New Zealand Dance Company. She has worked with Douglas Wright, Michael Parmenter, Sarah Foster-Sproull, Malia Johnston, Moss Patterson, Maria Dabrowska, Deirdre Tarrant, Carol Brown, Kristian Larsen, Katie Burton, Claire O'Neil, Raewyen Hill, Tairoa Royal, Jeremy Nelson, Moana Nepia, Kate McIntosh, Ann Dewey and Merenia Grey among others. She was involved in the Wellington Settlement Project with Hans Van Broek.

In 2014 Sarah was awarded a two year NICAI early career researcher grant from the University of Auckland to research choreographic practices and pedagogy and undertake practice-led research in South East Asia.

She has created her own choreographic work independently (New Zealand Fringe Festival 2010, 2012; Cactus Dance Company 2013, Tempo Dance Festival, 2015) and for Footnote Dance (2008, 2010) and continues to develop her creative work.

Sarah is also a qualified RYT 200 yoga teacher.

Research | Current

  • Ethnography
  • Creativity
  • Collaboration and choreographic practice/process
  • Practice-led research
  • Dance in Asia
  • Dance Education

Teaching | Current

  • Dance technique
  • Choreography
  • Safe dance practice
  • Dance education
  • Professional Practices
  • Postgraduate supervision

Postgraduate supervision

Vivian Aue (NICAI Summer Scholarship) Practice-led exploration of effectively facilitating the transfer of movement vocabulary from choreographer to dancer.

Vivian Aue (Choreographic Scholarship - VOU Dance Company, Fiji)

Chloe Baynes (Hons) Developing an ethical and professional practice in collaborative dance making.


  • ACTION end of year showcase
  • First year flashmob project
  • International tour facilitation
  • Rehearsal direction for tours and performances
  • Choreographic/staging/performance mentoring for industry performances
  • First year choreographic performance
  • Third year networking evening
  • Artistic liaison - photoshoots


Areas of expertise

  • Dance technique
  • Contemporary dance performance
  • Collaborative dance making
  • Ethnography

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Dance Studies Staff Student Consultative Committee - Academic staff representative

Tertiary Dance Educators Network New Zealand Aotearoa (TDENNZA) - Secretary

Secretariat – World Dance Alliance Asia-Pacific Symposium, Singapore 2015

Co-founder 'Trigger' workshops

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Knox, S. Between there and now, 1/10/2017. [Choreography], (13 minutes), Royal New Zealand Ballet, Harry Haythorne Choreographic Award, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Countney Place, Wellington. Commissioning body: Royal New Zealand Ballet
  • Knox, S. (2017). Citizenship, and the choreographic classroom as grassroots context. Paper presented at World Dance Alliance Global Summit: Dancing from the grassroots, Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada. 23 July - 28 July 2017.
  • Knox, S. Still, in the face of uncertainty, 21/4/2016. (13 minutes), Hatch Season 2, Dance Nucleus Studio, Goodman Arts Centre, Singapore. Commissioning body: Dance Nucleus, National Arts Council, Singapore
  • Rowe, N., Martin, R., Knox, S., & Mabingo, A. (2016). Refugees, migrants, visitors and internally displaced persons: Investigating acculturation in academia. Higher Education Research and Development, 35 (1), 58-70. 10.1080/07294360.2015.1121210
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30585
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rose Martin, Nicholas Rowe
  • Rowe, N., Martin, R. K., Knox, S., & Mabingo, A. (2015). Scholastic role-play as a way of understanding acculturation in Academia. Paper presented at Tertiary Education Research in New Zealand (TERNZ) Conference, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland. New Zealand. 25 November - 27 November 2015. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rose Martin, Nicholas Rowe
  • Knox, S. L. (2015). “Finding my place”: Pedagogical strategies for inclusivity in the dance technique class. Paper presented at 2015 WDA (World Dance Alliance) Americas Conference & Festival: Space and Places: Exploring Dance Narratives through Alternate Lenses, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. 27 July - 31 July 2015. Related URL.
  • Knox, S. (2014). From theory to practice: Activating the dancer-centred paradigm in the dance classroom. Paper presented at WDA Global Summit 2014: Contemporising the past: Envisaging the future, Angers, France. 6 July - 11 July 2014.
  • Knox, S., & Martin, R. K. (2014). Artist voices and biographies. In R. Buck, N. Rowe (Eds.) Moving Oceans: Celebrating dance in the South Pacific. New Delhi, India: Routledge India.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/26448
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rose Martin

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 5, Room 519
New Zealand