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Dance Sensation Sara Pizzi Shining On NY Stages

By Nick Christophers

Coming over from Italy to America Sara had a specific goal in mind and that was to share her love of dance to the world. So far, she has done just that. She began her studies in dance with ballet and modern until she discovered Hip Hop and Commercial/Urban Dances. The blend of all these different disciplines honed her to what she is today. She studied at the Show Time Dance Studio and the Pedagogical Progression of Dance and Choreographic Composition in Italy.

Before embarking on to America she performed on stage on in music videos. One steppingstone was being a back-up dancer for the popular Italian music band “Tiromamcino” for one of their concerts. In addition, she also worked with Mecnun Giasar, a German choreographer and collaborated with him on a dance video. Her skills landed her on the show “Italian’s Got Talent”. In the ITALIAN WORLD DANCE competition, the team she was a part of won second prize. It was evident her star was beginning to blossom.

After developing her skills and connections in New York she joined the Certificate Program at Peridance Capezio Center. She came to NY on a scholarship from the Academy of Steps on Broadway. In her time in NY, she has already worked with such talent like Nicholas Palmquist, Julie Magneville, Elisabetta Minutoli, Max Stone, Julia Ehrstrand, and G^2. Presently, she performs with two companies The Next Stage Project and Valleto. Since the pandemic hit, they were unable to perform but now both groups are planning a European / USA tour where they would perform in the native countries of the dancers.

“I do have a strong vision because I feel that dance it is my voice and my vehicle to spread my mission. I believe as everyone in this world that have been choosing as a career, I choose to express my opinion through art, and I will use it to contribute to this world to make a better place for everyone. Therefore, my mission is “to normalize art and to empower minorities”. “To normalize art” because I feel that between the “ordinary people” and artists there is a wall.”

Outside of all this work she also created her own creative space called S|R|P|Z. This project will offer her an opportunity to express her own voice and mission while collaborating with other artists. Sara hopes to build on this idea and one day turn into a company or no profit organization. She is also a director as she developed her own dance film entitled “Home”. Then dancer on the film is Aika Takeshima and the videographer Rebecca Oviatt. The message she hoped to convey was to “always believe in yourself and that you are stronger than you may think and that nothing is impossible.”

Currently, she is with Paul Rabinowitz (NYC writer) and Georgia Hursborn (UK dancer based in NYC) to make his poetry “The Monastery” into a dance movie and then hopefully into a live performance. Not to pile more on her plate she is also looking to work on S|R|P|Z project named “When we could Touch” with videographer Kent Miller (NYC photographer) very soon. During April of 2021 she is back working with Aika Takeshima on another two S|R|P|Z productions. 

The first one is called “Blocks” which was created for and with the audience. It was first presented via live zoom, but she looks to present it in an open space like a park or museum.

The second addition would be about bipolar disorder. It is based on real testimonials of some people told through an artistic point of view in the aim to normalize this mental condition. She hopes to present it live at an opening of a NYC mental health care organization. For this specific project she is the creator, choreographer, and videographer. Sara is a strong force of nature that will do anything to bring her love of dance to the world in many different facets.

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