M.A. in Dance, University of Colorado at Boulder
B.A. in Dance, and Elementary Education, University of New York College at Brockport
C.M.A. in Laban Movement Analysis/Bartienieff Fundamentals, Laban Institute of Movement
Studies, University of Maryland College Park
Areas of Expertise
K-12 Dance Education
Ms. Perez has resided in the Baltimore/ Washington area since 1978 after receiving
her Masters in Dance from the University of Colorado at Boulder and directing her
own company. Upon joining the dance faculty of the University of Maryland at College
Park, she also became a soloist with Maryland Dance Theater, a modern dance repertory
company in residence. There she danced lead roles throughout the east coast working
with such choreographers as, Anna Sokolow, Murray Louis, Lar Lubovitch, Matthew Diamond,
Hannah Khan, Rachel Lambert, Elisa Monte, Dan Wagner and Alvin Mayes. Ms. Perez has
been on the faculty of numerous institutions including, George Mason University, Montgomery
College, The Academy of the Maryland Youth Ballet, James Hubert Blake High School
of Montgomery County Maryland and the Cecchetti Council of America. She was honored
by the Wolf Trap Foundation for The Arts for her dedication to teaching the arts in
education and was also invited to perform for the Dance Place’s 25th Anniversary of
Washington’s Leading Women Artists.
In addition to her many teaching accomplishments, Ms. Perez has choreographed for
professional companies and youth groups throughout the United States including for
the Westport Ballet in Kansas City and Lancaster Ballet Theater of Pennsylvania. She
holds the Advanced Professional teaching certificate and is a Certified Movement Analyst
through the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in NYC.
Ms. Perez is currently an Assistant Professor at Towson University where she is a
K-12 dance specialist. She supervises student teachers, teaches Dance Education courses
and First Year Foundational Ballet. Her current research revolves around discovering
new applications for incorporating somatics into ballet pedagogy, teaching STEM through
dance and creating educational choreography for the K-12 population.
Sandra has presented for the National Dance Education Organization, the National Dance
Association, CORPS de Ballet International and the Maryland Association of Health,
Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She recently premiered a solo work in Progress
entitled Sketches on Level Changes at Towson University.