Phoebe Rose Sandford is a modern dancer and singer with a background in classical ballet. She received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she choreographed several pieces and danced in works by notable choreographers such as Trisha Brown, Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Deborah Jowitt, and Gus Solomons Jr. Phoebe was certified and licensed as a yoga teacher and Mind Body Dancer® teacher through the Perri Institute for Mind and Body. She has been teaching yoga and dance throughout Brooklyn, Manhattan, Connecticut, and New Jersey since 2012. Teaching credits include Cynthia King Dance Studio, Gibney Dance Center, BAX, The YMCA, Soma Health Club, Spoke the Hub, and Princeton Dance and Theatre Studio. She was a founding member of RedCurrant Collective, and in addition to dancing and choreographing for her collective, she has performed with mishiDance, Anne Zuerner, The Charles Weidman Foundation, and AMS Project. Theatre credits include Where Have All the Glaciers Gone? with Erin Mee, Versailles 2015 with This Is Not a Theatre Company, Far Away at the Schapiro Theater, and The Bride Project (reading) with Lonesome George. Phoebe has presented her own work at La MaMa, Gibney Dance Center, and Cameo Gallery and was the choreographer and co-director for A Presentation by the People of Lake Victory for Our Leader at The Gym at Judson. She is the director of Copy That Dance, a modern dance company formed in 2016. Phoebe also sometimes plays the ukulele.
how do you take what you learn on the mat into your life and work off the mat?
I'm learning to sit with discomfort, which is easier to do physically first. I stay in chair pose a little longer than I like, I feel my thighs quake and I resist coming up for relief. Or I force myself to try and stay still: it would be so great to tap my fingers or rub my knee, but I don't. I observe the moment and see what comes up past what I thought I could handle.
Off the mat, I am the type of person who will do anything to smooth out the wrinkles of all situations. While this makes it easier for everyone else around me, I miss out on those ugly moments when things get tense or no one knows what to say. So I try to make myself extend that conversation with a stranger (even when we aren't sure when the awkward silence will come, or I admit, Yes, I did forget your name). I try to make conversations without jokes and just listen.