Sawyer McNamara, Instructor

Headshot Sawyer McnamaraSAWYER MCNAMARA (she/her), originally from Alpena, MI, is a dancer, choreographer, and educator currently based in Chicago, IL. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Western Michigan University, as well as a Certificate in Dance Studio Management in the spring of 2023. Throughout her time at Western, Sawyer has gotten the opportunity to perform works by Seyong Kim, Monique Haley, Jeremy Blair, Kaitlyn Pollock, Kiki Lucas, Katy Copeland, and Kimberly Cooper of Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. In addition to these notable performances, Sawyer served as a company member of Western Dance Project (2022-2023) under the direction of Kelsey Paschich. After completing her time at Western, Sawyer served as an apprentice for ConteXture Dance Detroit (2023) under the direction of Tracy Halloran. In addition to performing and working within dance companiesSawyer enjoys sharing her passion through educating and sharing movement with others. Sawyer has been working as an educator and choreographer for The Dance Centre in Alpena, MI since 2017. In addition to this, Sawyer also served as president of Movement Exchange at Western Michigan University from 2021-2023. Being in this role allowed her lead an entire chapter of members in providing free, sustainable movement education to underserved populations in Kalamazoo, MI and Panama City, Panama. She now continues her work with Movement Exchange as a University Chapter Coordinator, which enables her to establish Movement Exchange chapters nationwide! Sawyer looks forward to continuing her teaching journey at Reverie Dance Academy!