Choreographer in Residence

Sarah Tallman



Sarah Tallman was born and raised in Greeley, Colorado. A once small town with an unusually prolific number of passionate teachers, her early training not only pushed her through the rigors of classical ballet but also exposed her to music and theatrics. Sarah had the pleasure of training with Deb Larson, Chérie Noble, Lizanne McAdams-Graham, Arthur Leeth, and Jeffrey Rockland. She holds a BA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Northern Colorado where she studied under the tutelage of Dr. Karen Genoff-Campbell, Dr. Sandra Minton and Jeffrey Rockland.

Recently retired from a 22 year performing career, Sarah currently serves as Ballet Master/ Associate Choreographer for Wonderbound, a new American dance company based in Denver, CO. During her 15 year tenure as a company artist, she danced in and originated numerous Principal roles by award winning Artistic Director Garrett Ammon.  She had the opportunity to perform alongside musicians, poets, mentalists, actors and visual artists. Her technical prowess and artistic development have been guided by Wonderbound President, Dawn Fay.

Sarah has been featured in world premieres by Jennifer Hart, Hannah Kahn, Maurya Kerr, Laurie Stallings, Amy Seiwert, Ma Cong, LeeWei Chao, Alex Ketley, Mark Godden and Robert Mills.

Prior to joining Wonderbound (formerly Ballet Nouveau Colorado), Sarah danced with David Taylor Dance Theatre, Kim Robards Dance, Lynn Barr, Gleich Dances Contemporary Ballet and Baardar Danse Kompagnie in Oslo, Norway. Additionally, Sarah danced as a Principal Artist with Central City Opera.

An accomplished choreographer, she has created several works for Wonderbound in collaboration with multi-faceted Denver based musicians and visual artists. She has created works for Oklahoma City Ballet, Burklyn Ballet Theatre, Kent State University, University of Northern Colorado, Perry-Mansfield and Western Arkansas Ballet. Sarah was one of four recipients of the 2015 National Choreographers Initiative. 2020 allowed Sarah to explore film making for dance. Her works appeared in Dance Performa’s fall film event, LunaSeas film festival and were featured as a part of Wonderbound’s Short Films.

Sarah is guided by the humility that permeates the human spirit. She believes art and the stimulus of music and movement can awaken the senses by exploring the complexities of being human.

The simple things that make Sarah smile include twinkling lights, the mountains and the color orange. She resides in Denver with her loving husband, and their pets.