Sandra C. Atkinson is the Founder/Artistic Director of Light Switch Dance Theatre (sites-specific modern dance company) and Co-Artistic Director of the Jazz Is....Dance Project. She has a B.A. in Dance from University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a M.A. in Performing Arts: Dance from American University. Sandra currently teaches at Montgomery College (Rockville, MD), American University (Washington, DC), Goucher College (Baltimore, MD) and City Ballet (Hagerstown, MD). She has also taught master classes at American College Dance Festival, Washington Ballet School, Dance Place (ReVision Dance Company class), and for Equinox Dance Company. Sandra has created works for Equinox Dance Theatre, Next Reflex Dance Collective, City Ballet, American University and Montgomery College Dance Company. Sandra has performed professionally with Next Reflex Dance Collective, Peter Dimuro, Jane Franklin Dance, Carla & Company at Dance Place, and Liz Lerman Dance Exchange.
In 2012, Sandra was awarded the Smithsonian Faculty Fellowship from Montgomery College. She has also been a Dance Metro/DC Selection Panelist for the 2012 Awards and Advisory Board member for ReVision Dance Company. She was honored to be on the 2011-2012 Board of Director's for Equinox Dance Theatre and Next Reflex Dance Collective. Due to her background and love for the theatre, she is the choreographer for Round House Theatre (Silver Spring, MD) Musical Theatre Summer Intensive and has also taught master classes and intensives in Musical Theatre for Imagination Stage (Bethesda, MD). Some of her professional theatre work includes choreography for Glass Mind Theatre Company (Baltimore, MD) production of Midsummer Night's Dream, Fells Point Corner Theatre's (Baltimore, MD) production of Durang Durang, Strand Theatre's Production of One Glitz Wish (Baltimore, MD)