Sarah Stackhouse was born in the Midwest of the United States and lived her early years in Michigan until her family moved to a suburb of New York City.
She began her study of modern dance in a small dance school, which in retrospect, seems now to her like a cross between the aesthetics of Isadora Duncan and Mary Wigman. Having won a scholarship Sarah Stackhouse was fortunate to be able to attend the American Dance Festival (ADF) at Connecticut College, the six week summer teaching residence of Martha Graham and José Limón.
She continued her education at the University of Wisconsin and studied in the first dance major in an American University. The teachers and artists that influenced her the most are José Limón, Merce Cunningham and Antony Tudor.
In 1959 she joined the José Limón Company, working also as José Limón’s assistant at the Julliard School. 10 years later she left America and moved to Italy. In 1972 she returned to the United States to teach at the State University of New York and dance as free-lance since then.
Today Sarah Stackhouse is one of the important ballet mistresses who rehearse the Limón ballets in companies around the world.