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Sara's work combines: Acting & Theatre, Education, and Teaching / Mentoring

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Day In The Life

Former Dancer. Currently a Dance Teacher.

I was a dancer in musical theatre, TV and film and now I teach dance.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Dance Therapy/Therapist

    The New School

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Dancers:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Theatre/Theater

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Had a passion for ballet and never considered an alternative.

  • 2.

    Moved to New York danced with Joffrey ll and soon after got injured and was told I would never dance again.

  • 3.

    Found myself in a musical theatre dance class, with no clue what that meant, but knew I loved it!

  • 4.

    Was taken under the wing of Chet Walker who introduced me to the great Gwen Verdon.

  • 5.

    Gwen granted me a scholarship that paid for all acting, singing & dance classes for a year.

  • 6.

    For the next 10 yrs I worked w/the best in the business on some of the biggest stages.

  • 7.

    One night on stage I felt unfulfilled and decided to go to college- 10 yrs after leaving HS!

  • 8.

    I graduated w/a certificate in dance/movement therapy and am excited to give the gift of dance to others.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

    HS counselor said: You should stop narrowing your choices of what to do as a career-dancing is too limited and you won't make any money. Some family said: You should go to college right out of HS if you want to be taken seriously in this world. Dance teachers said: You shouldn't try to be a dancer- you're not thin enough, you're lacking turnout/extension. Agents said: you didn't book the gig because you're too quirky/not All American enough/too exotic/too tall/too short/too sexy.

  • How I responded:

    I may not have had the best technique, but I had great artistry and I believed that those who appreciated it most would support me, and the others...well, they didn't matter. Early in my career I learned to stop being what I thought others wanted because the moment I did that I would lose an opportunity in which they were looking for me. I never forgot why I was in NY-if I had to quit my survival job for a dance gig, I did- there was always another waitressing job. I was my only competition.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I was never above a job. If I needed money I took the job dancing at weddings/birthdays, working @ a tradeshow- I did what I had to, to stay in dance class and stay focused on my goals and keep the noise out!