At the age of eighteen, Sara Hinding has danced her way into the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts. A Studio Dance Arts Dancer since doors opened in 2003, Sara has been an exceptional student advancing her skillset in ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap and hiphop.
After winning numerous top soloist awards throughout Canada and the United States, Sara has since graduated and will be attending Sheridan College to pursue musical theatre; but not until she performs in the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. According to the New York Times, the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is “the dance center of the nation.”
Studio Dance Arts has awarded Sara with a $1000 scholarship. “It’s a thrill for all of us at the school to watch Sara flourish. We saw that special talent within her since she walked into the studio. We have laid a good foundation for her and hopefully helped her to be confident in her dreams of pursuing a professional career. Her acceptance to Jacob’s Pillow is definitely a step in the right direction as she continues her dance journey,” Studio Dance Arts Founder/Executive Director Richard Kim stated.
Last summer a guest teacher and Broadway Performer, Shannon Lewis, recognized Sara’s potential and recommended she audition. The highly specialized program accepts only twelve female students and twelve male students out of hundreds of applicants from around the world. Sara’s audition tape earned her a spot for a month long training session.
The 220-acre campus includes two theatres, an outdoor stage, five dance studios, exhibition galleries, gardens and a wetlands trail. Sara will be taught in a class small enough for individual coaching in a rehearsal environment. Daily technique classes rotate among various dance styles including ballet and jazz. Education in vocal training, audition coaching and career-building discussions are also part of the curriculum.
Sara will have the opportunity to work with an award-winning Broadway Choreographer, the legendary Chet Walker, along with many others to create original numbers with the same fast-pace rigor required to audition in Broadway productions.
Studio Dance Arts is now celebrating a 12th season and students have begun to enter the professional world. “It is very inspiring,” Kim adds, “to see that the education provided at our company has done a good job in preparing our students. We have planted the seeds and are now able to watch our students grow and flourish.”