Introducing Sarah Curran. Sarah is in professional dance training and working hard round the clock. She was dazzling in her initial photoshoot. Read all about Sarah below and shop her photoshoot style.
Tell us a little bit about your dance training so far: Where and when you started out? Where you have trained and worked?
I started dancing initially when I was 3 years old; my mother brought me to ballet class once a week. While still attending ballet each week, I started competitive ballroom and Latin classes at 7 and competed in Irish and UK competitions up until the age of 13. During this time, my sister and cousin opened up Dance Republic Studios in Carlow town. I competed there from 2011-2020 in Freestyle, slow-dance and hip hop/commercial. Over the course of the last 8 years and in particular, the most recent few, I completely devoted my life to dancing and decided to take it up as a career. When I left school in 2018, I studied Dance for a year in Inchicore college before taking the leap of moving to the UK. I spent my time outside Inchicore auditioning for UK colleges and as of 2019 I now train full time at London Studio Centre.
In terms of work, I have taken on a few interesting contracts since 2017. I danced alongside Irish DJ Bad Bones at several events around the country including music festivals such as; Electric Picnic, Indiependence, Beatyard, and most recently M for Montreal in Canada. Alongside dancing for Bad Bones I have worked with Cadbury, The Premier League, Eddie Rockets, Dublin Fashion Festival and Xposé. Training and studying have been my priority for the last couple of years but I am proud to have taken on this work during that time.
What has been your favourite dance-related moment in your career so far?
My favourite dance-related moment in my career so far would be winning slow-dance superstar at 15. In the world of freestyle and slow-dance this is the highest accolade there is, so to achieve this gave me, my teachers and my family great pride. In 2017 I competed for a ‘creme de la creme’ title, winning a fully-funded trip to New York to train in Broadway Dance Centre. This was also a very proud moment for me in my dance career.
Did you get up to any interesting dance projects during lockdown?
During the lockdown, I continued my college training with London Studio Centre via Zoom. We should have had our end of year showcase ‘Dance Overture’ in July of this year but due to the virus that couldn’t happen so we did a ‘Digital Dance Overture’. We learned routines, performed, recorded them and sent them off and the staff at college produced a fabulous piece of work that we'll have for years. This was a really enjoyable experience and was a great distraction from all the madness going on at the time.
Why did you decide to apply for the ambassador programme?
I applied for the ambassador programme because I know Dance World to be a huge support system for dancers in Ireland. That includes providing dancers with everything from their first pair of pointe shoes to professional audition leotards and understanding what dancing means to people and the love/dedication they have for it. I have always admired any support that is shown or given to the dancing community and anybody who is a part of that. So to be associated with an established brand that is so well-liked and admired was something I loved the idea of.
What one piece of advice would you like to give to younger/aspiring dancers who are just starting out?
I always believe in trying to be as well rounded as possible. I think don’t limit yourself to perfecting one dance style or one dance move, try everything and gain experience; this can only add to your ability as a dancer. I started off as a lyrical slow dancer and now consider myself a keen hip hop and commercial dancer. Both styles taught me different skills and tricks that I can now use in my future career.
What do you hope to achieve career-wise this year?
Because I am still in training, I’m not looking to start working professionally full time for another year or two so for the time being my training is my priority. I’m definitely going to push myself out of my comfort zone and become familiar with styles I find scary or uncomfortable. I would love to be as versatile as possible, so I am definitely hoping to make that happen this year.
What is your favourite Dance World product?
My favourite Dance World product are the two-piece Bloch sets. I find they fit really comfortably and I always love the look of a two-piece set on performers; I think they are really flattering.
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