US school honour for Bahrain dancer
Manama, March 28, 2014
A seventeen-year-old Bahrain resident has been accepted to a top dance school in New York.
American Sarah Taylor has lived in Bahrain since she was one and has been dancing since she was six years old at the Victoria Dance School in Hamala.
She applied to the world-renowned Joffrey Ballet School in New York for a summer course and instead was also accepted into their year-long programme.
"My whole dance education is in Bahrain," she told the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
"I've lived here my whole life - that's why it's so crazy to be able to do something like this. I was just applying to the summer course, I did my audition and sent it," said a beaming Taylor.
"I found out that I got into five summer courses, and also the programme starting in September.
"I'm just so happy and really excited about this opportunity.
"In Bahrain I do about seven hours of class a week, whereas there I'll be working six to eight hours a day."
Taylor will enrol in the jazz and contemporary programme in September after she completes the summer course, which starts in August.
"After I finish the programme, I'm going to apply for a BFA degree at universities in New York, as well as audition to get into shows on Broadway or a company one day," she said.
"I also would love to audition for So You Think You Can Dance - I love that show."
The ambitious dancer said her biggest dream was to make enough money through dancing to make it her living. "I want to dance and be paid for it," she said.
"To perform for people is my favourite thing. I also want to use dance to help people - I want to get a master's in dance therapy one day," stated Taylor.
"I want to use it as a psychological way to help. I see how movement releases endorphins and helps me and I want to do that with other people."
She added that her parents and two younger brothers have been supportive.
Victoria Dance School founder Victoria Shaban said she was confident the 17-year-old would have a career in dance.
"What makes Sarah different is she goes the extra mile - she goes home and she works and works and works on it till she's got it," she said.
"She'll try everything, anything and she helps me teach the children," she added.-TradeArabia News Service