GREEN TAPS TO THE TOP
I didn’t think I would get it. I didn’t even compute that it would be me. I was so happy and excited.
— Sarah Green
SARAH Green started dancing when she was just three years old.
This year, the 19-year-old took out the Gwen Mackey Gold Cross Tapping Award at QPAC in Brisbane, going up against dancers from all over Queensland.
“It’s a very rigorous exam,” Ms Green said.
“It is the last exam that you can do in the CSTD (The Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing) tap syllabus. I believe the examiner said I performed everything very excitingly and showed it very well. Out of everyone who did it in Queensland I got the highest marks for that year. They have these exams in Brisbane and up north, they have them all over the state. I was shocked. I didn’t think I would get it. I didn’t even compute that it would be me. I was so happy and excited.”
Ms Green has just finished her first year at QUT studying for a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in dance to become a dance teacher.
“I finished Year 12 in 2015,” Ms Green said.
“I worked at the dance school (The Ritz Stanthorpe) for a year and then went to uni so it was very different to what I am used to. But it is a great experience. I am very excited.
“I am very happy to be able to do what I love.”
Ms Green said she loved being able to perform and teach students dance.
“I am qualified in jazz teaching with the Ritz and uni will help me get into teaching for a school if I want to do that,” she said.
“I must have been 10 or 11 when I came home from dance one day and I knew I want to be able to teach dance. I just love teaching. We’re learning a lot of new skills at uni like choreography skills and how to teach and different techniques to be able to teach different types of students. That’s really interesting.”
OVERWHELMED: Sarah Green recently won the Gwen Mackey Gold Cross Tapping Award.