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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.

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