Sarah Steben Looks Ahead to a Career Move in LA

West Islander Sarah Steben, raised in Beaconsfield and presently a resident of Ste. Anne de Bellevue, is a professional dancer on the rise and en route to Los Angeles. She’ll head there for a few weeks in January, with the hope of returning in April for a more extended stay.

Sarah, 27, recently performed on the La Voix Junior Finale, viewed by 2.3 million on TVA. In past years she made it to the top 60 on CTV’s former So You Think You Can Dance Canada show, where her drive for pursuing dance professionally blossomed. She was selected amongst thousands of dancers in 2013 to be a part of the Monsters of Hip Hop cast in LA, where she is also now part of a hybrid dance company (R.ED) directed by celebrity choreographer Rhapsody James.

For Sarah, a career in dancing began at the age of 15 at Studio A. During her time there she became a member of the two-time world Hip Hop champion crew Extreme, which allowed her the opportunity to travel to various cities in the US, Canada and Europe. Following her experience with Extreme, Sarah became a part of the all-female crew Aftermath, directed by Erik Saradpon. This was a pivotal moment in her career as she also became passionate about teaching and choreography. Since then, she has had the opportunity to work choreographically with local artists such as Jaden Chase, Red Roche and Chris James. She has made several network TV appearances and worked with large local production companies like Moment Factory and Cirque du Soleil.

“My ultimate career goals are to teach internationally overseas, as well as dance for a major recording artist whether it be a world tour, music video, or award show,” Sarah says.

In the meantime, Sarah earns a living here as a kickboxing instructor at 30 Minute Hit in Kirkland. “My sister was a trainer there,” she explains. “I started out as a member and became a trainer as well. I enjoy the experience. It is good for self-defence.”

Sarah also spends several nights a week in studio to keep her dancing up to speed. “I am really appreciative of my boss at 30 Minute Hit,” she says. “I come and go due to my dance commitments, but he always holds my spot.”

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{ SOURCE: The Suburban | }