Sarah Hamilton Savage has been trained in most styles of dancing including Lyrical, Modern, Tap, Ballet, and Pointe. In 1995 she was chosen to be a featured dancer in The Nutcracker with The Minnesota Ballet Company. A few years later she started training in several ballroom styles, and by 2000 she was a coach for the East Coast Swing Club in Tigard, Oregon.
In 2001 she decided to relocate to Branson where she became a live stage performer (singer/dancer/actress) for the musical entitled Mississippi Love, starring Debby Boone (Hit Song: 'You Light Up My Life') and Jerry Van Dyke (Actor from TV Sitcom: 'Coach'). Shortly thereafter she began to teach private and group ballroom lessons.
Sarah has choreographed many weddings, music videos, and other televised events all over the country. Sarah has taught in several cities including: Tigard, Oregon; Princeton, New Jersey; Clarksville, Arkansas; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Nashville, Tennessee.
She also had the opportunity of coaching and performing with many celebreties including Steve McCall (Sports Announcer for Tulsa Oilers, Oklahoma), Stacy Widelitz (CoWriter for 'She's Like The Wind' from Dirty Dancing, Tennessee), and Mark Alan Peters (Award Winning Country Producer & Songwriter, Tennessee).
After training in both Arthur Murray and Fred Astaire studios, her list of competitive categories include both International Standard & Latin as well as American Smooth and Rhythm. Sarah currently resides in Davenport, Florida and offers lessons at The Stage Dance Acadamy at Cagans Crossings. She also teaches in Nashville, TN and Tulsa, OK when traveling in the summertime.
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"I had the privilege of having Sarah teach me a Waltz routine for a charity fundraiser in Tulsa. in 2010. I had no dance experience and at the contest one of the judges (who I had known and worked with in another capacity) said 'Steve McCall you've got skill--who would have guessed it?'. There were six pro dancer local celebrity couples. I was selected the rising star award which meant I came along the furthest during the competition, which meant I had the best teacher of the six pros. Sarah brought her student the furthest! She did that for me, she will do it for you. Plus she is as charming as she is talented. I'm proud to have been her first student in a competition as a teacher, and even prouder that we are still friends after all these years."
"I took Argentine Tango lessons from Sarah in Nashville. Her demonstrations of technique, especially for the ladies following their leads, made me LOVE this dance! I walked away from every single lesson feeling more confident. Her encouragement and willingness to take extra time with each of us on any move we were struggling with always made a huge difference."
Mark Alan Peters
"I started taking private lessons with Sarah to learn the basics of classic steps. Dancing can be an ice breaker. I wanted to be able to step into any social situation (with music playing) and have an immediate way to connect & communicate with anyone in the room. Sarah immediately keyed in on my skill level and made me feel comfortable & made learning fun. I would recommend Swing & Rumba styles."
"I was an absolute beginner, and Sarah was patient, professional and compassionate. She helped me gain confidence, and that's half the battle right there. Sarah is proficient in many styles from Latin to swing, and my experience with her was fun and enjoyable."
"I took private lessons from Sarah for smooth and rhythm styles of dance. Sarah was engaged with teaching while discovering my style of learning as to be able to instruct me with greater effect. I enjoyed her warmth and dedication to the craft of ballroom dance. She is an amazing young lady with lots of talent and energy! I enjoyed learning waltz, foxtrot, tango, cha cha, rumba, and other dances which I had only limited previous experience."
Sarah Hamilton is a very talented dancer, dance instructor, and is just a joy to be around. At a Tango event we attended in Chicago, her heel broke and we didn't have a spare set of dance shoes. She tangoed for nearly 3 hours straight barefoot and on her toes without stopping. All of this, and it was after driving 12 hrs in near blizzard conditions, and attending a Disney on ice show for her daughter earlier that day. Such a trooper! I would highly recommend her as a teacher or dance partner!
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