Sarah Brown – Director of National Conservatoire Performing Arts

Sarah Brown – Director of National Conservatoire Performing Arts

Entry into the Dance World

Sarah started out at the Queensland Dance School of Excellence at the age of 14.

At the age of 16 Sarah was accepted into the WA Academy of Performing Arts under the direction of Lucette Aldous, one of Australia’s leading ladies in dance, being both principal artist with the Royal Ballet Company and Australian Ballet. Sarah had the opportunity to do Don Quixote, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, new works from American dancer and choreographer Patrik Dady and got to perform a new contemporary work choreographed by Tim Gorden as well as study Spanish and ballroom.

At 18 Sarah was invited to go to Paris and Lyon where she danced at the conservatoire in both Paris and Lyon with the Paris and the Lyon Opera’s where she proceeded to dance throughout London and Germany before her return to Australia.

Australian Achievements

Upon Sarah’s return, she performed as a guest artist in Sleeping Beauty where she alternated the roles of Aurora and the Lylac Fairy. After dancing at the Sydney Opera House Sarah had the opportunity to work and collaborate with principal artists from the Australian Ballet working alongside the likes of Fiona Tonkins, David Ashmole, Christine Walsh, Marylin Jones and many more. The opportunity to work with both national and international choreographers in both classical and modern fields has given Sarah much diversity in the dance world.

In 2003 Sarah became principal dancer with the National Conservatoire Ballet Company, an independent company in Melbourne, where she performed many diverse roles for over 8 years. Performing in Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Les Sylfide, Don Quixote and Copellia to name a few as well as fairy tales from the Ugly Duckling, Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel and the Little Match Girl. During her time in Melbourne Sarah performed guest roles and danced new works from guest choreographers from Australia. During her time as Principal Dancer and Assistant Director Sarah had her own successful dance school for over 12 years and is a qualified teacher with the Australian Institute of Classical Dance under the guidance of Marliyn Jones.

Sarah was also guest examiner for dance schools in Melbourne throughout the 12 years she was there. Sarah was often a guest teacher in other dance schools helping students get ready for assessments, exams and auditions from other dance schools, including the Australian Ballet School.

She moved to Queensland in 2013 as a guest teacher and toured to regional areas holding workshops and masterclasses. It was on her travels that she came to realize the lack of opportunities for dance students in rural areas and decided to use her experience in dance to start up a youth company that focuses on giving back to the community in not only giving students greater opportunities but also taking dance into more rural areas and making it more accessible for everyone.

International Recognition 

Sarah was the 13th Australian to be invited to join the international dance council based in Paris and in 2017  the very first Australian to teach at a World Congress. As well as teaching at Congress, Sarah took 6 students with her where they were the first Australian Youth Company to perform at an International Congress.

Sarah teaches masterclasses for major competitions and has many international contacts. She is a very well-respected dancer and teacher internationally and has been invited back to World Congress and has open invitations to many international dance programs and companies.