Sara Wood

Sara has danced at Denise Lester Dance Academy since the young age of 3, it was here that Sara discovered her true passion and love for dance and performing.  In that time she trained in jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, acro, hip hop, contemporary, modern and musical theater. Sara has completed all of her dance exams with the B.A.T.D and was starred for the ballet scholarship for 4 years in a row. She has also received her associate certification in ballet, stage, modern and acro with the B.A.T.D. As a competitive dancer with the Denise Lester Dance Academy Sara has competed across North America winning various trophies and awards with the rest of the competitive team. As a soloist, she had the honor of winning: the title Sr. Superstar Soloist, recipient of the Director’s Choice Award, and received the highest mark within multiple competitions for several years. Sara has received special recognition for stage presence, technique, and emotional execution; and received several competitions awards for being an inspiration. She has been awarded: the ‘Be Discovered Broadway Bound’ Scholarship, the ‘Be Discovered Summer in LA’ Scholarship and the ‘5678 NYC Summer intensive’ Scholarship.

Over the years Sara has also had professional experience dancing for charity galas and benefits; such as Sick Kids I Believe Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes, and the Children’s Aid Society. She has also danced for events, such as Dancing on the Walk at Universal Studios Orlando, International Tap Day, Mini Miss Canada Pageants, and The Weekenders Fashion shows. In the summer of 2006 Sara was hired by Paramount Canada’s Wonderland as a dancer in their Nickelodeon Celebration Parade. Since then she has continued to be hired back to Canada’s Wonderland as a dancer in the following featured stage shows; Dance to the Music, Dead Awakening, Signed Sealed Delivered, Fangs, Psycho Circus, Start Me Up and Beyond the Grave.  Sara had the honour of being selected to take part in the Finals Week for So You Think You Can Dance Canada Season 4.

Sara is currently part of the faculty at the Denise Lester Dance Academy.  Sara has also taught for City of Pickering, the elementary and high school systems and for various summer camps and workshops. Currently, Sara is at York University working towards her BFA in Performance Dance and her BEd in Sr. Education.

Sara welcomes dancers to the amazing Denise Lester Dance family and hopes to inspire her students to continue to grown and express themselves through dance as well as discover their true passion whatever it may be!