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ALL ABOUT SARAH RORABECK

CAEA, ABATD, Adv. Dip MT-Performance, PAA, ADA

Voted Best Dance Instructor (Diamond and Platinum Winner - Oshawa/Whitby)! Sarah Rorabeck has over 15 years of experience educating children and adults in dance. As a teacher who still works with recreational, part-time and full-time competitive students, she is well versed in all genres, and specializes in Tap, Musical Theatre and Jazz. Currently, Sarah works full-time choreographing award-winning competitive pieces, adjudicating dance competitions in Canada and the USA and putting students through their BATD examinations.


Sarah Rorabeck is a graduate, with honours, of Sheridan’s prestigious Music Theatre Performance program, where she extensively studied dance, vocal and acting. She holds her Associate level Teacher’s Membership in the BATD in both tap and jazz, and is an accredited adjudicator through Judge Alliance’s PAA program. She is a founding member of the Acro Dance Adjudicators (ADA), where she became a certified Acro and Dance Adjudicator. Sarah is also certified through the Canadian Red Cross with her Standard First-Aid and CPR.


Sarah is a member of the CAEA and has performed professionally in musicals like Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, Anne of Green Gables (& many more), around Canada, with some film and television work thrown in the mix. She’s even been photographed by world-renowned dance-photographer, Jordan Matter (Dancers Among Us).


Sarah is very passionate about dance education, specifically teaching clean and safe technique and exploring performance styles within different genres to keep class exciting. She has won several ‘Best Choreography’ awards, specifically for her Tap and Musical Theatre work. Currently she teaches 6 days a week in Durham Region, and the GTA. She strongly believes dance teaches such incredible life lessons, and she is thrilled to be able to pass on her knowledge to today’s brave and passionate dancers. 

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DANCE INSTRUCTION & ADJUDICATION RESUME

Instruction/Teaching

Chrome Dance Centre - Competitive, Recreational, Exam Teacher. Choreographer.  - 2015 - Present
Sandra Amodeo Dance - Tap and Acro Instructor - 2021 - present
Rhythm Dance Studio - Competitive Instructor - 2021 - present

The Audition Series - Founder/Instructor - 2020

Quick Ball Change - Guest Instructor, Substitute Teacher - GTA - 2013 - Present

Neptune Theatre School - Guest Artist: Dance Instructor and Seminar Speaker - 2018/2019

Jr. Mirvish Intensive - Travelling Stage - Guest Artist: Intensive Instructor - 2018

Sheridan College - Music Theatre Performance Program - Dance tutor - 2011-2013

Janice Lynn School of Dance - Competitive, Recreational, Exam Teacher. Choreographer.  - 2005 - 2014

Summer Intensive Training - Studios around the GTA

Awards/Recognition Highlights 

*Selected List only. 
IDO World Finals - Choreographer - World Qualifying - Tap Routines

Reader's Choice Awards - Oshawa/Whitby's Best Dance Instructor

Competition Choreo Awards -

*Selected list 2019 onward*

Best Inter Choreo - "Super Mario" SDCs

Choreography award - "Jet Set" MT groups SDCs

Choreography award - "Treat People with Kindness" Tap group SDCs

Choreography award - "Mr Sandman" tap duet KARV

Best Musical Theatre choreography - "Contemporary 1-0-1" Xtreme

Best Musical Theatre Choreography - "One" Xtreme

Choreography award - “Body Language” Jazz Group SSDC

Choreography award - “You Gotta Be” Tap solo SSDC
Choreography Award - "Whipped Into Shape" Musical Theatre Group NSDC
Best 12 and under Choreography Award - "Wake Me Up" Lyrical Group NSDC

Choreography - Best Tap “Le Jazz Hot” Tap Group DA

Choreography - Best Musical Theatre “Both Reached for the Gun” Musical Theatre Group DA

Choreography award - Sessional “Duelling Banjos” Tap duet DA

Choreography award - “This is Me” Open Group KARV

Choreography award - "Money" Musical Theatre Group KARV
Choreography award - "Proud Mary" Tap Group KARV
Choreography award - "Tiny Dancer" Tap Solo KARV

Choreography award - Highest Inter. Choreo Score “You Gotta Be” Tap Solo SDCs

Teen Miss Cadence Champion - Solo Choreographer CDF

Adjudication/Competitions

2023

Shine Dance Competitions Adjudicator 2023

Shooting Stars Dance Competition - Adjudicator 2023

Summit Dance Challenge - Adjudicator 2023

Starcatchers Dancer - Adjudicator 2023

Cadence Dance Finals - Workshop Tap Instructor, Pageant Audition Adjudicator 2023

Northern Stars Dance Competition - Solo and Improv Adjudicator 2023

2022

Shine Dance Competitions - Adjudicator 2022

Shooting Stars Dance Competition - Adjudicator 2022
Summit Dance Challenge - Adjudicator 2022
Synergy Dance - Provincial Adjudicator 2022

Starcatchers Dance - Adjudicator 2022

Stars Dance Talent - Virtual Adjudicator 2022

2020/21
Synergy Dance - Provincial Adjudication - 2021

Shooting Stars Dance Competition 2020, 2021
Shooting Stars Vocal Competition - 2021

THEATRE RESUME

Stage

*selected credits

Perry Loved Mary - Mary - Old Flame

Cinderella: the Panto - Ensemble, U/S Citronella - Neptune Theatre

Anne and Gilbert - Prille, U/S Anne, Diana, Josie - The Guild 

Beauty and the Beast - Silly Girl, U/S Lefou - Neptune Theatre

Darling of the Day - Daphne/Dance Captain - TIFT

The Addams Family - Dead Bride - Neptune Theatre

Mary Poppins - Ensemble - Neptune Theatre

Anne of Green Gables - Gertie Pye, U/S Diana - Charlottetown Festival

Evangeline - Ensemble - Charlottetown Festival

Merrily We Roll Along - Mary - Theatre Sheridan

Chicago - Ensemble - Theatre Sheridan

Spring Awakening - Ensemble/Dance Captain - Theatre Sheridan

Oklahoma! - Ensemble - Theatre Sheridan

A Little Night Music - Petra/Dance Captain - Cadenza Productions

 

Film

Your Special Canada - Dancer - CBC

Dish It Out - Thanksgiving: Daughter - Foerster Productions, Food Network

 

Education

Acro Dance Adjudicators - Founding Member - 2020

Professional Adjudicators Alliance - Accredited Adjudicator - 2019

Sheridan College - Graduate: Advanced Diploma - Music Theatre Performance, with honours - 2013

Monsignor Paul Dwyer CHS - Performing Arts Specialty Program - 2009

British Association of Teachers of Dancing (BATD) - Associate Member: Certified Dance Educator, with honours - 2010

 

Special Skills

Side Aerial, Advanced Tap Dancing, Head Balances, Intermediate Ukulele, Belching on Demand

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