Perth born Sarah Gray, began her career in a small rural town after her parents were encouraged to send her to the local dance school. She had a natural fondness of being upside down. During the years 2002-2013 she developed skills across a broad range of dance genres including Jazz, Classical Ballet, Lyrical/Contemporary and Tap, however her favourite was always Acrobatics.
In 2013 Sarah successfully auditioned for the National Institute of Circus Arts and spent the next three years honing her skills in Fixed Trapeze, Handstands, Contortion and Group Acrobatics. In 2016 she graduated with a Bachelor of Circus Arts and was awarded the top achieving NICA graduate for 2016, through Swinburne University.
Over the next few years, Sarah would be cast as an ensemble member in two separate contemporary circus companies. The first being Tons of Sense in their site-specific, premiere performance work titled Stand Here. She was also part of By A Thread by One Fell Swoop Circus performing in the Hawkes Bay Arts Festival, New Zealand.
2019 was quite a successful year for Sarah’s career with a few notable achievements. She was cast as an ensemble acrobat in Barnum: The Circus Musical, and later in the year completed at the World Championships of Performing Arts where she was awarded Senior Grand Champion Dancer of the World for her acrobatics routine.
Since the age of 15 Sarah has been teaching dance in the styles of acrobatics, ballet, jazz, lyrical and tap. She has also taught circus skills to children of various ages at the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) including trapeze and lyra.
“Ever since my first introduction to teaching, I have had a strong interest in passing on my knowledge and sharing my passion for circus and dance. Inspiring others to pursue their dreams and providing them with the tools to do so, is one of the best gifts you can give.”
- Bachelor of Circus Arts – NICA