Our Stories - Sarah Beardsworth

"To lead the life of a dancer takes years of dedication, commitment, drive and determination - qualities that are an asset in all work places."

Sarah Beardsworth trained at The Northern Ballet School in England. Upon graduating She was fortunate to travel extensively, spending 13 years performing internationally with various resident, touring Musical Theatre shows and Dance Companies worldwide.

"Pilates has always been very prominent in my life, especially when my dance career was cut short due to a reoccurring hip injury. Pilates helped me rehabilitate and regain strength to continue to dance on after my hip operations, it also taught me to have a deeper understanding of the body and the patience required when dealing with injuries and recovery.

I received my formal Pilates education and training from Body Arts and Science International. Upon graduating, I was invited to teach at the BASI headquarters in California alongside the creator of the method - internationally renowned teacher, Rael Isacowitz. I continuously take workshops and courses to increase my knowledge and education. Recent completed courses include the prestigious BASI Ultimate Pilates Series Mentor, Master and Master Reunion Program with Rael, Karen Clippinger's Dance Specialization course. This program is dedicated to theory and repertoire specific to a dancer's needs, Pilates for the Mature Client, Pathology and Injury and a Pilates hip and knee biomechanics course.

Currently I am working with two Physical Therapists to create a course to work with Dance Schools and companies in the LA region, to help dancers prevent injury and to rehabilitate back to full health to be able to perform again. I wish I had know more about the anatomy of the body and being sensible when I was performing, instead of pushing on through injuries and not listening to my body.

I personally struggled when I stopped dancing it was all I had known, I felt it defined me - it wasn't a job, it was who I was as a person. I didn't feel ready for "normal" life, not on tour or on stage. It took me a while to figure out which path I wanted to head in. It was such a relief to find Dancers' Career Development and to know that it was common to feel like this. I left my academic studies early (like most dancers) to pursue my dream and in the real world on paper I am not qualified for a lot of jobs. But we mustn't forget that to lead the life of a dancer takes years of dedication, commitment, drive and determination - qualities that are an asset in all work places.

I am actually a lot calmer about my life now, I feel like I have had my career and I am now on to my next chapter which actually is an exciting place to be. I feel fortunate that I had a career that I was passionate about, that I travelled the world with. I use the expertise, knowledge, and enthusiasm I have gleaned from my experiences as a professional dancer and incorporate them in my lesson plans, and if I can use my experiences in my life in a positive way I am happy."

You can support a dancer like Sarah to navigate career transition through the boundless appeal.

To discuss how we can support you, please contact Ellen Chambers, Grants and Careers Officer, on ellen@thedcd.org.uk or 020 7831 1449.

You can support a dancer like Sarah to navigate career transition through the boundless appeal