Dancer honoured with Blues Award

06-Oct-2017 7:23 AM

A talented dancer and choreographer has been recognised with a University of Auckland Blues Award for the most significant achievement in arts and culture.

Sarah Foster-Sproull won the Blues Award for Most Meritorious Performance (Arts and Cultural) at a gala event last Friday. 
A University Blue is the highest accolade to be earned at a Tertiary level for excellence in a sporting code; arts and culture; and service and leadership. The prestigious awards are a University of Auckland tradition dating back to 1922.
Other major award winners included Olympic medallist Eliza McCartney and upcoming para-athlete Keegan Owen Pitcher.
Sarah is a Professional Teaching Fellow in the Dance Studies Programme and recently finished writing her Masters thesis looking at the relationship between choreographers and dancers. 
Described as one of New Zealand’s most compelling, innovative and creative choreographers, earlier this year she received New Zealand’s highest honour for a choreographer, the $100,000 Creative New Zealand Choreographic Fellowship.
“I spend most of my time in the studio with dancers making up sweet dance moves so it’s quite nice to be in front of a group of really amazing achievers,” Sarah said at the awards ceremony.
The CNZ fellowship enables Sarah to pursue a rigorous programme of dance related events over two years, and promote her creative work internationally. This includes creating a new choreographic work, collaborating with artists and companies in New Zealand, Fiji, Australia, Scotland, Singapore and America, building her business capabilities and international profile, and starting a company to provide professional experience to dance graduates.
Sarah’s award was one of the major prizes at the annual event. In total 114 awards were bestowed for sport and other activities such as architectural design, coaching sports at an international level, polocrosse and orienteering. 


Event
Sarah’s newest work titled Orchids premieres at Q Theatre next week as part of the Tempo Dance Festival. See: http://www.qtheatre.co.nz/orchids

Media contact:
Danelle Clayton
Communications, Vice-Chancellor's Office
The University of Auckland
Email: d.clayton@auckland.ac.nz
Mob: 027 537 2580

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