We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Alice Burns and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah Alice, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
Happiness, I’ve learned can feel easy at times and other times so extremely hard. Happiness for me is self love. Its checking in with myself everyday . Questioning what did I do for myself today, how can I make my day better . The better I can listen to myself,the easier it is to eliminate the things that don’t bring me joy. Happiness starts from within but I believe it can be external too. When I need happiness I turn to dance, music, movement and the ocean.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Born and raised in Perth, Australia getting to the US was very difficult, shoutout to the 01 visa. Being a professional dancer it was always my goal to do a world tour. Moving to LA in 2010 I gave myself that goal. I had already experienced professional gigs and contracts in other styles so I wanted to focus on more commercial work and touring with artists. After a little less than a year training and grinding in LA I landed a dream job opportunity to dance for Usher at the AMA’s, this started my continuous work in the industry. The job that changed it all, dancing with Beyonce for her comeback shows after Blu, which led to not only multiple world tours with her and her husband Jayz, but numerous Award shows, Festivals, Music videos, Super Bowl and sports modeling campaign for Ivy Park. Other artists and commercials I’ve had the pleasure working with include Hailee Steinfeld, Kelly Rowland, Brandy, Neyo, Pitbull Marc Anthony, JLO, Janes Addiction, Drake, Sony, Reebok, DSW, Samsung, HBO, American Airlines, Loreal and many more.
Today, I currently work with artists and train them for either upcoming performances and or auditions, preparing for tour or just shooting a music video. I bring everything I’ve learned from in front of the camera and translate that to the artist from behind the camera. It really helps them prepare for the moment or gain a better understanding of how they look when performing. how to carry the confidence.
Aside from industry work I also started a program for Australian dancers to better learn and understand the move to the US. We train for a week in LA and the students come from all over Aus. I put together multiple teachers to come in train multiple styles, consult with an immigration lawyer then finally last day they meet and audition for an LA agent. Industry LA is bridging the gap between dance in Australia and USA.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
LA is such a fun place to live ! From the beaches, to the mountains and great food all over the city. Where do I begin, my fav place to eat in LA is Bacari on 3rd, I love swimming at Will Rogers Beach and Malibu is such a fun place to hike and explore. I live by Melrose so I often to stop there to check out the local boutiques and the Sunday flea market. Griffith park is a great lookout spot to see the city, Runyon Canyon and Mullholand Drive also have great views of LA and I always take my friends and family to the downtown Art district for a fun walk around and museum hop.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
you know how people say you gotta become your own cheerleader… well then… I wanna thank me !!!! for putting in that work . Mentally, physically and emotionally . The most important thing I can think of is how can I speak nicer to myself ?
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