I am so excited to share this interview with all of my readers. Sarah Mitchell is a dancer and is from my home town in Massachusetts. I am so grateful Sarah took the time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions that I had for her. Be sure to catch Sarah in my girl Britney Spears’ Piece of Me show in Las Vegas soon, it’s amazing. Enjoy reading this and thank you so much again Sarah!!
XO Diva D
DAVID: I am so excited to be doing this interview with you, you are such an amazing dancer! How did you start your passion for dance?
SARAH: I started dancing when I was 2.5 years old! I continued dancing and then started dancing competitively I think around that time I became very disciplined. There were weeks I was dancing 7 days out of the week. It’s hard to explain but I just knew at a very young age that this was what I would do as a career. I truly loved it.
DAVID: When you were growing up, did you have any dance icons/inspirations that you looked up to?
SARAH: I was so obsessed with Britney Spears. I loved watching her perform. I loved how much she incorporated dancing. Musically there was no one who inspired me more than Prince, even to this day his music had a huge impact on me creatively.
DAVID: Right now you are in Las Vegas apart of my queen, Ms. Britney Spears’ Piece of Me residency show. How much fun is it getting to work with Britney and being in Vegas doing an amazing show?
SARAH: Clearly, based on my previous answer she had a huge impact on me growing up. So during my dance career I never had the chance to audition for her. I was either working with another artist or booked on something else. I felt like dancing for Britney was something I just had to make happen. I had done all of this other work but never for her and knew I wouldn’t have felt complete if I didn’t! When I heard about the Piece of Me audition I just knew this was the time. It has changed my life in many ways. She is such a sweet person and works so hard. The show is a fantastic job for any dancer. We are still able to be based in Los Angeles, do other jobs, and yet go back to this huge production working for Britney Spears. What we thought was a 2 year contract has turned into a 4 year contract!
DAVID: Do you have a favorite song or part of Piece of Me that you love?
SARAH: I think after doing the same show for 2 years it was great to change it up a bit. I love the new sections and new costumes that were added to the show. I would say my favorites are “I love Rock and Roll” where Britney comes out on a huge guitar and “Breathe on Me” a sexy all girls number!
DAVID: What is your favorite part about being a dancer?
SARAH: I think that I am living out my dream. I dreamt about this when I was young and I have been living it for the past 10 years. I had people tell me I was crazy for not going the “traditional” route. Teachers, friends and family told me. It isn’t the easiest life, which not everyone really understands. There is so much rejection and hard work that goes into being a dancer but the reward is huge. I wouldn’t have changed my decision though. . I am a creative person and will always need to fulfill that part of me. I can look back in 40 years and say I did it, I lived my dream.
DAVID: What has been your most memorable or favorite moment that you have had since you’ve been dancing?
SARAH: One of my favorite moments was learning the original Slave for you choreography! Some of the dancers had to literally step away and have a moment. It is iconic choreography for a dancer to do. I have also been able to meet all different types of people and travel the world so that has been amazing as well.
DAVID: You have such an amazing body, what are your secrets to staying so in shape…PLEASE tell!
SARAH: Oh goodness! I have to work at it just like everyone else. I would say most of it is what food I eat. It has a huge impact on my body. If I don’t eat properly I wouldn’t have the energy to do what I do. When we were learning “Piece of Me” we danced about 60 hours a week for 3 months. You have to give your body the right foods to be able to function at that kind of a level. I also have been told on many jobs to loose weight. It comes with the territory. I have to work out at least 5 days a week as well. I usually do low impact exercises I would say Pilates is my favorite. It also helps to prevent injuries by just being physically fit.
DAVID: What is your advice for anyone that wants to be in the industry or be a dancer when they get older?
SARAH: I would say train hard and train in all different styles of dance. Getting the job isn’t always just about being the best dancer in the room. So much goes into it that can sometimes get frustrating. Like maybe you are too tall for the artist or too blonde. Maybe they already have someone too similar to your look. It can be hard but you have to just know that you do your best each time you go into the room and audition. Then you have to leave it at the door and let it be what it will be. My younger sister is 19 and I think she may follow in my footsteps. I am excited to share with her some tips and advise along the way! Lastly I would say you really have to love dancing, with everything you have and keep pushing on even when you think you can’t. Hard work always pays off. One of my favorite quotes has always been “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard” It’s a good one I think!