Dance Performance & Teaching graduate Sarah Miller tells us about her international experience
BA (Hons) Dance Performance and Teaching, 2015
UCLan Dance Performance and Teaching graduate, Sarah Miller, has taken her passion overseas to become a Secondary Physical Education Teacher at New English School in Kuwait.
In 2015, Sarah graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a degree in Dance Performance and Teaching. From a young age, Sarah has loved dancing, teaching and performing and particularly enjoyed learning about how to help people understand a phrase of movement, or facilitate a class of people moving. Sarah cites this as the reason for her choice of degree course, as well as the fact that most of the degree was practically assessed.
During her full-time study, Sarah worked part-time as a freelance dance artist where she taught classes to various private health club members, community practices, school extra- curricular programmes and NHS patients.
Following graduation, Sarah moved to Kuwait to take up work as a specialist dance teacher and fitness coach in a private international school. Whilst in this job, Sarah founded the first female only extra-curricular classes for girls aged 7-17, as well as a class for women of all ages to dance together. She thought of this as an exciting and rewarding time to see how females of strict Muslim origin socialised and felt liberated in a private setting. However, Sarah had always dreamed of teaching Physical Education and wanted to expand on her subject knowledge.
Sarah completed a PGCE in secondary teaching at a Middle Eastern campus linked to the University of Nottingham, and is now working as a secondary physical education teacher at New English School in Kuwait. Alongside her teaching, Sarah is currently completing an MA in Education.
Looking back on her time at UCLan, Sarah thought that the somatic element of her degree course was a highlight and the holistic part helped her to “gauge her sense of self”. Sarah said: “I was a braver, more confident individual after completing the course and understand more the level of commitment, patience, initiative and often selflessness it takes to be a part of creative, integrative society”.
Sarah continued: “My degree and further study has offered me opportunities and opened doors that have benefited my profession.”