Award-wining singer-songwriter Rachael Sage, whose music appears regularly in hit US reality show Dance Moms, visited Highfields to inspire students to pursue their performance dreams.
Rachael - who studied at the School of American Ballet and was a professional dancer before becoming a musician - talked to students about her love of dance as well as treating them to a live performance of a couple of songs from her new album. Some students even got up to enjoy a dance along to the music.
Ms S.Bishop, Highfields’ Head of Performance, said: “We were delighted to welcome Rachael Sage into Highfields to speak to students.
“Rachael has done so much as a performer, starting off as a professional dancer before moving on to become an award-winning musician. Her insight into the world of performing was invaluable to students, especially those who wish to pursue a career in performing arts.”
As well as touring schools, including Highfields, Rachael is also inviting students to choreograph a dance to one of the tracks from her upcoming album, Choreographic, as part of a national competition for schools. The winning school will win a £500 prize.
Rachael’s songs have regularly featured in the popular reality show Dance Moms, leading to a rapid growth in her music being used among the competitive dance community. Her music now appears in hundreds of dance competition and routine videos – as collected via her YouTube channel’s Dance Playlist – with over 1.6 million combined YouTube views.