Dance goes to the “Oscars”
Last Monday night the world's finest film, television, musical and artistic figures gathered at a star- studded event at the Venetian Theater in Macao to celebrate China's 10th Huading Awards. The show was directed by Oscars’ director Don Micsher. The Movement's very own Sharon Savoy proudly stood among global superstars such as Nicole Kidman, Nicolas Cage, Jeremy Irons, Mathew Perry and Avril Lavigne as winners of the award. Savoy, an already well-acclaimed dancer, choreographer, and teacher, graciously accepted the Huading award for Best Global Female Dancer.
“What I found most amazing was that dance was honored alongside famous actors and actresses,” states Sharon Savoy. “The Huading awards recognition of dance elevates the status of all dancers and the art of dance.” This was the first year that the Huading awards nominations were global making Savoy the first female to receive this international dance award. Savoy’s previous accomplishments include (but are not limited to) being a 3X World, 4X Blackpool, 7X US Open and 3X Star Search Dance Champion. She has performed on impressive world stages, such as Madison Square Gardens, the Sydney Olympics, the Kennedy Center and Hollywood. Savoy is a legendary exhibition ballroom dancer, having distinguished herself based on beautifully executed lifts and transitions. Her well-received book, “Ballroom! Obsession and Passion inside the World of Competitive Dance” is set in the Blackpool competition (comparable to Tennis' Wimbledon), and provides a backstage pass to “the gladiator pit of competition ballroom dance.”
The prestigious Huading Awards are collated based on a people's choice survey in 21 countries, and throughout Asia. The awards began in 2007 and are sponsored by Beijing corporation: Global Talents Media Group.
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Sharon Savoy is a ballroom phenomenon. She started her training at the illustrious School of American Ballet under the tutelage of the legendary George Balanchine. From there she found her true love, pas de deux, or the art of partnering, and became a decorated ballroom dance exhibition champion. Her biggest accomplishments include being a 3X World, 4X Blackpool, 7X US Open and 3X Star Search Dance Champion, being the featured Dancer in the Hollywood movies “Dracula- Dead and Loving It!” and “Head of State”, as well as performing on PBS, Regis and Kathie Lee, Entertainment Tonight, Miss America, Sydney Olympics and at the Kennedy Center.
Aside from performing, she is the author of a recently published book, “Ballroom! Obsession and Passion Inside the World of Competitive Dance” - a back stage pass to the Blackpool Exhibition, aka: the Wimbledon of dance. Most recently, she co-organized the ultimate dance cruise of 2012, “Cruising With The Stars”, headlining Karina Smirnoff from Dancing With The Stars, and was also invited to judge the Blackpool Exhibition Championships in May 2012. These accolades are only half of what has contributed to her success; the rest comes from her keen intellect, charming personality, and humble character.
Reviews & Articles
Behind the scenes in the ultra-competitive world of ballroom dancing-- Click text to see full article
Sharon Savoy, who trained at the School of American Ballet, is lifting the lift on the sequin-filled world in a new book.
"It has been 20 years since this
woman burst onto the ballroom scene and forever changed
the face of theatrical dancing. After winning two world
championships with her first partner, Rufus Dustin and two
more with David...spectacular lifts and exquisite transitions,
the clear winners tonight."
-- Dance Beat 2004, Review
"The Savoys received a spontaneous ovation at the end of their Titanic routine. As I saw it, they were way out in front of the rest."
--Len Coyler, Dance News
"Sharon Savoy carried the show, From Ballroom to Broadway, on her graceful shoulders, "
Ballroom Dance Theater, Off Broadway Performance
-- Dick Mason, Editor of Dance Week
"An instant hit were David and Sharon Savoy- performing rarely seen exhibition dances complete with airborne acrobatic displays,."
-- China Post
"The Savoys receive the first standing ovation in the history of the Blackpool Exhibition event."
--Len Coyler, Dance News
"Savoy + Savoy +Let's Dance", Featured Article, 3 pages
--Dance Magazine/ March 2000
"Savoys Exhibition Dance at the Olympics", Featured Article
"The Savoys", Featured Article
-- Ballroom Dancing Times- 1998
"David and Sharon Savoy Use the Space Above", Front Cover & Featured Article
-- Dance Teacher Now, Nov. 1995
"Stompin' at the Savoys", Featured Article
-- Las Vegas Sun, 1991
"Savoys to Star at the Royal Albert Hall", London, Front Page Headline
-- Englands' Dance News
"Did you catch Regis catch Sharon?", Featured Article
-- Dance Action Magazine, 1993
"Royal Albert Hall Climax, Show by the Savoys"
-- Dance News, Len Coyler
"Standing ovation for the Savoys", Featured Article
-- Dance Action Magazine
"Around the world with the Savoys", Featured Article
-- Dance Action Magazine
"Miss America Pageant", Front Page Photo
--The Press, Atlantic City