Fitzsimons (nee Roe)
originally studied dance in Sydney before going to the Royal Ballet
School in London. She was then invited to join the Royal Ballet Company
at Covent Garden. Her performing career continued back in Australia
with Darc Swan Dance Company, Opera Australia and the Australian cast
of Phantom of the Opera for which she was also Assistant Choreographer
in South Africa.
A passion for teaching led her to complete the Australian Ballet
School's Advanced Diploma of Teaching and obtain RAD teacher
registration. Sarah taught in Sydney at the McDonald College and Brent
Street Studios before becoming a full time classical tutor at the New
Zealand School of Dance in 2001.
After obtaining full Pilates mat and equipment certification with
PhysicalMind Institute - New York (through Tania Huddart) she then went
on to become Wellington’s first licensed GYROTONICŪ Instructor. She
currently combines being part of both the Royal New Zealand Ballet and
the New Zealand School of Dance Health and Wellness teams with running
her own studio.
Sarah enjoys regularly updating her skills. Some speciality areas of
certification include a Certificate in Swedish Massage, Pilates for
Golf, Pilates for Osteoporosis, GYROTONICŪ in the context of Osteopathy
and GYROTONICŪ for dancers.
In 2016/17 she is looking forward to attending a Spinal Integration
Intensive with International Yoga Teacher Donna Farhi and GYROTONICŪ
-Applications of the Fascial Body with Irene J. Rampino: Physical
Therapist and Movement Specialist.