Student Spotlight: Sarah Hackshaw

Student Spotlight: Sarah Hackshaw


Honolulu is just one more stop for ASH student Sarah Hackshaw as she dances across the US!


Sarah announcing her home state on the beach

Sarah announcing her home state on the beach

Home School: Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

Home Town: Columbus, Ohio

Major: I’m a double major in Dance and Psychology

Favorite UHM Class: Hula class. We learn a bit of culture and language as we learn the dance style.

Favorite Form of Social Media: Twitter and Instagram. I like to travel and post pictures of where I’ve been. And I have lots of funny friends who post entertaining things.

What’s on your iPod? A lot of mainstream artists like Beyonce, Rihanna, Drake, some reggae, and what I call “beachy music,” like Jason Mraz.

What one word would you use to describe yourself? Lively.

What one word would your friends use to describe you? Spontaneous!

Sarah and fellow ASH student Margo

Sarah and fellow ASH student Margo

What is your top accomplishment? Getting on So You Think You Can Dance. This summer I travelled to Memphis by myself to audition for the show. It was a long and difficult process! I got through 4 auditions before I was cut just before the televised audition in Vegas.

What was your greatest adventure? I travelled to Fiji with the VESA organization (Volunteer Eco Students Association). We volunteered at a local school, sanding, painting and refurbishing the buildings and teaching English. We lived with host families, enjoying their cooking and hospitality. The second part of the program was a trip across the country. We visited 7 different islands. It was a wonderfully humbling experience. I definitely grew as a person.

Dream Job: My dream job is to be a cruise ship dancer so I can get paid to perform and travel across the world.

What’s next? Next semester I’ll go back to Ohio State, but next year I’d like to do either a Semester at Sea or the Disney College Program.

Fun Fact: Each summer I do a dance intensive program. I’ve been to Colorado, Los Angeles, and last summer I did a program with the New York City Rockettes.

Greatest Vice: Spending too much time on Social Media! I just did a speech for class about the ill effects of this. My brain is probably turning to mush!

Favorite Movie: The Lion King

Favorite TV Show: All those 90s shows like, That’s So Raven, Powder Puff Girls, and 3’s Company.

The Reality Show I’d Go On: The Amazing Race

The Most Famous Person I’ve Met: Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman. When I was at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, we were invited to a party at Ms. Allen’s house. There were lots of actors there.

If a movie were made about me, I’d want this actress to play me: Gabrielle Union.

Person I’d most like to meet: Malcolm X – he was so controversial!

My favorite dancer: Josephine Baker, who was very famous in Paris in the 1920s.

If I’m cooking we’re having: Grilled cheese sandwiches because I can’t cook!

Favorite Spot on Campus: The Aloha Courtyard near the dorms. We play volleyball there and hang out with friends. It’s so nice there in the evenings.

Favorite Local Food: I haven’t eaten too much local food, but I do like Spam Musubi. My friend from Waianae invited me to his house for Thanksgiving, and I’m really excited to have a Hawaiian style Thanksgiving meal!

Favorite Hawai‘i Tradition: The Shaka! I like what it stands for.

Favorite Hawai‘i Place: The Koko Head hike – the views of two sides of the island are astounding at the top – or Makaha Beach  – it’s so pretty and not crowded. The waves were just rough enough to make it fun to swim. My friends and I stayed all day!

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