Sarah Holm, Department of Theatre and Dance Student of Distinction

Sarah Holm, Student of Distinction, Theatre and Dance

With a double major in dance and liberal studies, Sarah Holm has a passion for dance and a wholehearted belief that arts in education are instrumental to a student’s success in school. She is known among faculty and peers for her creativity, giving spirit and leadership.

“I cannot imagine a better, more focused, creative, optimistic thinking and hardworking individual to work with than Sarah,” said Professor Kenneth Balint. 

Professor Ruth Griffin adds, “She is a person of generous spirit celebrating the successes of others.” 

Holm has performed with the Theatre and Dance Department’s Contemporary Dance Ensemble (CDE) for three years. As a two-time participant in the American College Dance Association, she helped earn GALA status for Fresno State through CDE performances.

As a student host for Summer Arts, Holm has assisted with classroom and production operations for dance classes over the last three years. 

“Some of the courses I was fortunate to host for included Contra Tiempo, Urban Bush Woman, Spectrum Dance, and Diavolo Dance Company,” said Holm. “Through my job, I was immersed every day in the visual and performing arts, supporting the importance of art and creativity.”

“Sarah brought a wealth of knowledge, cheerful enthusiasm, and a can-do attitude to the position,” said Joanne Sharp, assistant director of Summer Arts. “Sarah is also a talented, fearless performer. She was invited to perform with the Diavolo Dance course last year, even though she was not officially a student, and was a strong and dynamic member of the ensemble.” 

Holm’s other passion is Gymnastics, where she has competed at levels 4 through 6. She currently works at Gymnastics Beat as a party host, teacher, and coach for children of all ages. She has also choreographed gymnastics floor and beam routines. 

After graduation, Sarah plans on continuing her education through the multiple-subject credential program at Fresno State and becoming an elementary school educator.

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The College of Arts and Humanities provides a diverse student population with the communication skills, humanistic values and cultural awareness that form the foundation of scholarship. The college offers intellectual and artistic programs that engage students and faculty and the community in collaboration, dialog and discovery. These programs help preserve, illuminate and nourish the arts and humanities for the campus and for the wider community.

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