By Megan Bianco
San Juan Capistrano resident and multi-time dance champion Sharon Savoy was awarded a new accolade, the prestigious Best Global Female Dancer title at the 10th annual Huading Awards in Macao, China in October.
Savoy trained at the prestigious School of American Ballet in New York and is a three-time “Star Search” dance champion. Locally, she continues to dance, in addition to teaching private lessons. She was also a judge for “Dancing for Tomorrow’s Stars” for the Assistance League of Newport-Mesa last spring. She’s also published her own book, Ballroom! Obsession and Passion Inside the World of Competitive Dancing.
Savoy describes her style of dance as a mix of ballet and ballroom with figure skating influences. She was informed of her win by a phone call only 10 days before the ceremony. “It was a complete shock,” Savoy said.
Other recipients in attendance included actors Jeremy Irons and Matthew Perry and singer Avril Lavigne. The people’s choice-type awards are compiled from nominations from 21 countries, where Englishman, Irons was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award and Canadian, Lavigne performed live.
At the awards show, Savoy walked the red carpet beside actor Nicholas Cage and sat next to actress Nicole Kidman for dinner.
“Nicole was lovely and beautiful in person,” Savoy said of her dinner companion. “It was a pleasant surprise and a wonderful time.”