Interview | Dancer and Model Sarah Chin Claims Her Creative Niche in Long Beach

Poised and fitted with a trifecta of dance skills (JazzFunk, Latin Dance and Hip Hop), Sarah Chin (née Fry) is camera-ready for her place in the spotlight and on stage. The New Zealand native is set to pursue all of the dance and modeling gigs that come her way, and she has made downtown Long Beach her new home to pivot from.

“Just walking the streets in the Arts District is inspiring. Some of my fave spots to hang out for a meal and set up my laptop to work are Linden Public, Berlin Bistro and James Republic. The Pike is fun, and the Shoreline Bike Path is great . . so refreshing exercising along there or watching a beautiful sunrise or sunset.”

Dancer and Model Sarah Chin

Sarah Chin – Photo by: Sharreace Baldwin/

‘Sarah is motivated more than ever to break through mediocrity, inspire and move people through her dancing and imagery,’ is the last line in Sarah’s bio, and by the look in her eyes – she means it. The same passion and courage that propelled her toward relocating for love (Sarah moved to Southern California two years after meeting her husband via an online dating app) is present in her ambitious pursuit of nabbing top dance and modeling gigs in L.A. “I’m hoping to sign with an agent and book my dream jobs.”

I sat down with Sarah to learn more about her goals, her inspiration and what she loves about Long Beach.

SolShock: Can you tell us a little about your journey from New Zealand to Long Beach?

Sarah: Where do I begin . . . My husband and I are the stars of our very own real life rom com telenovela. Where two people fall head over heels in love but they are worlds apart, like You’ve Got Mail [the movie] a real internet romance! They spend their time keeping their long distance love alive for the next two years and overcoming the obstacles only just to be together and be wed! Oh my! I think it’d make a good movie, hahaha. And well, here we are! After our whimsical wedding in the stunning Mt. Woodson Castle in Ramona, CA, our honeymoon in NYC, we moved shortly after that from Huntington Beach to Downtown Long Beach and we are loving every second of being here.”

SolShock: What do you hope to accomplish while here?

Sarah: “To be able to do what we love to do everyday is an absolute blessing. Our passion – that’s what makes us feel fully alive. God has given us all gifts and these gifts are not to be buried and hidden away but shared with the world – I want nothing less than that and I hope to inspire others to do the same along the way.”

SolShock: Who are some of your favorite choreographers and dancers?

Sarah: “So many to name! But here’s a few anyway and in no particular order: Riccardo Cocchi & Yulia Zagoruychenko (7x World DanceSport Champions) Dana Foglia, CJ Salvador, Tricia Miranda, Danielle Polanco, Aisha Francis, Yanis Marshall, Brian Friedman, Matt Steffanina, Brinn Nicole, Jojo Gomez, Jade Chynoweth, Nika Kljun, Keone & Mariel Madrid.

SolShock: How does dance influence or impact your modeling?

Sarah: “Dancing inspires movement and portraying different emotions in my photoshoots – especially if there is good music playing in the background!”

SolShock: What was the inspiration behind your latest project?

Sarah: “My lastest project was a photoshoot at the beach near Bixby Park with the wonderful Aneta Coufalova. She is fabulous to work with and her photos are amazing. Our goal was to create whimsical, romantic, emotional photographs that evoke inspiration.”

SolShock: What is it about you that makes you radiant?

Sarah: “I am defined by Gods love. He is the sparkle in my eyes.”

SolShock: What was your most recent happy discovery?

Sarah: “Revive Juice Bar smoothies on Linden! They’re truly the best in town. Almond Acai is the business! I’m craving one right now. . . .

Catch Sarah’s live dance performance with Latin Dance Pulse tonight, with choreography by Josie Neglia and Ricky Flores. Agaves // 200 Pine Ave. Long Beach, CA 90802 // 11PM // And next Wednesday at Alegria // 115 Pine Ave. Long Beach, CA 90802.

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