Heritage High graduates have one final dance before their new routine

Jacob Tribus and Sarah Pippen have been dancing together since 7th grade.


WAKE FOREST, N.C. (WNCN) – Watching Jacob Tribus and Sarah Pippen dance, an audience sees every movement fluid come to life.

Every lift is flawlessly executed and every step is free flowing.

The Heritage High School graduating seniors have danced together since the 7th grade.

“I found my passion at such a really young age,” Tribus said. “I think that’s really rare for a high school student to know what they’re going to do so early on.”

He and his dance partner have been warming up for their performing arts careers for years, and always supporting one another.

“As a dancer it’s important to be surrounded by people that are going to push you,” said Pippen, a dancer since she was 3 years old. “But there’s also a little bit of nervousness like, ‘Oh gosh, am I going to be so bad compared to everyone else,’”

Both dancers were accepted to same top dance programs in the country, but for the first time the duo won’t have each other to lean on.

Pippin decided to go to Julliard and Tribus to USC.

“It would have been very easy to go through the audition process together and go through all the auditions at the same time and things like that but I think we made a point to do our own thing and hoped that we would end up in the same place, but also recognize that we have our own separate likings and own separate visions for ourselves,” she explained.

They’ll leave behind their own special foundation.

“We have so much trust in each other now that we don’t have to worry about, ‘Oh are we going to nail that lift or nail that move?’ It’s gotten to the point where it’s second nature,” he said.

Tribus’ partner mimicked his description, noting that now their movements together have become second nature.

“It’s to the point now where we learn something and I have complete 100 percent trust in him,” she said.

They’re letting their wings soar.

They’ll be on opposite coast, but they trust their rhythm will be in sync even after their last dance.

The two will have their final performance together Saturday, but they’ll cut it short to make it in time for their graduation.

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