Hometown: Metro Detroit, MI
Fun Fact: I understand, speak and think in Spanish!
Favorite Song: “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” By AeroSmith is my current daily favorite!
Before joining BalletMet, Sophie’s pre-professional ballet training was directed by Magaly Suarez, Director, The Art of Classical Ballet in Pompano Beach, Florida. However, as a young MI dancer, ages 4-13, Sophie was a convention/competition dancer who also loved her ballet classes with Valentina Barsukova, Meg Paul and Samantha Shelton. Sophie’s contemporary training was directed by Liz Schmidt-Mazurkiewicz, Artistic Director, Spotlight Dance Works culminating in Sophie being named the National Jr. Outstanding Dancer, New York City Dance Alliance, and invited to assist the NYCDA staff during its 24 City National Convention Tour, 2013-2014. Following this tour, Sophie relocated to Florida for intensive Pre-Professional Ballet Training.
Sophie has been honored to perform before and be recognized by several international ballet judges. She earned the Gold Medal, at the 2017 World Ballet Competition, and was invited to Beijing for the 2017 China IBCC where she received the “Morning Star Foundation Award”. In 2016, she was awarded 1st place (Sr. Women) for her Classical, Contemporary and Pas de Deux performances at YAGP, and in 2015 YAGP judges awarded her 1st place Contemporary & Classical Pas De Deux.
Sophie traveled to Havana, Cuba, in 2015 and was awarded 1st place and the Gold Medal, at the Cuba International Ballet Competition & Festival. Her class audition, and 1st place -Classical, Contemporary and Pas de Deux performances at the Universal Ballet Competition, 2015, earned her a full scholarship to the San Francisco Ballet School, Advanced Program, Summer Intensive and the “Director’s Legacy Award”. In 2014, she was honored to receive the YAGP, “Youth Grand Prix Award”.
While training with Magaly Suarez, Sophie was named a “Zarely Rising Star” and “GaynorGirl” by Zarelywear and Gaynor Minden. In addition, she appeared as a Guest Artist with Dance Dimensions Theatre of Miami, performing choreography by Septime Webre and Tara Lee. She also performed the Snow Pas De Deux and Dew Drop Fairy roles as a Guest Artist for the Miami Youth Ballet’s, 2016 Nutcracker Shows. For the past three Nutcracker Seasons, Sophie performed the Sugar Plum Grand Pas, with the Florida Classical Ballet, and at the Sarasota Opera House.
Sophie is thrilled to begin her professional career at age 17, and to continue her artistic development with BalletMet for its 2017-2018 40th Anniversary season!