Arriving at the RWB School in 2006 at the age of 14 from Langley, BC, Sophia graduated from the Professional Division Ballet Academic Program in June 2010. During her time in the School, Sophia was the recipient of several scholarships, including the Arnold Spohr Scholarship in 2008 and the prestigious Prince Edward Award in 2009. She spent one year in the RWB Aspirant Program and was promoted to member of the Corps de Ballet for the 2011-2012 season. We asked Sophia to speak about her first week with The Company.
Since I found out that I will be joining the RWB Company, I have been so thrilled and just couldn't wait until the season started! True.. trying to learn Wonderland from a DVD in my living room was not so fun for most days but I knew that that was going to be a big part of my life starting then! My first day with the company was just this past Monday when the rest of the company had their first day back as well. I was a bit nervous but starting the day with Tara's great class gave me a good feeling about it!
So far my experience as a new member of the company has been absolutely amazing and just like how I always imagined it to be! I love the fact that I now get to take classes and be in rehearsals with the dancers I have always admired and respected, and be inspired and challenged by them. Working with the choreographer of Wonderland, Shawn Hounsell taught me a lot even just in five days, about being part of the rehearsal process and how quick you need to adapt to... well, everything that happens in the rehearsal. I am realizing that this is only going to get tougher, my body will get exhausted more and more every day, and with all the other ballets we will start to rehearse and the upcoming tours, I will very soon get an idea of what it truly is like to be a part of the company. However, I will be prepared to accept all the challenges, difficulties and opportunities I might get and take away as much as I can to be the dancer I want to be. I cannot wait to dive more into the season and work towards the goals I have set for myself.
As I am looking into my future, I am also recalling my past
five years in the RWB School as a student and I cannot say enough how important
those five years were to me and my dancing. The school has taught me everything
I know now, trained me in the best way possible and let me find the love I have
now for this art form. In the past few years I have gained self-confidence not
only as a dancer but as a person, and that was just one of many things I have
learnt and gained from my teachers, coaches and friends. I will miss being in
the school very much but this isn't a goodbye yet, I am so glad I will still be
around to share my experiences and growth!
I wanted to sincerely thank everyone for welcoming me into the RWB family. It really means a lot to me and motivates me to know that I have all these people who support me. I have already felt such warmth and helpfulness from so many people and it excites me so much to think that I will be able to show my appreciation through my dancing!
PHOTO CREDIT: BRUCE MONK