Q: Who is Sonia?
A: Haha…I’m still trying to figure that out myself! I’m just a curious girl, looking to learn and to experience and express this body…harmoniously following my path.
Q: When and how did your passion for dance begin?
A: As far back as my memory serves me, dance and movement has always appealed to my sensibilities. I didn’t actually start formal training until I attended ballet classes at my local community college. That’s where it all really began. Things effortlessly and quickly progressed. Before I knew it, I had become a professional dancer. It was never a part of any ‘master plan.’ The truth is, I never really had a plan. And funny enough, I still don’t! I guess I was lucky to find my life purpose early on in life. I just hope that I can enrich peoples lives through the art of dance, just as it has enriched mine.
Q: What are you working on at the moment? What about the future?
A: After spending so many years on the road, living the tour life with Miles Copelands Bellydance Superstars, I decided to take my newfound independence and spend some time traveling so I could expand my repertoire and hone my dance skills. I’ve been spending part of my time teaching and performing to support my personal dance training and research. I became a serious student again. As far as the future is concerned…well, I was recently asked, “where do you want to take dance?” I don’t intend to take dance anywhere…I will simply allow it to take me.
Q: What do you love about dance?
A: A force to be reckoned with, dance has always had a mysterious power over me. It is something that I may never be able to define or explain in simple words, nor with complex ones. You simply have to experience dance for yourself, and decide what it is that YOU love about it…then you may find your answer!
Q: What are some challenges that you’ve faced?
A: Challenges are always going to be there, whether they’re physical or psychological. I always try to stay focused and honor the moment of Truth. When my body calls me to rest, I rest. When it is time to move, I move. If I feel the need to push myself outside of my comfort zone in order to grow, I will do just that. With that, I have gained wisdom…recognizing boundaries, knowing when and how hard to push. The greatest challenge of all is BELIEVING…not only in myself, but also in others. This dance business can really put you through the wringer sometimes. Staying grounded and trusting your intuition is most important. Being confident is also great! As long as you remain humble and realize what you have and what you’re able to do is always a blessing. Keep counting those blessings!
Q: What advice do you have for those who wish to pursue dance as a profession?
A: If you truly want it, you will find your way. Surround yourself with people that inspire, motivate, and support you. Love every moment, for they are all precious. Work hard! In a competitive environment, perseverance is an invaluable asset. Be passionate about what you do, and BE IN LOVE!