Sophia commenced her classical ballet journey in Sydney, Australia at Ecole Classique at the age of four where she started her Royal Academy of Dance training and examinations. In her final year at Ecole and as a celebration to Ms. Allyn and Mr. Killar’s international careers and 20 years of teaching in Australia, Sophia performed in a full production of Cinderella as a Forest Fairy.
Sophia has continued her classical ballet training at Tanya Pearson Academy (TPA) in Sydney from the age of 10. Her passion and dedication to her training has grown exponentially in the last two and a half years at TPA, with nurturing and guidance from all her teachers. She has gained invaluable experience with Sydney’s City Youth Ballet in their 2018 Nutcracker production as a Friend of Clara in Act 1 and a Clown in Act 2.
In the last two years Sophia has been part of the Australian Ballet School's Interstate Programme in Melbourne, ITP Level 2 and 3. As part of the Royal Academy of Dance programme in Australia she was awarded 3rd place in the Halliday Awards in 2018 and was a finalist for the Isobel Anderson Awards in 2019. She also gained a HC in the prestigious Sydney Eisteddfod for her classical solo in 2018.
More recently Sophia has competed in the Asian Grand Prix 2019 regionals in Sydney and was placed, gaining her entry to the finals to be held in Hong Kong.
Christopher Powney first saw Sophia dance at The Royal Ballet School Hong Kong Spring Intensive 2019.
On being named a Royal Ballet School International Scholar, Sophia said:
'I am so amazed to be included in the International Scholarship programme, this is a dream come true. I am so honoured and appreciate I have the best of both worlds to train at The Royal Ballet School and at home. I will show my commitment as an ambassador of this programme and I truly thank you for this wonderful opportunity.'
Sophia's teacher, Lucinda Dunn said:
'As an alumni of The Royal Ballet School, I’m extremely proud and humbled for a Tanya Pearson Student to be named as one of the International Scholars among some beautiful talent from around the world. These opportunities are such a wonderful way of discovering and nurturing young talent. I’m looking forward to seeing how this programme progresses.'