INTRODUCING THE FACES OF MOVE IT 2024
We spoke to Sophia to get to know her better and find out more about her dance career so far! You can also check out our MOVE IT socials to see even more from our Faces of MOVE IT 2024!
What style of dance do you specialise in?
I am on a Musical Theatre course so I love Jazz, but I have also always loved lyrical and tap – a bit of everything really.
How did you get into dancing/ where did you train?
My mum took me to a dance class when I was 4, because I wanted to go with my friend and I’ve loved it since then. I’m now in my third and final year on a Musical Theatre degree at Performance Preparation Academy (PPA) in Guildford, which I absolutely love.
Who inspires you in the dance industry?
Stephen Mear (who has choreographed lots of West End shows) really inspired me to keep dancing on crutches and encouraged me to audition for performing arts universities. I also am inspired by lots of dancers in musicals including Collette Guitart, Vanessa Fisher, and Kirstie Skivington.
Describe yourself in three words.
Resilient, disabled & innovative
What are you most looking forward to in the next five years?
I am looking forward to starting working in the Musical Theatre industry. It’s something I’ve wanted for a long time so I am excited that it’s so close now. I also currently work part-time in Equality and Diversity at my college, so I am looking forward to doing more with that and working with colleges and organisations to make their environments more diverse and accessible.
If you could travel back in time, what advice would you give to your younger self?
I would say that dancing doesn’t have to mean being fully able bodied and that anyone could dance, you just need to work out your own way of doing it.
What are you most excited about at MOVE IT 2024?
I cannot wait to perform on the Main Stage, it’s always been a dream of mine, so to get to do it for the second year is incredible. I also am going to be performing with some friends so I can’t wait to share that experience with them. I am also looking forward to meeting dancers of all ages and styles and getting to see everyone’s performances on the Main Stage – especially the other Faces of MOVE IT!
What’s your favourite snack?
I love a pain au chocolat. I also am obsessed with Cookies & Cones, a bakery near me, so I’d say their double chocolate cookie or oreo cookie cup too.
What is the biggest challenge you have overcome?
I think it probably would be having to have surgery in the middle of my A Levels and having to take some of my exams in my house because I was in too much pain to go into school.
Where’s your ideal holiday destination?
Tenerife, I love Siam Park the water park there. I’ve been twice before and definitely want to go again.