Miss Sophie & Sophie Dance
At this point many of you know the story and, if you are already a part of Sophie Dance, your children most definitely do. As a child I ran a fairly successful imaginary dance school right out of my bedroom. My American Girl dolls served as fantastic students, my hardwood floor certainly allowed for excellent tap dancing despite my mother’s horror and the empty pages in my notebooks made for perfect attendance records and choreography notes. I didn’t have a ballet barre or any mirrors but the reflection from my windows were sufficient after dark and my bedpost transformed for ballet class. Magic!
Then I grew up, sort of. I danced at The Dance Workshop in Westchester, New York, a completely wonderful recreational dance school that my own dance school is very much modeled after. Peggy Izzo was my teacher, my role model and a guiding light towards my future. After graduation I headed to Ithaca College studying ballet with Eugenia Wacker-Hoefflin and modern dance and choreography with Jean McGregor – both incredibly inspirational beautiful women who I will never forget. During my time at Ithaca I headed our student run dance company, IC Unbound. This dance company currently exists in Los Angeles under the direction of two classmates with whom I continue to dance – LA Unbound.
I always knew I would open a dance studio for children one day. And 310 S. La Brea seemed like the place to do it, well, until Yogurtland opened anyway! With a tiny amount of money and a very big dream I convinced the brokers to “trust me.” It was just a few months and many many “nos” before we were putting in the dance floors and the mirrors. Sophie Dance opened her doors on September 10, 2007 with forty-eight children enrolled and one dance teacher – me.
Today we offer classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and musical theatre for boys and girls ages two through eighteen. We offer classes in addition to private lessons Monday-Saturday September-May and weeklong summer camps June-August.
At Sophie Dance your child will learn dance technique. They will also learn the joy of dancing and self-expression. They will most importantly learn the essence of community, of listening, of interpreting, of trying, of failing, of succeeding, of happiness, of challenge, of strength and of weakness. I have been witness to ALL of this learning and it has been…well…magic.
I thank you for your interest in Sophie Dance. I thank you for encouraging your child to bring their imagination to life.
I believe life starts with our imagination and grows with the manifestation of our destiny.