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Sonia Rodriguez

Former Principal Dancer

  • 1 hour
  • 95 euros
  • Online Class

Mentor Profile

Location ‣ Toronto, Canada Style ‣ Classical Level ‣ All levels Language ‣ English, Spanish Repertoire ‣ Hanna Glawari (The Merry Widow) ‣ Odette and Odile (Swan Lake) ‣ Giselle (Giselle) ‣ Juliet (Romeo and Juliet) ‣ Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty) ‣ Hermione (The Winter's Tale) ‣ Romola (Nijinsky) ‣ Blanche Dubois (A Streetcar Named Desire) ‣ Nina (The Seagull) ‣ Lise (La fille mal gardée) ‣ Swanilda (Coppelia) ‣ Alice (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland) ‣ Dulcinea (Don Quixote) ‣ Lead Emeralds, Lead Rubies, Lead Diamonds (Jewels) ‣ Lead (Theme and Variations) ‣ Terpsichore (Apollo) Awards ‣ '10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians' - (2009) ‣ 'The 100 Spaniards' - (2014) ‣ 'Rolex Dancers First Award' - (2017) Biography A native of Toronto, Sonia Rodriguez studied dance in Madrid with Pedro de la Cruz and at the Princess Grace Academy in Monaco. She joined the National Ballet of Canada in 1990 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2000. Praised for her artistic expression, dramatic range, and impeccable technique and poise onstage, Rodriguez is an acclaimed artist of pure elegance. Rodriguez has performed virtually for every leading role in the classical repertoire and this includes numerous George Balanchine ballets. Rodriguez has performed and worked with some of the greatest contemporary choreographers of our time such as Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, John Neumeier, Wayne McGregor, Jorma Elo, Crystal Pite, James Kudelka, Azure Barton, Gullaume Coté, Marie Chouinard, William Forsythe, and Jiří Kylián. Rodriguez also had numerous roles created for her, including the title role in Cinderella, Princess Vasilisa in The Firebird, Lead in Watch Her, Lead in Pur ti Miro, The Fox in Le Petit Prince, and roles in An Italian Straw Hat and The Four Seasons. Rodriguez has performed internationally as a guest artist, including the Stars of the 21st Century Gala in New York City, International Ballet Gala in Madrid, Gala of International Dance Stars in Cincinnati, International Ballet Festival of Miami, Houston Ballet Gala and the FestivALL Dance Gala in Charleston, West Virginia. In 2005, she danced the role of Dulcinea in the world premiere of Suzanne Farrell’s re-staging of Balanchine’s Don Quixote at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.. Rodriguez retired from the National Ballet of Canada in March of 2022 after a glorious, 32-year long career, making her the longest serving Principal dancer in the history of the company.


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