Sophia Myers began her training at Vostrikov’s Academy of Ballet in Winchester, VA from ages 3-16. She studied Vaganova classical ballet, pointe, folk character, tap, jazz, lyrical, and modern. She has performed lead roles with VAB and Virginia Youth Ballet such as Beauty in Beauty and the Beast, Puss in Puss in Boots, Clara, Arabian Queen, and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker among many other roles.
She started studying Cecchetti technique at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet summer intensives from ages 6-10. At the age of 11, she went to Academy of Russian Classical Ballet’s summer intensive for two years to further her Vaganova technique where she performed in their gala alongside Olga Pavlova, formerly with Bolshoi Ballet, Anton Korsakov, dancer with Mariinsky Ballet, Alisa Sodoleva, dancer with Mariinsky Ballet, Precious Adams, dancer with English National Ballet, and many other prestigious dancers. She also attended Kirov Academy of Ballet’s summer intensive for two years continuing her training in the Vaganova ballet technique where she trained in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Character, Historical Court Dance, Flamenco, and Drama.
At the age of 15, she received full scholarships to attend The Rock School for Dance Education’s summer intensives and year-round programs where she trained under the tutelage of Bo and Stephanie Spassoff, Justin Allen, Natasha Zeiger, Telmo Moreira, Jody Anderson, and Eva Szabo. She performed in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake Act 2, and was chosen to perform in a piece for Debbie Allen, Artistic Director of Debbie Allen Dance Academy, choreographer, and actress.
She has taken Master classes with Beckanne Sisk and Chase O’Connell, principal dancers of Ballet West, Karin Averty, former dancer with Paris Opera Ballet, Rachel Richardson, dancer with American Ballet Theatre, and Eric Otto, Artistic Director of Huntsville Ballet and former dancer of Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Sadly, after a career-ending injury and two major surgeries at the age of 19, Sophia was forced to stop training professionally; but now, she shares her love and passion for dance with her students and looks forward to joining the Italia Performing Arts family.