“LIFE IS NOT HAPPENING TO YOU; IT’S RESPONDING TO YOU…”
Maximize the Exuberance of Life through Social Dance Experiences
As both an artist and a musician, Sophia has cultivated a mélange of artistry and precision in her work and has found a way to share it with others through dance. She believes that the benefits of dance (including the feel good endorphins), are something that many of us desperately need in our everyday lives.
Naturally, Sophia has created an opportunity for all who are curious to experience the bliss of dance through her company, Sophia in Sapphire. She and her team of Ballroom Dance Specialists have cultivated a “Playful, Big-hearted, and Driven” company culture to successfully train both advanced and beginner students and help them develop confidence on the dance floor. This allows for students to experience the therapeutic, medicinal and transformative qualities of dance.
With a lifetime of dance education, and extensive training for her professional competition and her dance career, Sophia brings context to dance in the real world by actively reaching out to the local community with fun events, classes and radio, targeted to engage the curious beginner into the daunting world of dance. Sophia views this as her way of giving back– by helping people feel alive, reconnected and invigorated through dance.
My Peace Corps experience inspired me to pursue my dream. I realized a lot during my Peace Corps service. Not everyone has education opportunities, not everyone can be anything they want to be; people in other countries don’t have the opportunity that we have in the States!
I came back to the US and thought to myself, “I can do anything in my own country; there is no reason why I can’t pursue my dream…!” My dream was to dance and share the benefits of dance with others.
I served in Ukraine, in a village called a Pochaiv. I lived in a tiny village— dirt roads, few amenities, and also with a goat. It was a major decision and commitment—almost 2 ½ years. My drive was to give back; I was young, healthy, and I wanted to put myself out there to see what skills I could use to help others. There were a lot of grassroots projects I participated in. I was an English teacher, I revitalized cultural arts and dance projects, and I did so many things that seemed impossible.
As I threw myself at the opportunities and gave it a try, I was able to make things happen out of nothing. That was the turning point. If I was able to move mountains in a foreign county with limited resources, then I was surely able to pursue a personal dream upon my return to the US! To be honest, I had been holding my dream back for a very long time! I avoided pursuing dance as much as I could, and rationalized against it, thinking it lacked a “giving back” quality… Boy was I wrong!
After courageously taking a leap of faith, being true to myself and my passion for dance, I quickly realized my purpose and how I am meant to give back the the world, post Peace Corps!
LEAP OF FAITH
By pursuing a dream, I am now able to transform peoples lives through dance! The benefits of dance (including the feel good endorphins), are something that many of us desperately need in our everyday, tech-driven lives. Like a miracle, dance reconnects us and provides a natural therapy and natural high. Studies show that it is also the only sport aside from ping pong that wards off dementia and Alzheimer’s and engages both lobes of the brain. I celebrate the fact that I can share the endless benefits of dance with others, and am now proud to say that my service continues after the Peace Corps—by allowing people the opportunity to reconnect with reality and with each other, especially in a tech-driven world that keeps disconnecting us.
Now it is with great gratitude that I am able to share the Blessings of dance with YOU, having taken my Leap of Faith! Looking forward to Dancing Together!