“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!
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Sophia was fantastic! My husband and I had never danced together before. We wanted to learn social dancing so that we could do something new together. We both love music and the movement of dancing that creates the feeling of a special closeness. And yet, we didn't know how to reach that goal on our own. Enter Sophia! She is a wonderful teacher. Engaging, relaxed, and so talented. She made the process of learning so easy. We were dancing together within minutes. Sophia instilled a new confidence where we had none. She was always upbeat and confident that we would master each new step. And, she can dance any part, with any partner, to any music. We could not have been more thrilled and satisfied. We will be in her studio every time we're in Las Vegas. Look for us on the dance floor, we'll be the couple looking into each other's eyes and beaming from the fun that Sophia has unlocked.
Taking ballroom dance lessons has always been on my wife's bucket list, so I decided to surprise her for our anniversary. The dance lessons ended up being a great gift idea, and my wife loved it. We initially signed up for the 10 Lesson Dance Challenge which included ten private dance lessons and unlimited group classes at the studio. Sophia gave us the opportunity we needed to make dancing an enjoyable hobby and a fun idea for date night. So far we have learned basic steps in a variety of ballroom and Latin dances, as Sophia does well exposing you to the go-to moves. We even discovered that we enjoyed Latin dancing and swing. If you are looking to hire a dance instructor that clicks or to book dance lessons, this dance school has it going on. In addition to tackling our exercise and fitness goals, we have been able to make friends with other beginner dancers and enjoy Sophia's dance outings as a group activity. Dance lessons have become a bonding activity that sparked our romantic relationship (even better than couples therapy), especially now that I have confidence to dip my wife on the dance floor like a boss.
I had a girlfriend who left me because I didn’t know how to dance. I considered taking dance lessons but, going to a teacher that only expected me to just follow his steps didn’t really help me in any way. So, I decided to forget about it. And for years, I did. Until, out of the blue, a friend invited me to Sophia’s dance classes. I didn’t really want to go and at first I was nervous and didn’t know what to expect. WOW!! I am grateful that I gave my self the opportunity to come to Sophia’s class. Sophia has that special touch for teaching. She has the skill to breakdown and explain each step and it doesn’t matter if you’ve never danced before. I couldn’t believe how fun it was!!! Sophia’s personality will make you feel welcome and the good energy is contagious. All other members I met also made me feel comfortable and were more than willing to help. If you’re thinking about joining, then come prepared to have a lot of FUN.