Meet Sofia, FLVS Student and Ballerina
As winter approaches, thousands of dancers around the world have been preparing for one of the most well-known ballets of the holiday season, The Nutcracker. Although this year has presented many challenges, our dedicated dancers and performers say, “The show must go on!”
This December, Florida Virtual School (FLVS) Flex 9th grade student Sofia will dance in The Nutcracker presented by Orlando Ballet, performing as one of Clara’s friends.
Sofia began her ballet journey when she was just two years old. While growing up, Sofia’s family traveled around the world, which gave her the unique opportunity to learn ballet in various countries. She shared, “Ballet is one thing you can do no matter what language you speak,” explaining that she was able to practice ballet for performances in German and Spanish!
As an FLVS student, Sofia has been able to not only travel, but also attend dance auditions and intensives without class. In fact, many of her Orlando Ballet Academy dance-mates are also enrolled in online classes with FLVS as a flexible alternative to traditional public school.
With a busy dance schedule, occasional challenges do arise, but Sofia says that Mrs. Heflin, her Algebra 1 teacher, is a source of encouragement in helping her succeed and Mr. Chadwell, her Spanish teacher, has been supportive and flexible when squeezing lessons in between ballet classes!
Through her hard work and dedication to her academics and craft, Sofia earned a merit scholarship to attend the 2019 Joffrey Ballet’s Summer Intensive in New York City, which she treasures as one of her biggest accomplishments.
Sofia’s mother, Serena, shared her appreciation for FLVS, “I am grateful for the flexibility and support of FLVS to help my daughter do what she loves. Her father and I are so proud of all of her hard work both in school and in ballet!”
Fun Facts About Sofia:
Hobbies: Calligraphy & Water Painting
Favorite Subjects: Science & Social Studies
Future Goals: Continuing to Dance
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