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Sophia Priolo

Sophia Priolo

Sophia is an American actor, dancer, choreographer, and movement director based in London. Sophia trained and performed as a classical ballet dancer with the Alabama Dance Theatre school and company (corps de ballet), where she performed such ballets as Swan Lake, Les Sylphides, Paquita, The Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella, as well as contemporary works and ballets set by resident and guest choreographers. In 2008 she was accepted to and attended the Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensive in NYC and in 2009 she performed in dance festivals around the southeastern United States, including SERBA, and was a placing finalist in the Alabama ACES competition (dance division).

Sophia also trained in Shakespeare performance and stage combat at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival before studying music at university. She has a BA in Music from the University of Montevallo (USA) and an MA in Music Theatre from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Sophia also trained in Shakespeare and stage combat at Michael Howard Studios Acting Conservatoire in NYC before moving to London where she has studied Viewpoints, Laban and Lecoq techniques, as well as further stage combat training with Academy of Performance Combat at Shakespeare’s Globe.

As a choreographer, Sophia has choreographed such shows as Fiddler on the Roof, The Music Man, Meet Me in St. Louis, Annie, The Sound of Music, Bye Bye Birdie, Hamlet (opera), Die Fledermaus, and The Desert Song.

As a fight choreographer/captain and movement director, she has worked on such shows as The Twelve Chairs (Embassy Theatre), Ricky Riddlegang and the Riddlegang (New Wimbledon Theatre/Brighton Fringe/Edinburgh Fringe), Ashes (Teatro Technis), Noise (The Others), Goodsuppas (Proud Embankment), and Twelfth Night (60 Hour Shakespeare Online).

Sophia has over 10 years experience teaching ballet and musical theatre technique and repertoire to students of all ages and very much enjoys the challenge and pleasure of teaching students that are new to dance.

“My classes are designed for those with little to no experience, to be able to learn the structure, etiquette  and discipline of ballet class, while focusing on meticulous technique. Technique is my passion. The goal for my students is to enable to be able to take beginner level ballet classes anywhere in the world and feel confident that they know what to do and how to do it. The technique IS the artform; they are one in the same.”