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Sophia L. Torres has always loved being onstage, even if that meant playing the Wicked Witch of the West in elementary school. "It was my first big role, and I loved it," she says, even though her mother wasn't too keen on her daughter paying the villain.
As a member of her high school dance team, she was the go-to girl for choreography advice. Her innate understanding of movement caught the attention of a senior member who told her about auditions for the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She was accepted and jumped at the chance to dance.
After graduation, she decided to hone her technique at Southern Methodist University where she was exposed to dance artists from the Martha Graham Company, Merce Cunningham and Twyla Tharp. SMU "really opened up my thought process in a positive way," she explains, especially in regards to her own movement style. "I learned that it's OK to be strong, to not necessarily be pretty in my movement, which is earthy. It has punch, as opposed to being light and ethereal."
In addition to teaching at the University of Houston and Houston Community College, and her work with Young Audiences of Houston, Sophia says she "now owns" the fact that she co-directs a professional dance company. She describes Psophonia as "athletic, visual, audience-friendly, and approachable."More »