Sonia Rodriguez

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Sonia Rodriguez (born 1972, Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian ballerina.

Born in Toronto, she moved to Madrid, Spain at age five with her family, where she received dance training with Pedro de la Cruz. She also studied at the Princess Grace Academy in Monaco. In 1989, at an international competition in Capri, Rodriguez won the Enrico Cecchetti award, and the following year she returned to Canada to join the National Ballet of Canada.[1]

Rodriguez was promoted to second soloist in 1995 and that year she performed Rum and Cola Cola in the company premiere of Paul Taylor's "Company B". That same year, she also performed the balcony pas de deux from Romeo and Juliet and the pas de deux from Sylvia at an international ballet gala in Madrid. The following year, in 1996, she performed the Rum and Cola Cola routine during the National Ballet of Canada's March 1996 performance at a Toronto Raptors/Orlando Magic basketball game at Skydome.[citation needed]

Rodriguez was promoted to first soloist in 1997 and danced the lead role in the Canadian premiere of The Red Shoes in the Karen Kain Farewell Tour. Rodriguez became a principal dancer in 2000 and in 2005, Suzanne Farrell selected her to dance the lead role of Dulcinea in the world premiere of her re-staging of George Balanchine's Don Quixote at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Rodriguez married Canadian figure skater, Kurt Browning, on June 30, 1996 They have two children. The family home in the Forest Hill area of Toronto suffered a fire on August 18, 2010.[2] She was added to Canada's Walk of Fame in 2012.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rodriguez profile, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts website; accessed April 20, 2014.
  2. ^ Kurt Browning and Sonia Rodriguez home damaged in fire, CBC News; accessed April 20, 2014.
  3. ^ "Canada's Walk of Fame Announces the 2012 Inductees". canadaswalkoffame.com. 2012-06-19. Retrieved September 1, 2012.