Sofie Bertolini, dancer - movement meets music
Sofie Bertolini, a Soloist with Ballet San Antonio, began her dance training at age four in Austin, TX. She received the bulk of her training at Ballet Austin under Michelle Martin and Stephen Mills, with additional training at Boston Ballet, Pittsburg Ballet Theatre, Austin Dance Academy, and Austin Conservatory of the Arts. She also grew up performing with the Youth Ballet Theatre and Austin Dance Ensemble under Arletta Howard Logan, where her love for the stage was discovered and cultivated.
Sofie’s early professional career began with small workshop type companies including The Dance Project under Latisha Coffey and Diana Wang, and Austin Metamorphosis Dance Ensemble under Melanie S. Kregel. Sofie went on to join Ballet San Antonio in 2014.
Since joining BSA Sofie has performed many principal roles, including Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Giselle in Giselle, Carmen in Carmen, Sugar Plum in The Nutcracker, and in various original works. She has also enjoyed performing such roles as Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Lucy in Dracula, a Cygnet in Ben Stevenson’s Swan Lake; along with featured roles in Gerald Arpino’s Confetti, George Balanchine’s Rubies and Donizetti Variations, and Dominic Walsh’s The Whistling.
Rivard Report's Tami Kegley writes, "Special kudos go to Sofie Bertolini for her sass and vinegar. She not only performed [The Whistling] immaculately, she brought it alive with a toughness and humor that was sublime.”
Sofie’s choreographic exploration began in 2013 while teaching at Metamorphosis Dance Academy. There, she was able to create new works for the student’s end of year programs. Sofie was later granted the opportunity to choreograph for the full company, where her choreographic skills flourished. Sofie continues to choreograph on fellow Ballet San Antonio dancers in their self-run production, Encore, each year.
Of Sofie’s work, Christina Acosta of March Magazine writes,
“ She was as adept in the nuance of contemporary dance as she was in a classical production.”
Sofie Bertolini is especially excited for this collaboration because her choreography is hugely inspired and motivated by music.