Early Adventures (2017)
Sophia started her training at the Staples School of Dance in Retford where she regularly performed with the amateur dramatics society. At 16 she went to Northern Ballet School for a 3 year (classical course) diploma in dance and drama.
She was a York Scholar for 5 years with Miss Louise Browne O.B.E and an Adeline Genee Semi Finalist A.R.A.D.
She Joined Matthew Bourne’s acclaimed New Adventures company in 2002 where her credits included: Sugar, Cupid and Marshmallow in Nutcracker!; The Girlfriend and French Princess in the 10th anniversary of Swan Lake in 2005, creating the role of Bunny Munroe in Edward Scissorhand’s, Irene the Glamorous Step Sister in Cinderella and creating the role of Feral in the Original cast of Sleeping Beauty.
West-End theatre credits include: Apache dancer in Joseph, Mary in Pyjama Game directed by Simon Callow and choreographed by David Bintley, Meg and Ballet Girl in Phantom of the Opera.
Royal Opera House credits: Blue Fairy and Fox in Pinocchio directed by Will Tuckett; and Princess in The Red Balloon choreographed by Aleeta Collins.
ENO credits: Kismet, Merry Widow and The Mikado.
Film and Commercial credits include: featured ballet dancer in Phantom of the Opera directed by Joel Schumacher and choreographed by Peter Darling, Young Victoria, Wella Hair and Subway commercials.
She is a proud associate choreographer as well as playing the lead role of The Swallow in the new musical The Happy Prince directed by Maria Friedman and composed and written by Hal Cazalet and Michael Barry.
Sophia choreographed her own piece of theatre called Callas, a corrosive love story between the opera diva Maria Callas, Aristotle Onassis and Jackie Kennedy. It was invited to perform at the Assembly Rooms at the Edinburgh Festival.
Sophia is a full-time member of the Ballet Faculty at Performers College where she regularly choreographs. Her latest work Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig and No Regrets based on the Little Sparrow ‘Edith Piaf’ can be seen on her website.
She’s also a regular teacher for London Children’s Ballet and is a Workshop Leader for Matthew Bourne’s Re:Bourne, the charitable arm of new Adventures, working with children, students and adults across the world.
Sophia passionately supports Dance for Dementia and Parkinson’s disease and Breast Cancer.
She launched her own business called Three Pointe Dance which offers Workshops for aspiring young dancers aged between 9-16 and Adult Ballet ‘Barre Club’. Classes charged with musicality and emotion to create a strong and feminine body.
Twitter: @sophiahurdley @3pointedance