I had the opportunity recently to ask Sofia Ferrigno some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Sofia is a fantastic dancer, she graces the stage with elegance and grace. Her love for ballet is phenomenal. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started dancing at 5 1/2
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I dance virtually right now and I’m not in any particular studio
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I have been on pointe for 3 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I wear Nikolay Maya1 pointe shoes
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
When I was 5 1/2 my sister noticed how flexible my feet were and how I could pointe my toes do she told my mom that she should bring me to ballet classes. I went to a small group class and after a few lessons the teacher asked to speak with my mom. She told her that I had really good feet and that I should be in a serious ballet school not just recreational classes.
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
Right now, Aurora Wedding Variation, but it changes all the time
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
Mariinsky Theater because my teacher danced there
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
It would have to be my first Nutcracker! Being in the theater performing on the stage was just magical
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
There are so many, but just to name a few,Maria Khoreva, Marlén Fuerte, Adiarys Almeida, Sylvie Guillem , Maya Plisetskya
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
Perform in each ballet class as if you were in front of an audience
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
Never compare your progress to anyone else’s progress
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
Learning how to focus and be disciplined. Being able to perform and bring a character to life and hopefully make the audience happy
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
Sore feet! And learning to trust yourself. Sometimes I’ll get on stage and for a second I won’t remember my variation! But as soon as the music starts my body remembers the movements
Q14: It seems like such hard work, did you ever have days growing up where you were like “ugh maybe I’ll just pick an easier career so I can be like a normal teenager”?
I’m only 12 so I don’t feel like I’ve missed out on anything yet. But I know this is what I want to do
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
Thankfully no. I definitely cross train to keep my body strong and hopefully prevent injuries
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I like to draw, read and play video games with my friends.