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Sofia Downing

Hometown: Mandeville, Louisiana

Sofia Downing was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and began dancing at the age of three. At the age of five, her family moved to New Orleans, Louisiana where she continued her ballet training at the Myra Mier School of Ballet. She then went on to dance at the Apetrei Dancenter in Mandeville, Louisiana, training in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and contemporary. She became a company member in 2010 and participated in the Regional Dance America festival for two years under the direction of Kelly Apetrei.

Sofia has attended Joffery Ballet West, Florida Dance, and the International Ballet Competition Summer intensives in the past years. She also participated in the Valentina Kozlova Ballet Competition in 2015. She has performed works by Luis Fuente, Helen Hansen French, John Parks and Robert Moses.

Sofia is currently attending the University of South Florida majoring in Dance.