Sonia Rodriguez

Toronto-born Sonia Rodriguez moved to Madrid, Spain, at the age of five. She received her dance training at Princess Grace Academy in Monaco and with Pedro de la Cruz in Madrid. In 1989 Ms. Rodriguez won the Enrico Cecchetti award (Grand Prix) at the international competition in Capri. Ms. Rodriguez joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1990. She was promoted to Second Soloist in 1995 and to First Soloist in 1997. In 2000 she was promoted to Principal Dancer. Ms. Rodriguez' many principal roles include Odette/Odile in James Kudelka's Swan Lake, the title role in Giselle, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Lise in La Fille mal gardee, Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker,Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Kitri in Don Quixote, Swanilda in Coppelia, Cio-Cio San in Madame Butterfly, Princess Vasilisa in The Firebird, Vera in A Month in the Country, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Bianca in The Taming of a Shrew, Olga in Onegin, Lescaut's Mistress in Manon, as well numerous Balanchine ballets including the lead in Diamonds in Jewels, Calliope in Apollo and the leads in Divertimento No. 15, Mozartiana and Serenade. Ms.Rodriguez created the title role in Kudelka's Cinderella (2004), as well as roles in Matjash Mrozewski's A Delicate Battle (2001) and Jean-Pierre Perreault's The Comforts of Solitude (2001) as well as featured roles in Kudelka's The Four Seasons and A Disembodied Voice (1999). She has danced in the company premieres of Kudelka's there, below (2003), Desir (1998), Cruel World (1996) and Terra Firma (1997). In 1995, Ms. Rodriguez performed "Rum and Cola Cola" in the company premiere of Paul Taylor's Company B, a role she reprised when the National Balletemperformed to over 30,000 people at a Toronto Raptors/Orlando Magic Basketball game in March 1996 at Skydome. Ms. Rodriguez danced the lead role in Canadian premiere of The Red Shoes for the Karen Kain Farewell Tour in 1997. Ms. Rodriguez has also performed Child Alice in Glen Tetley's Alice, the Red Couple in Kylian's Forgotten Land, The Sweet Young Thing in Glen Tetley's La Ronde and principal roles in Kudelka's Pastorale,Eliot Feld's Intermezzo and Makarova's Paquita. She also performed featured roles in Kudelka's Musings, Christopher House's Cafe Dances, Glen Tetley's The Rite of Spring, Alice and Voluntaries,Antony Tudor's The Leaves Are Fading as well as roles in La Sylphide, Etudes, Symphonyin C, The Four Temperaments, theme and Variations and LesSylphides. In 1995 Ms. Rodriguez performed the balcony pas de deux from Romeo and Juliet and the pas de deux from Sylvia at an international ballet gala in Madrid, Spain. In 2004, Ms. Rodriguez performed at Stars of the 21st Century, performing The Sleeping Beauty pas de deux, and excerpts from Cinderella. Ms. Rodriquez has since performed in films such as The Planets and The Four Seasons, as well as television specials including Gotta Skate I and II, and hosted the Toronto Olympic bid concert at Roy Thomson Hall in 2001. 2005