Sonia Rodriguez

Sonia Rodriguez 2013-14 Photo Credits

Sonia Rodriguez. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.

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    Sonia Rodriguez

    Sonia Rodriguez. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.

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    Sonia Rodriguez - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    Sonia Rodriguez in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic. 

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    Sonia Rodriguez in The Sleeping Beauty

    Sonia Rodriguez in The Sleeping Beauty. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic. 

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    Sonia Rodriguez in Giselle

    Sonia Rodriguez in Giselle. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann. 

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    Sonia Rodriguez and Aleksandar Antonijevic in Onegin

    Sonia Rodriguez and Aleksandar Antonijevic in Onegin. Photo by Sian Richards.

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    Sonia Rodriguez in Cinderella

    Sonia Rodriguez in Cinderella. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann. 

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    Sonia Rodriguez - Hamlet

    Sonia Rodriguez and Piotr Stanczyk in Hamlet. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic. 

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    Sonia Rodriguez in The Nutcracker

    Sonia Rodriguez in The Nutcracker. Photo by Bruce Zinger. 

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    Sonia Rodriguez. Photo by Christopher Wahl.

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    Sonia Rodriguez with Artists of the Ballet in company class. Photo by Aaron Vincent Elkaim.

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Biography

A native of Toronto, Sonia Rodriguez studied dance in Madrid with Pedro de la Cruz and at the Princess Grace Academy in Monaco. She joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1990 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2000. 

Ms. Rodriguez has danced the principal roles in Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, La Fille mal gardée, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Nijinsky, Hamlet, Song of the Earth and Opus 19/The Dreamer. She has also danced lead roles in numerous George Balanchine ballets, including Apollo, Mozartiana, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Theme and Variations, Serenade, the Sanguinic variation in The Four Temperaments and Diamonds from Jewels. Ms. Rodriguez has had many roles created on her, including the title role in Cinderella, Princess Vasilisa in The Firebird and roles in An Italian Straw Hat and The Four Seasons 

Ms. Rodriguez has held numerous guesting engagements, including the Stars of the 21st Century Gala in New York City, International Ballet Gala in Madrid, Spain, Gala of International Dance Stars in Cincinnati, International Ballet Festival of Miami, Houston Ballet Gala and the FestivALL Dance Gala in Charleston, West Virginia. In 2005, she danced the role of Dulcinea in the world premiere of Suzanne Farrell’s re-staging of Balanchine’s Don Quixote at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. 

In 2014, Ms. Rodriguez was named one of "The Top 100 Spaniards" in honour for her success abroad and was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2012. In 2011, she was honoured with Spain’s Officer’s Cross of the Civil Merit and wrote her first children’s book, T is for Tutu: A Ballet Alphabet. 

Sonia Rodriguez is sponsored through Dancers First by Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin in celebration of her 25th Anniversary year. 

Quotes

Manon 
“The ovation that greeted Sonia Rodriguez and Guillaume Côté, Saturday night’s opening leads, was spontaneous and heartfelt; as was proper. They negotiated the fiendish technical challenges of MacMillan’s choreography with almost reckless physical abandon, whipping up a blistering emotional storm.” Toronto Star, 2014 

 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 
"Principal dancer Sonia Rodriguez tirelessly appeared onstage for most of the night, perfectly capturing the mix of playful innocence and bewilderment as she encountered one strange scene after another during her journey." Los Angeles Magazine, 2012 

Nijinsky 
“Sonia Rodriguez gives the performance of her life as poor, desperate Romola” The Hamilton Spectator, 2013 

Cinderella 
“Sonia Rodriguez, who created the title role, remains youthfully fresh but also finds opportunities to refine her interpretation” Toronto Star, 2010