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,
Hamlet, Song of the Earth and Opus 19/The Dreamer. She
has 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. Recently, she danced the role of Romola in the Canadian
premiere of Nijinsky by John Neumeier.
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
Rodriguez 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
Principal Dancer Sonia Rodriguez answers the National Ballet Version of the Proust Questionnaire:
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Watching my children play and laugh.
What is your biggest fear?
Not being good enough.
Which living person do you most admire?
The Dalai Lama.
What is your greatest extravagance?
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
My fear to disappoint people.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
If you died and came back as something else, what would it be?
What is your most treasured possession?
My father’s necklace – a cross he wore every day.
Which words or phrase do you most overuse?
Are you sure?
What talent do you wish you had?
A singing voice.
What trait do you most admire in others?
Empathy and awareness.
What trait do you most deplore in others?
A lack of compassion and being overly critical.
What is your favourite journey?
Driving to my cottage for the summer holidays.
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
“Sonia Rodriguez gives the performance of her life as poor,
desperate Romola” The Hamilton Spectator, 2013
“Sonia Rodriguez, who created the title
role, remains youthfully fresh but also finds opportunities to refine her
Toronto Star, 2010