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 2012/13

    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 and Patrick Lavoie in Pur ti Miro

    Sonia Rodriguez and Patrick Lavoie in Pur ti Miro. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

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    Sonia Rodriguez in The Nutcracker

    Sonia Rodriguez in The Nutcracker. Photo by Bruce Zinger. 

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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, 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.  

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. 

Ms. 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 Alphabet. 

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?
My home.

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
My fear to disappoint people.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My children.

If you died and came back as something else, what would it be?
A bird.

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.

Quotes

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” The Toronto Star, 2010