Meet Sophia Preidel, TEN Company Dancer

 

Sophia Preidel

Where are you from and what is your professional background?

I am from Germany, where I trained at Iwanson School of Contemporary Dance for 3 years, before moving to the UK.

 When did you know, you wanted to dance professionally? What drew you to dance?

When I joined a jazz dance group in my home town (age 17), I realized for the first time how much I loved dancing.

The idea to dance professionally grew inside me very slowly. When I did a summer workshop, I was asked if I wanted to join the course to train as a professional dancer.

What made you want to work with ACE dance and music?

I first heard from ACE through some friends of mine who had done a couple of workshops with ACE and choreographer Jose Agudo. I really liked his movement style and so decided to audition for ACE. ACE was also working with Vincent Mantsoe at the time. I was very excited by the opportunity to work with two such interesting choreographers.

During TEN tour, which performance has been your favourite and why?

Either Perthsire or Lincolnshire… (which ever one it was where the fire alarm did NOT go off)..I enjoyed it because it felt like us dancers had arrived in the piece more than previously and we connected with each other on stage.

 Do you have any pre-show rituals?

We form a circle. One dancer is doing the talking (things to keep in mind for the performance, supportive words,…).

I don’t have any personal rituals, apart from trying to breathe calmly before going on stage and getting rid of unrelated thoughts.

What are the key things to remember whilst performing?

For me: not to think..if I start to think about the movement, I start to panic that I might have a black out. Allowing the body to do what it knows is probably the best thing to do.

What is it like to be in a professional company?

Depending on the work, it can, obviously be very physically demanding. Being a freelance dancer means that you are not always employed, so coming back to working with the company can be a challenge for the body and can feel like being thrown into the deep end for the first few days.

It is nice to work with the same group of people for a longer period of time, as you get to really know each other and you know that you can trust each other on stage.

What advice would you give to aspiring dancers who are beginning their journey?

I would advise them to always have their eyes open for opportunities, other than auditions (taking as many classes and workshops, as possible, as this is a great way to make new connections and to be seen by potential employers).