Sofia Arencibia, born and raised in Miami, Florida, began her classical ballet training at the age of three. For over fourteen years, she received ballet instruction from Elizabeth Acuna Nuevo, Artistic Director and Lissette Salgado Lucas, Assistant Director of Artistic Dance Center. As a company member, she performed lead roles in The Nutcracker and many variations from classical works such as La Bayadere, Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, Napoli, Swan Lake, Paquita, and Swan Lake. She also performed pas de deux roles in classical works including Swan Lake, Paquita, Don Quixote, and Napoli.
Sofia earned many accolades in national competitions such as the American Dance Competition and Youth America Grand Prix, where she was invited to and attended the New York finals. She expanded her ballet training by attending reputable summer ballet intensives, such as New York’s School of American Ballet on full scholarship and Orlando Ballet and Sarasota Ballet on partial merit scholarships. Sofia is also a proud Young Arts Alumn (2012).
In 2012, at the age of 17, she accepted a professional contract with North Carolina Ballet Theater (recently re-named Charlotte Ballet) under the direction of Jean Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride and performed many classical and contemporary, original works by Jean Pierre Bonnefoux, Mark Diamond, Dwight Rhoden, Desmond Richardson, and Sasha Janes. In 2014, Sofia guest danced in Desmond Richardson’s “Way of the Rain.”
Sofia began her career as a Classical Ballet Teacher and Choreographer in 2013. She has dedicated her teaching career to training students of all ages and levels and instilling the values and principles associated with ballet training in her students. Some of these values and principles include hard work, determination, discipline, confidence, and perseverance.
In 2014, Sofia accepted a contract as a soloist with Florida Grand Ballet. During her time with Florida Grand Ballet, she performed roles in La Sylphide (soloist), Paquita (soloist), Rose Adagio from Sleeping Beauty, and other contemporary works. From 2014-2016, Sofia participated in performances in Miami, FL as a freelance guest artist. In 2015, Sofia accepted the position as Co-Director of the Prima Ballet Team at Maria Verdeja School of the Arts and was later promoted to Team Director until 2019.
Sofia Arencibia holds a Business Administration and Management Bachelor’s Degree from Florida International University. She is also the Founder and Director of Movement Miami, an at-school Creative Movement and Introduction to Dance Technique Program for children. During the summer of 2019, Sofia was presented with the opportunity to return to her home studio, Artistic Dance Center, as the Associate Director and later that season took on the role as Artistic Director. Sofia is honored to carry on the legacy of ADC through her leadership and continues to uphold the high standard of dance training, established by Founder Elizabeth Nuevo, that Artistic Dance Center is known and recognized for.