Sonya Smith

MFA in Dance Candidate

University of Colorado at Boulder

1321 College Ave #194
Boulder, CO 80302
United States


After ten years dancing professionally in the San Francisco Bay Area, both on the ground and in the air, Sonya returned to the academy to pursue an MFA in Dance from CU Boulder. She is the first MFA candidate on the Aerial Dance Track, with research including aerial pedagogy, including somatic applications to aerial dance; gender in aerial performance; and historical and aesthetic roots of aerial dance. Smith’s choreography for dance, theater productions and film has been presented in Portland, Kansas City, and San Francisco, and Boulder, often combining aerial apparatus, props, modern dance and contact improvisation. In her time in San Francisco between she was honored to work with incredible Bay Area artists including, Zaccho Dance Theater, Lizz Roman and Dancers, Project Bandaloop, Dance Brigade, Rapt Performance Group, Kim Epifano/Epiphany Productions, and Eat Cake Productions. In Colorado she has worked with Gesel Mason Performance Project, Michelle Ellsworth and Kim Olsen's Sweet Edge. In the Bay Area and in Colorado her theater work includes roles in Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses (Aphrodite and others), Macbeth (Lady MacDuff), Singin' in the Rain (diction coach and featured dancer), Cinderella Enchanted (featured aerialist) and Peter Pan (Liza and others). As a member of the Board of Directors, she coordinated construction of CounterPULSE’s new theater space in the SOMA district of San Francisco.  Her work continues to be a fiscally sponsored project of CounterPULSE. Smith obtained a BA in Biology, with a minor in dance, and began dancing professionally in Minneapolis, before moving to Portland, OR, and finally the Bay Area.

Movement Specialties:


Conditioning and Acrobatics

Contact Improvisation




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