Summer is in full swing with days at the shore and languid evening sunsets, but for young dancers, this season is filled with chasing dreams, long hours in the studio and dedication to their art. Sofia Volkov, a 17-year-old native of Severna Park, began her dance training at age 4 and has spent the summer chasing her dream.
Volkov was accepted to the Orlando Ballet School summer intensive and traveled from her home studio, The Dance Academy in Severna Park, in June in hopes of becoming a full-time trainee with Orlando Ballet. At the end of July, that dream was realized; with only six trainee spots available, Volkov made the cut. Her accolades and experiences range from competition at Youth America Grand Prix and Universal Ballet Competition to Bolshoi Ballet Academy and Pacific Northwest Ballet summer intensives. She has trained and performed locally with The Dance Academy, with Chesapeake Ballet Company as a lead dancer, and as a member of the Severna Park High School dance company.
“I'm so grateful for my family and friends, my studio, the teachers, everyone that supported and believed in me and especially Mrs. Ninel (Cherevko) and Mr. Dmitri (Malikov),” Volkov said.
Director of The Dance Academy, Noelle Reese, said that "it is a proud but bittersweet moment as an educator to see your students go on to the next level. I will miss seeing her everyday but am so excited for Sofia to continue the journey toward a career in dance."
Volkov has trained for 13 years with the desire to become a professional ballerina and the adventure is just beginning. Keep an eye out for this rising star on the big stage.
The Dance Academy is celebrating its 30th season in Severna Park. The in-house Chesapeake Ballet Company will hold auditions for its annual production of “The Nutcracker” on Thursday, August 25.