Anne-Sophie Rodrigues Anne-Sophie Rodriguez
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Anne-Sophie was born in France and started her studies there, most notably with Colette Armand at whose school Rosella Hightower often guest taught. After moving to the United States, she trained at the San Francisco Ballet School with teachers including Irina Jacobson, Jorge Esquivel and Vassilii Mountian. She studied most deeply with Larisa Sklyanskaya whom she credits for instilling in her a wealth of technical and artistic knowledge. Anne-Sophie graduated from Boston Ballet School where she had relocated to study with acclaimed teacher Madame Tatiana Nicolaevna Legat.

She then performed with distinguished companies such as Boston Ballet (AD: Anna-Marie Holmes), Tulsa Ballet (AD: Marcello Angelini), the Norwegian National Ballet (AD: Espen Giljane), the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, and Ballet Internationale (AD: Eldar Aliev). As a freelancer, many principal and soloist roles were created on her during her time with New York City contemporary companies Janusphere Dance Company and compani javedani.

Her expansive repertoire includes the great classics such as Giselle, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Le Corsaire, Cinderella, Dracula and Nutcracker, Balanchine works such as Who Cares (Turning Girl solo, and Embraceable You pas de deux), Valse Fantaisie, Serenade, Divertimento #15, Symphony in C (1st and 3rd movements) and Four Temperaments (Melancholic and Phlegmatic). Her contemporary repertoire includes works by Twyla Tharp, Stanton Welch, Nacho Duato, Lila York and many others.

Eager to pass on the vast knowledge gained from her genius teachers as well as her own experience, Anne-Sophie began teaching when her mentor Edward Ellison opened the Ellison Ballet, his highly esteemed school in New York City, and entrusted her with his students. For the remainder of her years in New York City, she continued to teach, coach, and choreograph for Ellison Ballet and also taught at the Joffrey Ballet School, the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet and Ballet Arts, as well as privately. Additionally, she was Pentacle's Behind the Scenes Choreography Mentor at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts.

For more than a decade, she has prepared many students for the Youth America Grand Prix competitions including choreographing contemporary pieces. Several of these beloved students have placed very well in the semi-finals and finals, including 2007 Bronze Medal winner Christina Schifano and 2015 San Francisco Semi-Final Grand Prix Winner and NYC Final Silver Medalist Rio Anderson whom she coached in her self-choreographed contemporary work.

Anne-Sophie's own awards include numerous merit scholarships, as well as the Rita A. Gustafson Memorial Scholarship, a San Francisco Ballet Endowment Foundation awarded for outstanding merit and achievement at the San Francisco Ballet School. She holds certifications from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Teacher Training Program in the method of classical dance instruction for elementary, intermediate and advanced classes. Her most recent undertakings include in-depth yoga studies. She is a graduate of world renowned teacher Janet Stone's 500-hour certification program and she assists Janet's weekly public classes as well as her teacher trainings. Along with Janet, she credits master teachers Scott Blossom and Christopher Hareesh Wallis, PhD with continuing to deepen her knowledge of self and how to best relate to others. Though she is a demanding teacher, her approach is compassionate and loving with an emphasis on clear communication.

Anne-Sophie is delighted and grateful to dedicate her life to the amazing art of classical ballet and feels privileged to be able to impart it on the next generation. She is dedicated to bringing out the best in each dancer, student and professional alike, that she encounters.

Though she has not performed for a while and enjoys mentoring and being behind the scenes, she will always consider herself a dancer and would still welcome any opportunity to get on stage that comes her way.

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