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Sonia Awad

Ottawa Director of Operations

When Sonia first stepped into the room, at a very young age, she knew dance was her true form of expression.  From years in the studio, she decided to take her recreation and make something out of it. She attended the dance program at Arts Canterbury High School and went on to pursue and extend her knowledge at George Brown College in Foundations and Commercial Dance Studies, where she graduated with a Certificate in dance. She has trained extensively for many years, in Ballet, Jazz, and Tap, then went on to learn street and club styles of dance, expanding her pathway from choreography to freestyle.

She was one of 35 to represent Canada at the Music and Arts festival in Beijing, China. She has performed in many industrials, fundraisers, and corporate events, such as, Urban Groove on BPM TV, Luther Brown & OIP Dance Centre’s The Red City, and Dance Ontario's Dance Weekend for 5 consecutive years. Sonia performed at the 2006 fFIDA International Dance Festival and at Kick Up Your Heels at Harbourfront in Toronto. She has also performed choreography by Danny Davalos in the 1st anniversary of the Bazzar, and Dance Ontario Dance Weekend with the Honeykats. Currently a member of Culture Shock Ottawa, she has had the opportunity to perform at 2011 Culture Shock Showcase, East Coast Dance Concert, Step into Motion 2011, and the International Culture Shock Choreographer’s Showcase in Long Beach CA, and San Diego, to name a few, she just recently performed in OpenMinds a showcase to fundraise for Live2Give in the Philippines, and danced with local singer, Kapri.

Sonia has also had the opportunity to work with Dance Migration doing Samba, performing on various stages in and around Toronto. Working with Dance Migration has given her the chance to expand her knowledge in different disciplines of dance. She performed a production put together by Adrianna and Dance Migration called Terra Brasil. Sonia shows a wide variety of talent with everything she does, from touring with live children shows, assisting magicians, performing corporate events and always training. Her current drive is teaching youth and sharing her knowledge as much as she can, while consistently learning.

With her energy and passion, she had decided to take things further to expand her knowledge and create more in the world of dance in Mexico City. She has had the opportunity to work with many talented and inspiring dancers around the world. Upon returning to her home, she decided to give her experience a little twist and created movement pieces for a show that was presented at The Fringe Festival in 2011, The Walk, A play on human trafficking. Written by Catherine Cunningham-Huston, and directed by Natalie Fraser. 

In the end, Sonia is grateful to have the resources to help her continue to grow and learn while she teaches and inspires the generations after her.

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