Originally from South Korea, Sophia Lee lived and trained in Langley, BC before joining the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division. She graduated from the School in 2010 and joined the RWB Aspirant Program for one year before being promoted directly into the Corps de Ballet. Lee was promoted to Second Soloist in 2012.
Her RWB repertoire includes, Clara in Nutcracker, Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, the lead role in Carmina Burana, and she was selected by Twyla Tharp to dance the role of the Queen of the Underworld in The Princess & The Goblin. She has also had roles created on her, including Svengali’s First in Mark Godden’s Svengali, as well as a solo set to Hallelujah in Jorden Morris’ The Doorway: Scenes from Leonard Cohen. She performed in Peter Quanz’s In Tandem and Luminous and was selected to perform with former RWB Principal Dancer Jaime Vargas at the 31st Annual Genie Awards to Jorden Morris’ Dance Me to the End of Love with Montréal rock band Karkwa.
“Sophia Lee, with her majestic développé, lovely port de bras and serene hauteur, was superb as the Lilac Fairy.” - Ottawa Citizen, 2013
The charismatic Sophia Lee … owns the stage every time she appears. This rising star imbued her benevolent Lilac Fairy with natural grace and sophistication, with her gorgeous port de bras and strongly lyrical lines particularly during her Act I solo variation evoking a young Karen Kain.”
- Holly Harris, Winnipeg Free Press, 2013
“Svengali's three-women entourage (Emily Grizzel, Yayoi Ezawa and Sophia Lee), dance with just the right amount of sensuous precision.”
- Robert Enright, CBC, 2011
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