In the Prime
ON PERSEVERANCE “I’ve spent 25 years as a professional dancer, so I’m not going to say it has always been a high. There were times when I second-guessed my choices and was filled with self-doubt. But the fog eventually lifted and I found a new love for what I was doing, and I’ve had many years after that.”
ON MOTHERHOOD “Having children was a very empowering thing for me— after giving life, it just seemed like I could tackle anything. That gave me a lot of power to come back and continue to dance. I also stopped letting other people’s opinions affect me to the point where I didn’t trust myself. I now have a sense of freedom I’ve never experienced before.” ON AGING “When you’re younger, you don’t feel like you have a lot of control over what’s happening around you. As you age, magical things happen. My performances today are richer and fuller than when I started, not only for the audience but also for myself. I feel very fortunate that my body has held up, and I hope it continues so I can enjoy the ride.”
At 42, Sonia Rodriguez—principal dancer, wife to championship skater Kurt Browning and mother of two— isn’t showing any signs of stopping. On the eve of her 25th anniversary with the National Ballet of Canada, and as she preps for her reprisal role as Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty (June 10 to 20, national. ballet.ca), Rodriguez shares what she has learned along the way.