In the Prime

Elle (Canada) - - Radar -

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.

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