If you’ve seen First Position, you know just how important the Youth America Grand Prix can be to a dancer’s future. (Aran Bell, we see you, doing your thing in ABT’s Studio Company!) (Also see: Michaela dePrince.) So 13-year-old Sophia Lucia might want to get out her sunglasses, since her recent second place win at the YAGP Nationals—for a contemporary duet in the junior division—is making her future so bright, she's gotta wear shades.
Sophia Lucia took home first place in the Junior division contemporary category at the San Diego regionals. Photo by VAM, courtesy of YAGP.
You may know Sophia as the Guinness Book of World Records holder for the most consecutive pirouettes: 55. (NOT A TYPO.)
If you've got students who aren't natural turners at your studio, check out our tips on when to introduce pirouettes.
P.S. If you're interested in learning more about the Lucia family dance legacy, stay tuned for our June issue!