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Life & Work with Sophia Basilio

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sophia Basilio.

Hi Sophia, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to San Diego at the age of 14. I’ve been dancing since I was six years old and it was definitely different. I didn’t have the privileged to take dance classes and when I moved to the United States, I was able to find more passion for dance. I trained in San Diego and Los Angeles and still training and learning. Currently learning and training on hip hop, popping, and krump to help expand my vocabulary with dance. Consistent growth is my favorite mindset to keep me motivated and enjoy the dance classes I teach.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I definitely had a lot of ups and downs in terms of getting where I’m at now with dance. I didn’t have a lot of support from my family because the main focus of a traditional Filipino family is finishing school. I lost my passion for school because of when the Pandemic hit. I was studying Criminal Justice. I fell in love with dance as I get older and saw the potential that I have. I didn’t give up and kept pushing and kept finding ways to help myself independently.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a professional hip-hop dancer. I work music videos for different artists. I teach dance classes in North Hollywood. I specialize in choreography, hip-hop, and Krump. I am known for having positive energy with everything that I do. I enjoy dance no matter how stressful it could be. I am most proud of just still being myself and not taking things for granted. I’m proud of all the connections I’ve made because of dance. Being “Pia,” being myself, being happy and genuine in what I do is what sets me apart from others. Sometimes people forget to be authentic, forget about being themselves and why they do what they do.

Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
Find someone who can connect with you and who is willing to grow with you. Look for someone who can relate and who will listen. Being able to connect with the mentor that I have by learning how to be patient with myself and the process of my growth.

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