Redlands choreographer’s career a ‘dream come true’ despite cancer diagnosis
As a little girl, Sofia Carreras loved classical music. One evening as her family entertained a guest for dinner at their home in Geneva, Switzerland, a 7 year-old Carreras put on her mother’s slip and began dancing to Tchaikovsky’s “The Blue Bird.”
“Somehow she was impressed with this little performance, and the next day she took me to the School of the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, where she was the accompanist,” says Carreras, now 53 and a Redlands resident.
Despite a cancer diagnosis, she says her career has been a dream come true from an early age.
Carreras was born in Igualada, a little town in the mountains overlooking Barcelona, Spain. At the age of 3, she moved with her parents to Geneva. After being introduced to the Grand Théâtre de Genève, she would go on to study there until she was 14.
Choreographer Sofia Carreras of Redlands (Photo courtesy of Sofia Carreras)
“I was lucky because I got a scholarship for being top of the class for six years at a time when we were dirt poor, so I wouldn’t have been able to do ballet without that help,” she says.
When Carreras was 13, she auditioned for George Balanchine’s “Coppelia” in what would become her first professional dance production.
“Girls came from everywhere to audition, because Balanchine was like a god, and I was one of the few lucky ones he chose,” she says.
Carreras would also end up sharing the stage with Mikhail Baryshnikov during that show.
“I think we were all a bit star struck with Mikhail,” she says. “Imagine being a school kid basketball player and suddenly you’re on court in one of the biggest stadiums in the world with Michael Jordan. He was that big in our world.”
When she was 14, Carreras and her family moved to Sacramento, where she continued […]