Featured Profile: Intersect Dance Theatre
Sofia Carerras was born in Barcelona, raised in Geneva, Switzerland, where she received her early training at the Ecole de Danse du Grand Theatre de Geneve. She began her professional career at age 13 at the Geneva Opera House performing alongside Mikhail Barishnikov, and working under the direction of George Balanchine in his staging of Coppelia.
She has taught in several schools and companies in Southern California, including Riverside Ballet Arts, Inland Pacific Ballet and Ballet Etudes of Huntington Beach where she served as Artistic Director. Her choreography has been performed at the International Ballet Competition (Varna, Bulgaria), the American Grand Prix in New York, and in venues throughout California. As an Associate Professor of Dance at RCC, Sofia is passionate about giving back what she had received along the way to her community.
After years of performing throughout the United States and Europe as an entertainer with King’s Productions and Princess Cruise Lines, Mark began his formal dance training at Riverside City College under the tutelage of Jo Dierdorff and Rita Chenoweth. He has since graduated from Cornish College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, and completed a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from University of California, Irvine, with an emphasis in Lighting Design. Currently, Mark is an Associate Professor of Dance at Riverside City College.
It is this commitment which allows Intersect to appropriately represent innovative art to the world of diverse communities throughout Greater Riverside area, the Inland Empire and Southern California regionally. The meeting of past and future, classical and avant-garde, professional and student, define Intersect and its bold new/innovative direction for dance as art.
The company invites real people – such as dancers on stage of all ages, backgrounds, gender and form – to become part of the exciting blend of human form exploring art and offering it back to their community.
The Golden West College Professional Invitational will take place on February 18 & 19 2011, at 8 pm. It is being held at the Robert B. Moore Theater, which is located on the Orange Coast College campus in Costa Mesa, California. Tickets are $12 for General and $10 for Students; they are available through the OCC Box Office and online at www.occtickets.com.
For more information on Intersect Dance Theatre please check out their website: www.intersectdancetheatre.com