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Sarah Soto Berry Leads Guest Artist Workshop
bolles dance company with guest artist

The Bolles Dance Company welcomed renowned dancer and choreographer Sarah Soto Berry to Lynch Theater on the Upper School San Jose Campus August 26-27 for its first guest artist choreography weekend of the year.

The students learned a challenging hip-hop dance that will be performed at various events throughout the 2023-24 school year.

Soto began her dance training at the young age of 2 and has pursued the life of a performer ever since. Her training in ballet, jazz, modern, flamenco, salsa and hip hop has taken her from New York City to Los Angeles, with stops in Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta and Jacksonville, Florida. She has studied under several dance legends, including Frank Hatchett, Fredrick Bratcher and Finis Jhung.

Soto received a full talent scholarship from the Florida School of the Arts, where she studied modern dance styles (including Graham), ballet, jazz, piano, vocal training and musical theater and graduated in 2009 with a degree in dance.

In 2011, Soto signed with Xcel talent agency in Atlanta and had a thriving dance career, gracing the stage and big screen alongside icons, including Paula Abdul, Jennifer Holiday, Janet Jackson, Biz Markee, Iggy Azaela, Nikki Williams, Jacquees, Trina and many more. 

She has danced and played small roles in films and television programs such as "For Colored Girls," "Fast And Furious Five," "Drop Dead Diva," "Housewives of Atlanta," "The Kandy Factory," "Franklin and Bash," and BET's "106 & Park." Soto also played a dancer/actress role in the off-Broadway production "Asylum," in New York City. Her other live performances include The Soul Train Awards, The Legacy Awards and the iHeart Radio summer tour in 2013, featuring Demi Lovato, Neyo, Ed Sheeran and Jason Derulo.

As Soto’s dance career took off, she also began to indulge in her love for creating and began teaching and choreographing for dance companies, recording artists, studios, award shows, weddings and corporate events. Soto has taught dance for more than 10 years and has received several awards for her innovative choreography. She enjoys sharing her talent and knowledge with the younger generations and plans to continue teaching for as long as possible.