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Sonia Jones


Photo: Jaime Gamez.

s was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she trained with Carolyn Trythall, Shari Vegso-Wilson and Viktor Yeliohin and guest teachers Susan Brooker, Franco De Vita, Raymond Lukens, Peter Pawlyshyn, Gay Porter-Speer, Brunilda Ruiz and Paul Sutherland. She earned highly commended marks as a student and teacher of the Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet and performed classical & contemporary repertoire with Ballet Theatre of Lancaster. After moving to New York City in 2009, she performed with Covenant Ballet Theatre, Long Island Ballet Theatre, and Saya Spring Dance Theater. She has nearly two decades of teaching experience, including at the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, ABT’s Young Dancer Summer Workshop, Covenant Ballet Theatre Academy of Brooklyn, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Harlem School of the Arts, Huntington Center for Performing Arts and Lancaster School of Ballet. Her children’s choreography has been featured in performances by the ABT JKO School, Covenant Ballet Theatre, Long Island Ballet Theatre and Ballet Theatre of Lancaster. In addition to teaching, Jones served on staff as the Student Examinations Coordinator and Manager for the ABT Certified Teachers part-time in 2015 and full-time in 2018, under the direction of Franco De Vita, Raymond Lukens, and Cynthia Harvey. She joined the ABT/NYU Master’s Program as an instructor in 2020 under the direction of Harriet Clark. In 2022, she was appointed Executive Director of Covenant Ballet Theatre of Brooklyn, alongside founder and artistic director Marla Hirokawa. She currently serves on the ABT NTC Artistic Board of Examiners. Jones also serves on the Advisory Board for Regeneration Arts and is a board member and leader at Times of Refreshing Christian Centre, New York. She is the founder of Sojo Performing Arts.

Jones is fully certified in the ABT National Training Curriculum and has presented students for ABT Student Examinations. She holds an MA in Teaching Dance in Higher Education & the Professions with a concentration in ABT Pedagogy from New York University.