Introducing Sophie Apollonia
No Sweaty Betty campaign is complete without a Londoner, so step in the Brixton born, dancer and choreographer Sophie Apollonia. From humble beginnings to dancing on the West End stage, this girl sings, acts and is a firm believer in balance. Meet the woman who’s rocking our world.
Describe yourself in three words?
Fun, kind and weird.
How did you get into dancing originally?
I had nothing really to do around my area, and I was forever hassling my mum to be a fairy. So she took me to a class in Brixton for £3.50 a week at a place called the Petchey Academy, it’s still going. And fortunately for me it had an amazing teacher who saw the potential in me. That’s how it all started. I ended up getting a scholarship to The Royal Ballet School when I was 11 and I trained there and I graduated at 19. I then ended up in Covent Garden and danced with The Royal Ballet Company..
What’s been your biggest wow moment to date?
I performed for the Royal Family in the Crown Room at Buckingham Palace. It was a private performance, and that was unbelievable, especially knowing where I had come from. I worked with Robbie Williams recently that was cool. I like to mix it up, collaborating with different brands and artists. I like to stick my fingers in all the pies.
3 tips for staying balanced?
Eat well, party hard and be kind to people. I just try and sleep as much as I can when I can, eat well and still have fun though. I still need to go out and have a drink with my friends too. I’m all about having fun, the balance of having fun, being busy, staying healthy. It can work.
So what does a typical day look like to you?
That’s what I love about being a freelance artist because every day is different for me. I’m the kind of person that hates doing the same thing over and over again. So let me give you an example… I had a show last night, finished at 1am, up at 6am, doing a shoot. Then I’m going to a dinner event at Vogue which should be really fun.
When do you feel best in yourself?
When I’m dancing. Dancing is my free state of mind, I just, I go in my own little world. But what do you mean by that?
When you’re not dancing are there any other places you like to train?
Well I’ve just come back from LA and I got really into Soul Cycle with my boyfriend.
And what do you do to switch off?
I literally just love just staying in, I love cooking so I cook myself a nice meal and just catch up on EastEnders. I’m so embarrassed to say that!
What’s your signature dish?
I’d say I’m really good at cooking a kedgeree curry. I love spicy food.
Obviously you’re a London girl, where are you based in London now?
I’m based in Brixton, but I split my time between Stockholm and London.
What does female empowerment mean to you?
Empowerment to me is women bigging each other up and just accepting how we are, who we are, in whatever shape or size and seeing that we’re beautiful and not judging ourselves too harshly either.
How do you feel empowered as a woman?
Everyone’s beautiful, so love your curves and love your bones is what I say. Compliment a stranger. That for me is empowering, for a women, if I’m on the tube and I see someone who looks nice, I would love to let them know that they look great and I don’t think people do it enough. And I feel like that’s a way of empowering other women. Just be like...you’re bloody great babe do you know what I mean?
Favourite workout song?
I like something 80s and wild or Kanye West, Fade.
Dance like nobody’s watching.