'Takes your breath away'
Gifted young dancer off to a prestigious summer program
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 12:40 AM
Greenwood’s Sophie Beth Nickles has only been studying ballet for about 18 months, but the young dancer is headed to a prestigious Joffrey Ballet School summer intensive course June 9 through 27.
Sophie Beth Nickles dances inside Studio One School of Ballet and was recently accepted to the prestigious Joffrey School of Ballet Intensive Program for Young Dancers. Nickles began dancing ballet eighteen months ago.
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Sophie Beth Nickles, 12, is a seventh grader in the ACTS program at Brewer Middle School. She is the daughter of Philip and Patty Nickles of Greenwood.
She started taking local classes in tap, jazz and hip-hop at age 6 and said she decided she wanted to get serious about ballet about a year and a half ago, having never before studied that style of dance.
Patty Nickles said Sophie Beth Nickles told her one day, “Now Mama, I want to take ballet and I want to get serious.”
Sophie Beth Nickles enrolled last summer in an intensive course at Studio One School of Ballet and Dance, 115-A Hampton Place, Greenwood. She began studying with studio director Cathy Girvin, who has been teaching ballet in Greenwood for more than 15 years.
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