Sophie Flack (born 1983) is a performance and visual artist, author and former dancer with the New York City Ballet.
Born in Watertown, Massachusetts, Sophie Flack began her dance training at age 7 at the Boston Ballet School. She continued further ballet studies with Jacqueline Cronsberg, and spent summers dancing with the Chautauqua Festival Dancers and training with Suzanne Farrell at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. At age 14, Flack was awarded a full scholarship to attend the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of the New York City Ballet. While at SAB, she performed in the school’s lecture demonstrations with Suki Schorer and Jock Soto.
Flack became an apprentice with New York City Ballet in October 2000, joined the Corps de Ballet in 2001, and danced until she left the company in 2009. She graduated from Professional Children's School and has been continuing her college studies at Columbia University. In addition to her work in the performance arts, Flack is also a visual artist and writer. Her first novel, Bunheads, was published in October 2011.
- ^ a b c Kourlas, Gia (June 29, 2009). "Sophie Flack: A nine-year NYCB dancer discusses her recent layoff". TimeOut. New York. http://newyork.timeout.com/arts-culture/dance/41971/sophie-flack. Retrieved April 25, 2011.
- ^ a b c "Sophie Flack". New York City Ballet. Archived from the original on March 31, 2009. http://replay.web.archive.org/20090331123237/http://www.nycballet.com/company/personnel/artistic/flack.html. Retrieved April 25, 2011.
- ^ Wakin, Daniel J (July 22, 2009). "Sudden Finale". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/26/arts/dance/26waki.html. Retrieved April 25, 2011. With lead picture of Flack warming up in a dance studio in 2006.
- ^ a b Kourlas, Gia (November 22, 2007). "And All That Jazz...". TimeOut. New York. http://www.timeout.com/newyork/articles/dance/24373/and-all-that-jazz. Retrieved April 25, 2011. "This holiday, give a Sophie Flack—the NYCB dancer moonlights as a painter." Some of Flack's paintings are shown in the Art tab on her website.
- ^ Hollander, Sophia (October 3, 2011). "Ballet's Gritty Inside Story". Wall Street Journal. New York. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204524604576607280061482452.html?mod=WSJ_article_comments#articleTabs%3Darticle. Retrieved October 7, 2011. "'Bunheads,' a young-adult novel written by former corps dancer Sophie Flack, depicts a world where the characters' most intimate friends are also their greatest obstacles to success."
- ^ Goldstein, Meredith (October 10, 2011). "A Novel Life: A former dancer's new career takes shape". The Boston Globe. Boston. http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/books/2011/10/10/turning-point-watertown-sophie-flack-spins-her-dance-experience-into-young-adult-novel/6PYbm6m7rxqYHgp8V70yoI/story.html. Retrieved October 10, 2011. "Elizabeth Bewley, an editor at Poppy ... imagined that Flack had a great story to tell. Bewley suggested that she write a young adult novel loosely based on her experiences, and Flack ... accepted the challenge."
- ^ Scattergood, Augusta (November 28, 2011). "5 great books about friendship for tween readers". The Christian Science Monitor. Boston. http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/2011/1128/5-great-books-about-friendship-for-tween-readers/Bunheads-by-Sophie-Flack. Retrieved November 28, 2011. "Difficult choices and evolving relationships meld with an honest picture of the ballet world in this compelling novel for teen readers."
- ^ Friedman, Hilary (November 4, 2011). "Pas de Deux: A Review of Bunheads and Audition". http://www.huffingtonpost.com/hilary-levey/ballet-books_b_1072893.html. Retrieved November 4, 2011. "Sophie Flack ... has penned a well-paced, semi-autobiographical work of fiction."