Sophia Poole is seventeen years old and a senior at St. Petersburg High School in the Early College Program with St. Petersburg College. She began dancing at the Academy of Ballet Arts at age two and discovered her love for ballet. Throughout her education, at the Academy of Ballet Arts, she has participated in numerous shows and received many lead roles including roles in The Nutcracker such as Arabian, Spanish Lead, and Reedpipes Lead. In this year’s Nutcracker, she has the great joy of performing Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen. This being her senior year, Sophia is sad this show is her final Nutcracker with the Academy of Ballet Arts; however, she is forever grateful for her incredible experiences dancing with this company. Sophia would like to personally thank all of her teachers, friends, and family for being her biggest supporters.