Sophie Olson 

Sophie Olson 

Sophie is French Canadian from Cornwall Ontario Canada. When she was three years old, her mother put her in dance class at a local church in a small farm town . That's when she learned how to "chasse". It changed her life.  Sophie started competing in dance across Canada and the US as a teenager and at 14 was cast in her first professional role in a musical theater play.  At age 15, she left home to attend the prestigious Ecole secondaire publique De La Salle, where she studied modern dance and theater.

After high school, Sophie attended Randolph Academy in Toronto and then the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria BC.  She worked throughout Canada as a dancer and was hired as a performer for Disney Cruise Line and Tokyo Disneyland.Once back in Canada, Sophie continued to teach dance and became the head of the Jazz Department at the Dena Wosk School of Performing Arts in Vancouver, BC.  Sophie choreographed for Amnesty International, the Canadian College of Performing Arts, University of Ottawa and various art films.

In 2004, Sophie and her husband moved to LA to pursue a career in dance and acting. Since her arrival in LA, Sophie has choreographed for Hart Pulse Dance, Mixmatch Dance Festival, Studio City Stages, LA Comedy Festival, Smooth Laughs, How to Make it into 101 (short film), Animal Instinct (short film), Pop Stars (Reality TV) and Shaw’s Wedding Belles  to name a few. She’s had the honor of choreographing commercials for Sundance Film Festival and "Scrublovers" medical scrubs.  In 2009 she started her own dance company, Sophie Olson Dance Explosion, which focuses on creating dance films in order to reach a broader audience. In 2011 she produced and choreographed La femme; A Short Dance Film (collaborating with choreographer Amanda Hart) which will screen at the VMS Short Film Channel in 2012.


Sophie’s passion for music videos has led her to work with Chilean Pop Star Yael Meyer (Lollapalooza 2012) as the choreographer of two music videos; Fire and Use to Be. In addition, Sophie also had the honor of choreographing In the Sun and Don’t Look Back for the indie band "She and Him" (Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward) as well as the opening credits of the pilot for "New Girl" for FOX. Sophie’s most recent choreography is an interactive music video for "New Girl" premiering February 2012.

Professional Experience

Film/TV

• New Girl "Promo" Interactive Music Video, Fox, directed byJay Lehery

• New Girl "Pilot," Fox, directed byJack Kasden

• Wedding Belles TV, Shaw/Global (Vancouver BC)

• Total Pop Stars (Reality) TV, directed by Andrew Van Slee

• Sundance Film Festival “Be Here,” directed by Jeremy Konner

Music Videos

• She and Him, “In the Sun,” Merge Records, directed by Peyton Reed 

• She and Him, “Don’t Look Back,”  Merge Records, directed by Jeremy Konner

• She and Him, "I Could've Been Your Girl," Merg Records, directed by Zooey Deschanel

• Yael Meyer “Used to Be”  directed by Yael Meyer/Stephen Snavely

Ghost Girls "Proposal"Web SeriesJeremy Konner/Prod. Jack Black

Ghost Girls "Ahmayzing"Web SeriesJeremy Konner/Prod. Jack Black

Yael Meyer “Fire”            Music VideoYael Meyer/Matt Green

La femmeShort FilmSODE and HPDC

Little FlameShort FilmSophie Olson Dance Explosion

Mussolini vs. StalinShort FilmSophie Olson Dance Explosion

American WeddingShort FilmSophie Olson Dance Explosion

Les portes de la nuit: A Dance OperettaShort FilmSophie Olson Dance Explosion

3 HeadsShort FilmSophie Olson Dance Explosion

 Animal InstinctsShort FilmMelissa Lomelino

   

Theater:  

Dance for a Cause-Haiti Relief Avalon/American Red Cross Fundraiser 

Raiding the Rock VaultPilotMayan Theater/David Kershenbaum

Ratz Ruble Castle Midsummer Celebration of Dance

Pitter Pat Hart Pulse Dance Co. 

Spring Fling Hart Pulse Dance Co. 

Vaude    Hart Pulse Dance Co.  

Throwback Hart Pulse Dance Co. 

Strange Fruit MixMatch Dance Festival 2008

Little Flame MixMatch Dance Festival 2009

3 Heads MixMatch Dance Festival 2010

STUCK MixMatch Dance Festival 2011

Smooth Laughs   La Comedy Festival

Chicago Cabaret Studio City Stages/Luscious Maven

Trick or Treat: A Night of Dance Haunts Sophie Olson Dance Explosion/Studio City Stages

Dena Wosk School of Performing Arts JCC Vancouver BC 

Garri Dance Recital 2006/07/08/09/2010

Garri Dance Studio



Spirit of a Nation Showcase           Victoria Harbour front

Amnesty International De La Salle 

Brecht University of Ottawa