As a dancer, somatic guide and ritual performer, this modern day yogini & temple dancer creates environments for transformation, self-discovery and pure bliss. By simply being in Sofiah's presence one feels her grace, strength and palpable sensuality as she invites you to get out of your head and into your body.
Sofiah calls her dance 'Temple Fusion' which stems from a recognition of the body as a temple. 'Temple Fusion' melds Belly Dance, Modern dance, Indian Temple Dance, African Dance, Hip Hop and Yoga Asanas. Sofiah also incorporates a variety of fire arts in her repertoire, such as poi, fire fans, and fire palms.
Sofiah's presence creates an intimate space amidst even huge crowds. You may even catch one of her special ritual performances in which she uses her hypnotic voice adding yet another layer of depth to the experience by invoking the divine through spontaneous channeling of song.
Performances and Collaborations
Sofiah has realized collaborations with many different artists internationally over the past decade, including Liquid Fire Mantra, Jamie Janover, The Dub Kirtan All Stars, Random Rab, Jillian Ann, Nicoluminous, Ill-Esha, Dessert Dwellers, Kaminanda, Kalya Scintilla, Andrea Brook and the Earth Harp, Mashimon, Rena Jones, Bluetech, Elizabeth Bast, Robin Sol, Chris Berry, Biggabush, Larissa Stow and the Shakti Tribe, Geoffrey Gordon, Tony Khalife, Govinda, the Human Experience, Diwata, Amae Love, Ms. Murray, Gaudi, David Starfire, Afrolicious, Zach Darling, and the Dandy Warholes (music video).
Sofiah also performed solo at the following events in recent years:
- Bali Spirit Fest (Bali 2009)
- Bhakti Fest
- Lightning in a Bottle Festival (2007- 2012)
- Faery Worlds
- Mystic Garden Party
- Parihaka Festival (NZ)
- Biggabush show in Kiehl- Germany
- Spokane International Congress, Innsbruck Fashionation
- Costa Rica Yoga Expo
- Chik Chak Chok Belly Dance Festival, Costa Rica
- Earth Dance (2010-2011)
- Burning Man (2006-2011)
- Persistent Illusion – San Diego Fine Arts Society three year anniversary
- Envision Fesitval (Costa Rica 2011-2012)
- Pyramid Eclipse (2012)
- Wanderlust Tahoe (2012)
Sofiah has performed privately at a variety of yoga and dance retreats, studio openings and events, the Cell Space community event, weddings, birthdays, the Om Shanti Tea house, the Divine Nectar Release Party, fundraisers and blessing ways amongst others.
Sofiah Thom's Background in Performing Arts
Sofiah has been dancing since the age of 4 and over the years dance grew into the passion of her life. Sofiah received her degree in Dance Therapy and Performance Art from Naropa University in Boulder CO, where she studied Modern, Improvisation and African Dance while exploring many other movement based healing forms including The Five Rhythms, Body Mind Centering, Contemplative Dance Practice, Authentic Movement, and Ritual Performance amongst others.
After graduating from Naropa in 2000, Sofiah traveled through India studying the arts of Fire Dance, Yoga, Odissi Temple dance and letting the Eastern modalities inform her developing practice. She then moved back to England where she taught her first movement work called Modern Temple Dance and performed with the London Based Limon Company, an improvisation based music and dance company. Whilst living in England Sofiah met Glyn "Biggabush" Bush from the band Rockers Hi-Fi and together they developed a choreographed show as well as recorded Sofiah's first vocal track "This River" that was later was released on two different albums.
During this time dancing with the Limon Company Sofiah discovered the work of Anna Halprin, and shortly there after returned to the States to study The Life/Art Process and Ritual Dance under Anna and her daughter Daria at The Tamalpa Institute. The Life/Art Process added yet another dimension to the evolution of her movement based work.
On a 2005 Sofiah traveled to New Zealand Sofiah truly discovered her voice. She met AJ Hickling and recorded a series of beautiful vocal tracks. She also performed as a vocalist and dancer with Diwata at Parihaka, the first ever Maori peace festival in New Zealand.