Sonya Kuropatwa

I’m A choreography-craving, Sanskrit-spouting, director of dance

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YEARS AT BUCK'S ROCK: 25 summers, all as staff.

CURRENT POSITION: Director of Dance

HOMETOWN: Atlanta, GA

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU'RE NOT AT BUCK'S ROCK? I’m a Yoga Teacher, I facilitate Yoga Teacher Trainings, I choreograph, and I raise a 13 year old Buck’s Rocker!

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP? Dance teacher and choreographer.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? Sushi.

FAVORITE THINGS TO DO: Laugh, dance, teach, move, sing, meditate, and share my quirky outlook with anyone willing to tolerate it.

FAVORITE SAYING: Be who you needed when you were younger.

FAVORITE BUCK'S ROCK SHOP: The Dance Studio, with LSD (Lighting & Sound Design) as a distant but beloved 2nd place.

LITTLE-KNOWN FACT: I have very mild synesthesia (number/color and auditory/visual).

WEIRDEST PERSONAL TALENT: I can find a metaphor or analogy in pretty much any mundane thing.

BEST PART OF YOUR JOB: Being a rung on the ladder of a dancer’s rise to success. Rehearsals are where that happens, by the way. What happens on stage is only a peek through the window of the entirety of their experience.

FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR: Green tea.

PROUDEST MOMENT: I get very Professor Slugworth-y about former students who go on to make good on their talents. I brag obnoxiously, but I can’t help it... because current and former Buck’s Rockers are *always* making good on their talents.

FAVORITE CARTOON THEME SONG: Animaniacs.

WHERE IS YOUR HAPPY PLACE: Anywhere fellow Buck’s Rockers gather. Two months out of the year, that’s the Buck’s Rock campus. In the other 10 months, the spirit of the place goes where our citizens go.

SECRET AMBITION: To sing at Staff On Stage.

OBSESSION: The West Wing.

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