Sonia Nazzer began her adventure in dance as a precocious and confident 5 year old. Tap Dance, Ballet, and Rhythmic Gymnastics were her first creative outlets, later moving to a love for Jazz dance, drama and hip hop. Throughout her childhood she performed regional and national competitions and placed highly, often winning scholarship awards for her efforts. But what she gained most beyond recognition, was the confidence that mastering and fine tuning a skill brings to a person. It was this confidence gained from the skills learnt throughout her years of performing arts training combined with a deep rooted passion to serve children in need, that led Sonia to make the move to live in Bogota Colombia and serve a small local school volunteering her time for two years to teach 1st and 2nd Grade students. Sonia was able to develop her passion for teaching in a hands on gritty real environment. It takes much patience and devotion to communicate lovingly and effectively with children who can’t speak the same language as you, or who come from the same background. This cross cultural educational experience as a young woman set Sonia up to know she had what it takes to impact and make a difference in each young life she touches. In 2007 Sonia moved to Hong Kong with her young family and set up Academy of Jazz. Researching the very best in syllabi and being mentored by top choreographer and owner of the Asia Pacific Dance Association Corinne Yee meant Sonia was able to bring to Hong Kong something cutting edge in Dance education. A Jazz and Hip Hop syllabi that truly represents and combines the best of what is on offer. Her flagship store in Ma On Shan has seen 4 students gaining international scholarships by gaining the highest grades in their Jazz dance examinations, achieving a 100% pass rate in all student examinations be it jazz, hip hop, ballet or musical theatre and drama. And even gaining 100% in musical theatre examinations. With a strong belief in the power of dance as a creative and educational tool Sonia has also led numerous workshops throughout Hong Kong and in schools and provides dance in many international schools. Expanding to 3 fully equipped custom designed dance studios in 2017 has allowed more students to experience the Academy of Jazz dance pedagogy and benefit from it. Sonia is excited to be bringing dance and mastery of the arts to Hong Kong’s finest and brightest students through the development of Academy of Jazz Conservatory.