Sophie Bress is a multimedia arts and culture journalist based in Southern California and Salt Lake City, Utah. She is currently a contributing writer with Dancing Astronaut.
In her writing, she focuses on placing the arts within our cultural conversations and recognizing art makers as essential elements of our societal framework. Her specific areas of interest include dance, dance music, social justice, subcultures, and the outdoors, though she loves that journalism gives her the freedom to be curious and learn about almost anything.
In 2020, Sophie graduated from the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism with an M.A. in Arts Journalism. In her Master's thesis, she detailed the activism work and history of Los Angeles-based dance company CONTRA-TIEMPO, and received grant funding for travel and reporting related to this project. Prior to completing her Master's, Sophie earned her B.A. in Dance with an English Minor in Journalism from Loyola Marymount University.
Though her career and studies have led her to spend a great deal of time behind her desk, Sophie is a big believer in the importance of movement. A trained dancer since age 3, she has recently performed works by notable choreographers such as Stephanie Zaletel and Ana Maria Alvarez. She is also a registered yoga teacher (RYT) who has experience teaching private and group workshops. In 2018 and 2019, Sophie was a volunteer children's yoga teacher at Marina del Rey Middle School in Los Angeles. In her free time, Sophie can be found reading, attending music festivals and concerts, or playing with her dog, Pluto.
What is something you gained from the LMU Dance Program that is still with you today?
My time at LMU dance introduced me to new ways of thinking about the world and my place in it. I found myself looking forward to the dance reviews we were required to write for technique classes, which opened me up to the idea of myself as an arts journalist. My background as a dancer — and the creative thinking that was fostered at LMU dance — have helped me immensely in my career.
What creative projects are you currently involved in?
Since I graduated with my Master’s in Arts Journalism from USC this spring, I’ve been working as a freelance journalist. I’m currently working on several articles for Dance Magazine, as well as my daily job as a staff writer for top dance music publication Dancing Astronaut. I am also awaiting publication on a profile of recent LMU grad Kiera Breaugh, which I wrote for West LA-based arts and culture magazine The Argonaut.
How is dance meaningful to you, and how has it influenced your artistic goals?
Dance is meaningful to me because it has instilled within me a discipline and drive to reach my goals, creativity to stand out, and a community where I will always belong. Though I chose not to pursue performance, I am still a dancer at heart and I find it so special that I can turn to dance wherever I am in the world to find a community that will welcome me.