Sophia Ndaba

DMC Founding Member

Sophia is a graduate of the McDonald College of Performing Arts and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), qualified with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. Her credits include performing for Shaun Parker & Company, La Fura Dels Baus & Opera Australia, Force Majeure, Ensemble Offspring, Britta Lieberknecht & Company and Australian independent choreographers Melanie Lane, Sara Black, Victoria Hunt, Martin Del Amo and Anton.

After moving to Berlin in 2016, Sophia joined electronic artist Clark’s world tour of Death Peak Live (2016-2018), DJ Bobo’s Kaleidoluna European tour (2019) and Lena Meyer Landrut’s Only Love European tour (2019). She danced in large-scale on-screen productions X Factor Germany, season 1 and 2 of The Masked Singer Germany and season 3 of Netflix series, Babylon Berlin.

Sophia’s choreographic work began with the Dance Makers Collective in 2012. Since then, she has been commissioned by Berlin theatre, Ballhaus Naunynstrasse for her solo work, In The Light of a Shadow. She choreographed TVCs for Best & Less, Virgin Australia and more recently for Sky TNT’s new TV series – PARA Wir sind King. Sophia has enjoyed making short works for The McDonald College’s Senior Contemporary dance program, WAAPA’s First Year students and has recently completed a new commission for Ev and Bow Full Time Training Centre. She is the recipient of one of Critical Path’s 2022 space grants whereby she seeded the beginning research and development for a new ensemble work for film.

Sophia’s choreographic practice is concerned with universal resonance. By looking into what is common in our human experience as inspiration she builds relationship, meaning and story between bodies in space working to give the audience a deeply felt experience.