Aubrey Sonnendecker

Hometown: Fuquay-Varina, N.C.
Bachelor of Arts in Dance; Bachelor of Science in Marketing

Give a little general information about yourself: How did you become interested in dance? How old were you when you began dancing?

My mom introduced me to my first dance class when I was three, but I don’t think I officially started regularly attending a class until I was five. I grew up dancing at Main Street dance studio, training mostly in ballet, tap, and jazz and performing at local competitions and town festivals.

One of the most inspiring moments for me was watching River Dance when they came and performed in Raleigh. After watching the performance and hearing the rhythms created by their feet, I absolutely fell in love with tap. I’d love to eventually take an Irish step dancing class to learn a little of what I witnessed.

What kind of career do you hope to have?

My career plans have been constantly fluctuating as of late. With graduation just around the corner I have had a difficult time choosing which path to take. I hope to have a career that allows me to stay close to dance and the arts, but whether that is performing with a company, working in the marketing department for a company, or starting a business of my own, is still uncertain. I am one to take advantage of opportunities as they come, and I am excited to see what opportunities arise as the year goes on.

What is your favorite thing about UNC Charlotte, the College of Arts + Architecture, or the dance department?

My favorite thing about the dance department is the people. My peers, the professors, and the guest artists have all helped challenge me and have provided me with unforgettable experiences in the dance field.

Getting to perform in New York, at the 10th anniversary of the College of Arts + Architecture, at American College Dance Association, and the North Carolina Dance Educators conference were highly rewarding experiences, all made possible by the people who have helped make the department so great.

When you are not in class, studying, working or rehearsing, what do you like to do for fun?

I love to swim which is great – good exercise and fun. I love to read - I am currently reading “Year of Yes” by Shonda Rhimes. I love to cook. I love being outdoors - hiking, camping, surfing. But mostly I love to drink coffee and catch up with my friends. Life can get so busy between school, work, and rehearsals that it is nice to just sit and chat with good people for a little while.