She takes chances and creates to express herself. "Perfect" is not her goal. Through dance, she's also learned to take risks.
"This has allowed me to improve so much in dance and in life," Sophie said.
Sophie was awarded Titans Force at Titans of Dance. She'll embark on a new adventure this dance season traveling with Titans of Dance to different cities, where she will assist with dance classes.
"I am so excited to work with the incredible faculty at Titans and to meet so many new dancers and friends," she said.
Sophie has met many of her closest friends through dance and values the bond that dance creates. She loves to travel and make new connections and is grateful for the past and upcoming opportunities to do so.
She appreciates how lessons learned in dance apply to her life outside of dance.
Sophie has memorized pi to 75 digits and has challenged herself to get to 100. She collects small things like "rocks, shells, small figurines, you name it."
She also loves animals so much that she's written several persuasive pieces to her parents to get additional pets.
"At this time, we still only have a dog," she said. "I guess I need to work on my skills of persuasion."
#dfm_logophotocontest photo shoot with stark photo productions
In June, Sophie was one of our winners of #DFM_logophotocontest - in which we asked dancers to post photos inspired by our logo. One of her prizes for her photo entry was a free photo shoot with Chris Stark of Stark Photo Productions. Here are a few of the photos they created during that session.
"Dance is who I am," Peyton said. "I think dancers reading this will understand what I mean by this. Dance is my life so it shapes and impacts everything about who I am and what I am. I wake up thinking about dance and when I go to bed I dream about dance. Dance is my passion, my life style and a dream I get to live daily."
Because of dance, Peyton has been able to travel the world. Her first trip with her studio was to Montreal. Since then, she's traveled a lot through the Southeast, East and West Coast. More recently, she trained in Paris, London and Copenhagen.
Modeling has also become an extension of dance that provides her with a creative outlet.
"I have been photographed by some of the ballet photographers in the industry," Peyton said.
She stresses the importance of paving your own way through dance.
"Dance is your own journey, no one elses'. I did the summer intensives that I thought would benefit me, not the ones all my friends where going to," she said. "I took time before and after class to stretch and work on things versus being the social butterfly in the halls.
"I really worked on me on a daily basis. It is okay to work on you and stay in your own dance lane."