Sofia started dancing when she was little, studying Ballet for 5 years, then Jazz and Tap Dance. After a hiatus in dance, when she was using up her stamina as a federated swimmer, she tried her first belly dance workshop with Cris Aysel, in 2003, never letting go again. She has had the good fortune of learning with some brilliant dancers and teachers, throughout the world, and is always learning something from her students. Her work with several dance groups and projects, and her own research and taste for the odd, lead her to Tribal Fusion and to ATS® where she found herself at home. She is now a very happy certified ATS® teacher and Sister Studio to FatChance BellyDance®. Parallel to oriental dance, she started studying Hula, with Kumu Hula Rich Pedrina, and the Hawaiian culture soon became another great passion. She learned the basics in beautiful Oahu, Hawaii, and now takes every chance she gets to learn more with her Kumu or other teachers. She also began to study other Polynesian dances, such as Ori Tahiti, and recently had the chance to perfect her technique with Tahia Cambet and Leolani Gallardo, and is currently taking classes with Tiana Guénant. She’s been teaching Hula ‘Auana since late 2007. In December 2016 she fulfilled yet another dream – to study with Kumu Mark Keali’i Ho’omalu, founder of the Academy of Hawaiian Arts, and Kuana Torres Kahele, the brilliant singer, composer and Kumu Hula. Apart from dance, she takes great interest in music, has been a student at the Hotclube de Portugal jazz school and studies Arabic and Polynesian percussions. A psychologist, mother of two girls, and an avid entrepreneur, she is currently mentoring the girls from Altair, an ATS® student troupe, launched Black Dahlia Creations with her "partner in crime" Marisa Gama, opened the Mahtab Dance Studio with her friends Cris Aysel, Silvia Orchidaceae and Veronique Divine and is a co-sponsor of TribaLX.