Meet New ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Professional Dancer Sofia Ghavami
Dancing With The Stars has introduced two new professional dancers to this season. While these new pros won’t be paired with a celebrity partner, they will be on-set weekly as back ups, and will stun with some solo performances throughout the show. Sofia Ghavami may be new to DWTS, but this pro isn’t new to dancing competition shows.
On September 26, Cheryl Burke shared to her Instagram reels that she has tested positive for Covid-19. Even though this is earth-shattering news, the show must go on for her celebrity partner, Cody Rigsby. If Rigsby tests negative before next week’s episode, he will be dancing along with DWTS newcomer Ghavami until Cheryl recovers.
Ghavami recently graduated from Florida International University and is ready to bring her all into this competition. This up and comer competed on So You Think You Can Dance, performed during Univison’s Mira Quien Baila, and has even acted in a few film roles.
Up until this point, she and fellow newcomer, Ezra Sosa, have been dancing together in the full-cast dance numbers on the show. Even though both Sosa and Ghavami are new to Dancing With The Stars, it’s not their first time meeting. Both of these dancers competed in season 16 of So You Think You Can Dance.
When they’re not rehearsing group numbers, they have been prepping to step in in case something happens to one of the other professional dancers. Although Ghavami has been trained in a variety of dances, Latin Ballroom is her absolute favorite.
What Did She do Before Dancing With The Stars?
Right before Dancing With The Stars, Ghavami was on tour with some of the biggest names in the DWTS family. She was a part of the MVP Confidential tour with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Valentin Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd. She also is seen dancing with Jenna Johnson in an Instagram video from April.
Even though it’s her first season on Dancing With The Stars, it’s not her first time on a show with the same premise. Before DWTS she was on Univison’s Mira Quien Baila. The show itself is said to have a similar premise as the British show, Strictly Come Dancing as well as Dancing With The Stars.
In this series, Ghavami was a professional partner. The biggest difference between the two shows is the fact that celebrities change partners in Mira Quien Baila. This difference seemed to be on of Ghavami’s favorite parts of the competition.
“I also think it’s really interesting to figure out what teaching method works or what counting method work, some people like words, some people like noises or counts,” she explained. “So it’s interesting to see how little differences work better or worse with different people. But the cool part about this show is that they’re also invested in it. You work together to figure out the best way to make them shine.”
This show helped the veteran dancer in terms of her choreography. With a different team member each week, she had to figure out how they learn before they went in front of the in house audience. She says that this show pushed her to show what she’s got in terms of choreography.