Sophia Wyzgowski, TCRG
Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Sophia Wyzgowski, TCRG, started dancing at the age of 12. Her first teacher was Heather McElligott Sparks, TCRG, who was the first to set flame to her passion for Irish dance. When Heather moved out east she started dancing under two-time World Champion and lead Riverdancer Michael Patrick Gallagher, ADCRG. She then transferred to the Celtic Dance Academy where she started teaching and training under Sarah Allison Houghtelin, TCRG. Sarah and Sophia remain close friends to this day. In 2011 Sarah and Riverdancer Darren Maguire, ADCRG, decided to merge schools under the Maguire Academy of Irish Dance. Sophia taught and trained under them until 2012 when she
made her journey to Michigan. She danced with the Goggin-Carroll School of Irish Dance until injury forced her into early retirement from competition.
Sophia brings with her years of experience in the Irish dance world, both competitively and professionally. As a former Champion and Ceili team dancer, she has traveled the nation collecting numerous awards. She performed and co-directed, alongside Director and choreographer Sarah Allison Houghtelin, for her original production of An Irish Nutcracker in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2013, after Sarah’s retirement, Sophia acquired the show and put on its first Michigan production in 2015. In November of 2012, Sophia received her TCRG with the World Irish Dance Association (W.I.D.A) having successfully passed the exams with honors.
Sophia has a deep passion for this culturally rich form of dance and music. She has a drive for competition and a love for the performing arts. Through her dancers, audiences all over the world have been entertained by her intricate and whimsical choreography and productions. Her goal is to inspire her dancers and fill them with the same passion, giving them the courage and tools to achieve their greatest ambitions. She takes great pride in her role as an Irish dance instructor. Through her teacher training program, she hopes that her students will carry on Ireland’s history and culture through Irish dance as certified instructors in their own right.