Serena Søvdsnes, originally from Cincinnati, began her ballet training with Claudia Rudolph Barrett. At age ten she was awarded the Bronze Medal at Youth America Grand Prix New York City Finals. In 2011, while a student of Oliver Arana, Søvdsnes won the Youth Grand Prix Award at Youth America Grand Prix and the Silver Medal at the World Ballet Competition. Søvdsnes relocated to Florida in the fall of 2011 to train with Magaly Suarez at the Art of Classical Ballet. While training in Florida, she appeared frequently as a soloist with Florida Classical Ballet. She was also featured in the Young Medalists Gala at the Miami International Ballet Festival in 2011 and 2012. After winning the Gold Medal at Youth America Grand Prix in both 2012 and 2013, Søvdsnes was chosen to dance as a soloist in The Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow Gala and Ballet’s Greatest Hits Gala. In 2013 Søvdsnes joined Boston Ballet II. During her two seasons with BBII, she danced as a member of the corps de ballet in more than 11 full length ballets as well as several contemporary works. Søvdsnes’ was promoted to Corps de Ballet for the 2017-2018 Season.
Somewhere Close to Happiness follows the story of The Broken One, an outsider without a place in society, and The Chosen One, who, despite her sheltered existence, is intrigued by this newcomer.