I was born and raised in Kensington Market. I started out as a flamenco dancer and branched into contemporary dance theatre.

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My name is Sophie Gudino. I’m a Toronto-based dancer. I’ve lived here my whole life. I was born and raised in Kensington Market. I started out as a flamenco dancer and branched into contemporary dance theatre. I have worked all across the city and met my painter today, Natasha, two years ago at a gallery art show opening where she painted another model. When I saw the work that she did I was so amazed because I had never been to an art gallery that also had live body painting, and it was like seeing art come to life and I really, really wanted to experience it. So the next gallery show that that particular gallery did, the Super Wonder Gallery, I volunteered to model for her and this is my second time with her. Today has been really, really remarkable. It’s been a lot of a longer process, we’ve been doing this for six hours now, the painting, so I’m tired but I’m excited. This is Circus North so it’s a collective of circus artists from all over the world coming together to raise funds for the Canadian Diabetes Association.

-How is the weather treating you today?

-Oh geez. It was sunny but now it’s cold so I have a feeling I’m going to be very cold later in the parade but it’ll be worth it.

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