DANCING ALL THE WAY TO THE MAT
BY JAYNE MCKAY
PHOTOS BY EMILY WHITAKER
YOU KNOW HOW SOMETIMES YOU MEET SOMEONE FOR THE FIRST TIME who immediately
feels like a good friend? That was my feeling when I first met Sommer Thome, an energetic
and talented Canadian now living in Los Angeles. We met at a gathering of yoga teachers
and students; I was inspired to attend her class and eventually became one of her devotees.
In addition to teaching yoga, Sommer teaches dance and writes a popular blog,
yogawithsommer.com, where she shares ideas for living a greener lifestyle as well as some
of her favorite vegan recipes.
Born in the late 1970s in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Sommer began ballet lessons at the
age of six, but eventually lost interest. When Sommer was eleven, Paula Abdul’s riveting tap
dance in the “Opposites Attract” music video reignited her interest in dancing. Her parents
enrolled her in tap lessons, and soon added jazz, ballet, and hip hop. “I was hooked!"
After graduating from Simon Fraser University, Sommer worked with several contemporary
choreographers and dance companies in Vancouver, including the hybrid butoh-modern
dance company, Kokoro Dance. As the years passed, she spent less time performing and
more time teaching dance.
Her dedication to her students comes naturally. Sommer reflected, “The thing I enjoy most
about teaching dance is the opportunity to be a creative and supportive part of each child’s
development. When I see a shy little person finally able to express themselves freely through
dance, I'm over the moon! On the other end of that spectrum, when I have a bit of a wild