Cupcakes & Conversation with Celisa Diuana, Artist, The Royal Ballet

August 14, 2009

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Cupcakes & conversation with Celisa Diuana, Artist, The Royal Ballet

Celisa Diuana, Photo : Bob Moore

Photo : Bob Moore

What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ?
Everyday gives you new challenges. These challenges give me motivation to start the week every Monday morning.

Who would you most like to dance with ?
Among all male ballet stars, Carlos Acosta is definitely one that I’d love to dance with; he’s such an amazing dancer and person.

How do you prepare your pointe shoes ?
After sewing the ribbons and elastics I like to cut the satin off the end of my pointe shoes, then I shave with a Stanley knife and scratch the sole (on the outside of the shoe). It takes me half an hour. If I don’t have the time to do all that to my pointe shoes, I can still dance in them but it doesn’t feel as good!

What is your daily routine at the moment ?
At the moment I’m on holiday. But my daily routine at the Royal Opera House starts at 10.30 with a company class for one hour and 15 minutes. Then rehearsals starts at 12 and go on till 5.30 when I have a performance on that evening then the show starts at 7.30, or 6.30 when I don’t have a performance. So on my break I’d have something to eat at the Opera House canteen, it’s always nice to catch up with some friends that I work with or sometimes I like to go out to get some fresh air.

You can ask six famous people to dinner – who would you invite ?
Johnny Depp, Woody Allen, Lula (Brazilian president), George Balanchine (if he was alive) Sylvie Guillem and HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

What would surprise people about you ?
I love watching cartoons.


Photo : Ryoichi Hirano

Who inspired you to dance ?
I have had many people who have inspired me since very early until now. One of them was Lesley Collier dancing ‘La Fille Mal Gardèe’ on a video lent by a friend from my ballet class in Rio de Janeiro when I was about 11 years old.

How would someone else describe you ?
Well…people say that I’m generous, reserved, kind, fun and good company.

What is your best piece of advice ?
Always do something that you love or if you don’t love what you do try to find ways of loving it!

Which role has tested you the most & how ?
The 3rd shade solo in ‘La Bayadère’. It was the most scary experience that I ever had on stage because after a hard (technically and stamina wise) entrée, I had to do a technically very difficult solo and then the coda. I really enjoyed it after the first show. It was worth taking the challenge.

What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you ?
There are many funny things that have happened to me on stage. One of them was falling off a knee seat on stage during the waltz in Act One in last season’s Swan Lake. I was completely on the floor with legs in the air. I couldn’t stop laughing till the end of the dance.

If you designed your own stage costume, what would you create ?
I love pretty costumes. I’d design something simple but pretty like a classical tutu with pearls and sparkles like diamonds and glitter. Also it needs to be flexible so that it wouldn’t restrict my movement.

What are you most proud of ?
My father.

Who would play you in the film of your life ?
Audrey Hepburn.

What is your favourite quote ?
You make a better world by making yourself a better person.

Do you have a secret skill which no-one knows about ?
I bake a carrot cake as my specialty; I usually bake it for my friend’s birthdays.

Celisa Diuana Autograph

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23 Responses to “Cupcakes & Conversation with Celisa Diuana, Artist, The Royal Ballet”

  1. Tales From My Empty Nest Says:

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I used to take dancing as a child and I really enjoyed it. I took tap and ballet. Have a wonderful weekend. Love & blessings from NC!

  2. Cheryl Says:

    Thank you for your very kind comment on my blog. Your blog is so beautiful, it is a work of art. I enjoyed this article very much (and the cupcakes too)! How lucky you are to do this work, something you love so much.Enjoy your weekend.Cheryl

  3. OceanDreams Says:

    Wonderful blog! I love Audrey Hepburn and ballet costumes as well, I used to take ballet when I was a little girl.Thanks for stopping by my blog, enjoy your weekend!

  4. parkaveprincess Says:

    Thank you for the comment 🙂 You have a lovely blog.

  5. Jules Says:

    You have a truly wonderful career, Elise. Ballet is so enchanting. I used to dance, but I went up on point too early and sort of fell to the side. It must be wonderful to see and speak with such talented dancers. Thanks for the comment, I look forward to reading more of your entries.-Jules

  6. Erica Leigh Says:

    thank you so much for visiting my blog! your comment was very sweet and it made my day (really!).your blog is quite wonderful. i always loved the idea of ballet and wanted to take it when i was a child, but didn't get the chance to until high school. and i loved it! i hope to take some more classes again soon. <3

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Happy Birthday Celisa !!!! Great interview by the way… have a great day in the sun

  8. Anonymous Says:

    Really enjoyed this brilliant interview. What a charming young lady. I will be following her now that I know more about her… thank you

  9. Anonymous Says:

    Hey birthday girl – have a great one. Good interview – well done !

  10. Tali Schiffer Says:

    Cool blog! I loved ballet when I was a kid! I used to dream of being a ballerina… that dream went away a long time ago…Thanks for finding my blog, and for your great comment! Hope you'll visit my blog in the future 🙂

  11. vicki archer Says:

    A wonderful interview, thank you. xv

  12. **Star Says:

    Thank you so much for the wonderful comment…Your blog is gorgeous!

  13. Nathalie Says:

    Thank you, Elisa, for visiting my blog. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! You have a lovely blog here. Ballet is such a beautiful dance, I wish I had learned it when I was younger. Now, I'm afraid it's too late for me. I'll be following you.Beijos!

  14. PonderandStitch Says:

    Hi there! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog-I'm still so thrilled that anyone reads it! Your blog is lovely, as well. Don't all little girls grow up wantint to be ballerinas? So beautiful!

  15. Debra Says:

    Happy, Happy Birthday. Thank you for the sweet comment on my blog. I just went back and read many of your posts- FABULOUS! I'll be back. Have a great evening and rest of the weekend.

  16. A Spoonful Of Sugar Says:

    What a great interview – it gives some insight into the life of a ballerina. My 17 year old niece is planning a career in ballet. So much dedication is required.

  17. girl, inspired Says:

    Hi Elise!Thank you for the lovely compliments on my blog. You are so sweet! Your blog is great too- the photos of all the ballerinas are beautiful.Have a great weekend!

  18. Kristin Says:

    What a beautiful interview. I've always been in awe of dancers.

  19. Jennnn Says:

    Thank you so much for your wonderful comment! It really made my day 🙂 Your site is very inspirational and it makes me really wish I did ballet when my mom offered to get me lessons as a child..

  20. ols1 Says:

    Thank you very much for your kind words on my blog. I am relatively new to blogging and it just amazes me that there is so much talent out there. Your blog is beautiful. I have always admired dancing in many forms – but ballet is an art form. Love the cupcake photo 🙂

  21. Shaylen Maxwell Says:

    Wow, I am always in awe of ballet dancers. The effortless grace captured in the pictures is enchanting. And the interview was very interesting. I used to dance myself, but never ballet, just tap, jazz and hip hop. I'm so jealous. And thank you so much for stopping by my blog & saying such lovely things. I'm glad you like the posts and pictures!

  22. Giselle S. Says:

    It's nice to see how far this wonderful lady has gone… I'm very proud of her! I danced with Celisa when we were children and adolescents. We all knew that she was a star already since then! As she said, she's always been kind, reserved and talented! All the best Celisa. Giselle from EEDMO

  23. Anne Says:

    Lovely interview. I was particularly interested to hear what most tested her and to see her reaction to falling off a seat on stage. Real insights into the life of a dancer!