Cupcakes and Conversation with Yosvani Ramos, Principal, The Australian Ballet
What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ?
I make myself a double espresso coffee every morning as soon as I wake up. Couldn’t function without it!
Why ballet ?
There’s nothing else I’d rather do.
Who would you most like to dance with & what would you dance ?
My ex partner at English National Ballet Fernanda Oliveira; and I’d love to dance Manon with her.
If you could dance anywhere in the world (not only in a theatre), where would you dance ?
Back in Cuba – I haven’t been able to dance there since I left in 1997.
What is your daily routine at the moment ?
I always do a bit of Pilates before ballet class these days. It prevents old injuries from coming back and I start the day feeling better.
What do you eat during the course of a typical working day ?
Most days I have soup for lunch and I nibble on nuts and cereal bars during the day.
How do you prepare in the hours before a show ?
Wholemeal pasta with tuna for lunch followed by a nap, then a shower and I head to the theatre.
What are you looking forward to dancing in 2012 ?
Since the year is almost done, I’ll tell you what I’m looking forward to dancing most for 2013, and that is Nureyev’s Don Quixote with The Australian Ballet.
How do you deal with the stresses of performing ?
I try to do normal things that are not related to ballet!
You can ask six famous people to dinner – who would you invite ?
Oprah, Celine Dion, Matt Boomer, Leona Lewis, President Obama and my friend Dannii Minogue.
What would surprise people about you ?
That I’m actually quite shy.
Who inspired you to dance ?
How would someone else describe you ?
That’s a tough one. I hope they’d say that I’m a caring person.
What is your best piece of advice ?
Stay true to yourself.
Which role has tested you the most & how ?
Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake. It’s a modern take of it with the most intricate partnering I’ve ever done.
What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you ?
Can’t tell you…
If you designed your own stage costume, what would you create ?
Something really easy and comfortable to dance in with a low neck line.
A phrase I use far too often is …
Who would play you in the film of your life ?
They probably haven’t been born yet cos right now I’m too young to have a movie of my life made!
What is your favourite quote?
Everything happens for a reason.
What’s on your iPod ?
Lots of pop music.
Who would you most like to dance for, and why?
American Ballet Theatre. They have a great rep and I’d love to live in New York.
What makes you a good dance partner ?
I’d like to believe I’m a kind and generous person and I always treat my partners with respect.
Do you have a secret skill which no one knows about ?
Describe yourself in just three words.
Caring, passionate and stubborn.
In terms of your ballet career, where would you like to be this time next year ?
Dancing, healthy and happy.
What is your exit strategy, for the time when you stop dancing, and how did you plan it ?
I’ve always liked teaching and also choreographing. I’d love to eventually direct a ballet company. I’ve always known this.