Cupcakes & Conversation with Lauren Rogers, Soloist, Cape Town City Ballet
What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ?
Some kind of errand I have to do before getting to work.
Why ballet ?
I’ve been doing ballet since I was 3yrs old, and it’s a passion of mine that never stops growing.
What are you looking forward to dancing this year ?
Our triple bill season coming up in October. We are doing Macmillan’s Solitaire, Graduation Ball, and Adele Blanks’ contemporary piece Mad Dogs.
Who would you most like to dance with & what would you dance ?
I would love to dance with Roberto Bolle and perform Carmen. It’s one role I would absolutely love to do.
If you could dance anywhere in the world (not only in a theatre), where would you dance ?
If I could dance anywhere, it would have to be with NDT performing a Jiri Kylian piece.
How do you prepare your pointe shoes ?
I wear Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, so there is not much preparing I need to do besides making sure my ribbons and elastics are sewn securely and that I dry them out daily.
What is your daily routine at the moment ?
I wake up pretty early and do my morning routine at home, and I like to get to work early too so I can stretch, do a Pilates/ab workout and prepare for the day ahead of class and rehearsals until 6pm.
What do you eat during the course of a typical working day ?
I make sure I have a good breakfast like oats with cranberries or All Bran. For lunch depending on how I feel I will have fruit and yoghurt or a low GI sandwich and then I enjoy cooking a nice dinner when I get home. Most importantly though I make sure I drink a lot of water throughout the day.
You can ask six famous people to dinner – who would you invite ?
Darcey Bussell, Ellen Degeneres, Steve Carell, Carlos Acosta, Tina Fey and Lesley Pearse.
What would surprise people about you ?
How organised I am.
Who inspired you to dance ?
There hasn’t been one particular person but many who I have learnt something from and who inspired me to improve my dancing.
What is your best piece of advice ?
Positive energy in and negative energy out, and to have as much fun as possible in all you do.
How do you prepare in the hours before a show ?
My colleagues laugh, but I get to the theatre really early. And I do my make-up and hair with loads of time to spare. I guess it’s just my way of feeling prepared. I take my time warming up and just try to relax and get into the moment.
How do you deal with the stress of performing ?
I think I have to constantly remind myself that it’s not worth stressing over something you love doing. If you work hard, you can only do your best.
Which role has tested you the most & how ?
I think when I did Giselle, I got put into the role with only 2 weeks to prepare for it. So to gain the stamina and take in every detail of the character while still trying to make it my own was quite challenging.
If you were asked to design your own ballet costume, what would you create ?
Something simplistic. Something easy to move in, comfortable and flattering.
What do you look for in a dance partner ?
Someone who is strong physically and mentally. Someone who is confident, can calm me when I need it and someone who I can laugh with.
What is your favourite quote ?
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Do you have a ‘signature step’ – one that comes naturally to you ?
I don’t really have a signature step, but I love to turn and jump. Any step that’s challenging.
A phrase I use far too often is … ?
Really or OK.
What’s been your best on-stage moment so far ?
When I performed the Scheherazade pas de deux. I had just torn my hamstring but I really wanted to perform it. When I heard the applause from the audience I knew it was worth doing it.
Do you have a secret skill which no-one knows about ?
Not really. I am quite a good cook though.
In terms of your ballet career, where would you like to be in a year from now ?
Doing more principal roles and being healthy and injury free.
If you could dance in front of anyone, who would it be and what makes them special to you?
My gran who lives in Wales; she has never seen me dance before. And it would really be special for her to watch.
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