In their special 40th anniversary year, Scottish Ballet has received an exceptional birthday present from Clarence House: a Royal Patronage from HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay.
Scottish Ballet begin their sparkling 40th Anniversary tour featuring George Balanchine’s Rubies, alongside Krzysztof Pastor’s In Light and Shadow and new to the repertoire, William Forsythe’s Workwithinwork, and can be tomorrow in London (and until Saturday) at Sadlers Wells, and Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness through October.
What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ?
My 13 month old daughter who is sunshine in my life and gets me going early every morning. Also need a good big cup of coffee !
Who would you most like to dance with ?
Strong and smart partners.
How do you prepare your pointe shoes ?
I use Bloch pointe shoes, so I need to hammer them quite a bit and then I sew elastics and ribbons and wear them for class.
What is your daily routine at the moment ?
From 7am until 9 I’m a busy Mum getting everything ready for the day. Between 10am and 6pm I’m concentrating on my work, rehearsing three ballets for our autumn season. From 6.30pm until 9 is family time. By 11pm I’m dead and need my bed.
You can ask six famous people to dinner – who would you invite ?
George Clooney, Helen Mirren, Jamie Oliver
What would surprise people about you ?
I make a mean rhubarb crumble cake.
Who inspired you to dance ?
Seeing Swan Lake when I was five years old, so Odette probably.
How would someone else describe you ?
Outgoing, funny and direct … and a little bit of madness for a spice !
What is your best piece of advice ?
Treat people how you would like to be treated !
Which role has tested you the most & how ?
Most of Balanchine’s repertory because of the speed and style of the movement.
If you designed your own stage costume, what would you create ?
A beautiful empire line dress, floaty and light.
What are you most proud of ?
My daughter and my husband, and my family in Estonia !
Who would play you in the film of your life ?
Nicole Kidman, thank you very much !
What is your favourite quote ?
“What doesn’t kill you…makes you stronger.”
Do you have a secret skill which no-one knows about ?
I went to Glasgow School of Art and can make beautiful ceramic pots and tableware from scratch.