What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ?
A nice big breakfast!
What are you looking forward to dancing this season ?
Of course it has to be Aurora (from The Sleeping Beauty)!
Who would you most like to dance with ?
My husband (Royal Ballet Principal dancer Federico Bonelli)!
How do you prepare your pointe shoes ?
I make sure that the platforms of my pointe shoes are flat, and I sew around to keep the shape of the platform.
What is your daily routine at the moment ?
I wake up at 8am, around 9:45 floor barre to warm up , 10:30 class, 12:00 to 18:30 rehearsals…
You can ask six famous people to dinner – who would you invite ?
Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay, Joel Rebouchon, Alain Ducasse, Heston Blumenthal, Marco Pierre White. And of course they would cook for me!!
What would surprise people about you ?
When I was a little girl, I was a bit of a tomboy. I played football, rugby and basketball.
Who inspired you to dance ?
There are many good dancers who each inspire me in different ways.
How would someone else describe you ?
What is your best piece of advice ?
Eat well, don’t give up!!
Which role has tested you the most & how ?
Gamzatti, (from La Bayadère). It was not only a dancing role, it was an acting role too.
If you designed your own stage costume, what would you create ?
I would need to be inspired by the music and the dancers before creating a costume.
What are you most proud of ?
I am proud of being a professional ballet dancer.
Who would play you in the film of your life ?
What is your favourite quote ?
“The ballet is a purely female thing; it is a woman, a garden of beautiful flowers, and man is the gardener” (by George Balanchine)
Do you have a ‘signature step’ – one that comes naturally to you ?
No, everything in ballet is hard!!!!
A phrase I use far too often is … ?
“I don’t know!”
Do you have a secret skill which no-one knows about ?
Yes…It is a secret….