Nathalie Harrison received a very well deserved promotion at the beginning of this season, and you can see her dancing at the Royal Opera House.
What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ?
Firstly a good cup of tea and during my brisk Bloomsbury walk to work I get into gear and look forward to the day and the week ahead.
Who would you most like to dance with ?
Unfortunately I feel I’ve just missed out on Jonathan Cope – that was always a dream, however last season I had the honour of dancing with Gary Avis. He is one of the most professional and talented people I’ve worked with.
How do you prepare your pointe shoes ?
Reluctantly! I seem to always have a pair only half done. I darn the ends, shellac them, sew ribbons and criss-cross elastics then bash them about before they’re allowed on my feet. I wear my shoes hard.
What is your daily routine at the moment ?
Well, after the aforementioned compulsory cup of tea, I get to work to sort my shoes for the day. Then after our daily class, it’s straight into rehearsals until about 5.30pm. Before the evening show, I’ll try and pop out for food and fresh air and to call my loved ones to say hello. After curtain down, when I’m finally home and sitting in my living room, over a glass of wine I look at the decorating that needs doing in my little flat!
You can ask six famous people to dinner – who would you invite ?
Keith Richards, Tony Benn, Richard Dawkins, Stephen Fry, Mae West and Paul Merton. My boyfriend would cook for us. (He’s famed for his cooking and hospitality.)
What would surprise people about you ?
I’m thinking about doing a history degree. Is that surprising? Although I’m told there’s no future in history….
Who inspired you to dance ?
My family. Growing up in a household with great music playing and their encouragement to explore all possibilities.
How would someone else describe you ?
Chatty, hard-working, generous and impatient.
What is your best piece of advice ?
I believe that the harder you work at something, the greater the reward. Easy achievements aren’t as fulfilling. Most importantly, make the most of every moment. Enjoy it. Live it!
Which role has tested you the most & how ?
Opening night of DGV, dancing the Pas De Deux created for Darcey. One of the best experiences of my life. I was heart-broken to suffer an injured wrist the following week. Dancer unable to dance = unhappy person!
What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you ?
I seem to be a magnet for ‘funny things’ happening to me. There are so many and they’re mostly embarrassing so my lips are sealed.
If you designed your own stage costume, what would you create ?
I love Bakst designs, so I would probably steal from him and mix it with a little Westwood.
Without hesitation, my Dad.
Who would play you in the film of your life ?
Chloë Sevigny or Kate Hudson and the sound-track would have to be the Rolling Stones and Tchaikovsky.
What is your favourite quote ?
Elwood: It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark, and we’re wearing sunglasses.
Jake: Hit it.
(The Blues Brothers)
Do you have a secret skill which no-one knows about ?
I’m not that secretive, and I’m not that skilled. But I’ll work on it and keep you posted!