Cupcakes & Conversation with Tara-Brigitte Bhavnani, First Artist, The Royal Ballet

August 21, 2009

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Cupcakes & conversation with Tara-Brigitte Bhavnani, First Artist, The Royal Ballet

Tara-Brigitte Bhavnani

What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ?
Knowing that I’m able to be a part of one of the best companies in the world, performing to the most incredible audiences, surrounded by such nice people…

Who would you most like to dance with ?
Carlos Acosta (sorry Charlotte), Federico Bonelli (sorry Hikaru)

How do you prepare your pointe shoes ?

I sew on ribbons and elastics, then I begin a ritual of ….haha, just joking…


What is your daily routine at the moment ?
At the moment anything goes! We are presently on holiday, but there’s usually a swim at some point during the day.

You can ask six famous people to dinner – who would you invite ?
Unfortunately a couple of them are no longer with us, but I think I’d invite Mahatma Gandhi, Michael Jackson, Karen Kain, Barack Obama, my boyfriend and someone funny like Jack Black. I think that’s a good mix, eh?

What would surprise people about you ?
I’ve been doing an annual 5km swimathon for the past eight years, raising money for charity. It always falls in March or April, in the thick of our season, so there’s no training involved. In fact I usually haven’t swum since August of the year before!

Tara in Mayerling

Tara in Mayerling

Who inspired you to dance ?
Initially it was simply the joy of dance from when I was very young (and still is of course). Then when I began to learn a bit more about ballet and all throughout my training, it was Karen Kain who inspired me to dance. Now I think Sorella Englund is such an inspiration to so many dancers including myself – she’s an incredibly beautiful artist and person, inside and out, and has so much to give.

How would someone else describe you ?
The way someone else would describe me is probably very different from the way I would describe myself, so you better ask someone else!

What is your best piece of advice ?
Many people take so much for granted nowadays. I wish that they/we could learn from people who have so little… They manage to do so much and be so happy.

Which role has tested you the most & how ?
I was only understudying it, but I’d have to say the Queen of the Wilis (from Giselle). An adagio solo with millions of bourrées, back to back with several allegro solos of all types – all the while looking poised, elegant but evil, and in complete command of the forest and Wilis…

What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you ?
I don’t know actually…I laugh too much everyday to be able to narrow it down to one thing.

Tara-Brigitte Bhavnani, Arabian Masterclass

If you designed your own stage costume, what would you create ?
I’m afraid that’s top secret right now…

What are you most proud of ?
At the moment, I’d have to say my boyfriend. He’s helped thousands of Africans have better lives, amongst many other incredible things…

Who would play you in the film of your life ?
When the time is right, I think you better ask the casting director and then I’ll ‘okay’ her (or not)…

Tara-Brigitte-Bhavnani, Photo : Roger Stayte

Photo : Roger Stayte

What is your favourite quote ?
I’ve got many, but here’s one of my favourites, by Mother Teresa:
“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”

Do you have a secret skill which no-one knows about ?
I do have a secret balletic skill which I do on pointe, but I wouldn’t be doing it justice if I described here – you have to see it for yourself 😉

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69 Responses to “Cupcakes & Conversation with Tara-Brigitte Bhavnani, First Artist, The Royal Ballet”

  1. denise Says:

    WOW im so happy that you like my blog! :)i didnt thought that someone would actually read it, haha!!your blog is really interesting as well and i will read some things as soon as i can because i dont really have time atm.thank you for writing to me !!xx.denise

  2. phonelady Says:

    wow this girl pictured is absoloutly beautifull and when she dances I can only imagine what she looks like . I love your blog I learn so much about ballet .

  3. Lemon Shortbread Says:

    Thank you for your kind comments again! Am honored that you like my blog =) Your blog is great too and so nice to learn about dancers from interviews and with a lovely selection of photos. Know nothing about dancing but my sister takes ballet lessons though!

  4. Nefertari Says:

    Hi, I've just tag you for an award on my blog!! 🙂 i really like your blog!

  5. Winklepots Says:

    Those photos are simply stunning and what a great interview!And thank you, Elise, for leaving such a kind comment on my blog. I haven't been very motivated to write lately and wondered if anyone would even notice. Thank you for renewing my blogging spirit. :o)

  6. Says:

    Beautiful is all i can say .. the elegance in the piks took my heart away … loved ur blog … n thank you so much for droppin by … it gave me the opportunity to visit ur blog … thank u 🙂

  7. brion ferguson Says:

    The world is a better place with someone like you in it

  8. Sweet CuddleCakes Says:

    Well, thank you for stopping by- I'm glad you enjoyed it! What a uniques angle this is for a blog! Nice…Have a great weekend!

  9. 62 Cards - Sammye Jo Says:

    WOW- what wonderful pictures and piece. I am so glad you stopped by my blog and left me a message or I would have never have found your blog! I danced through college the in Dance Theatre which I love to this day. ow following you 🙂 Have a fab weekend!

  10. SleightGirl Says:

    It was so much fun reading your blog. I used to be a ballet dancer with the "Honolulu Dance Theater" and I miss it a lot…your post brought back lots of memories.

  11. Amelia Says:

    I love the pictures! Ballet is so incredible.

  12. Eliza Says:

    how inspiring! i'm happy that i discovered your blog 🙂 i always have been interested in ballet and this interview was great. she is very beautiful! <3

  13. Sue Furrow Says:

    Are you the photographer as well as the writer? I enjoy your blog, always a pleasure to see such a beautiful blog. Have a great weekend!

  14. ♥georgie♥ Says:

    lovely post and great pics-thanks for stopping by my blog

  15. Mona L. Pendleton Says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog & leaving me a comment! 🙂 How funny that are blogs are "related" in a cupcake sort of way yet soooo very different!!! 🙂 Absolutely gorgeous pictures & interesting stories! Have a great weekend! 🙂

  16. wishwithme Says:

    Awesome interview 🙂

  17. JV.Mademoiselle Says:

    Amazing side for ballet lovers like us. Lots of greetings from the Midnight Couture Bloggers Jana and Vany.

  18. Just be happy! Says:

    Thank you so much for leaving such a kind comment in my blog, I am very flattered to know that you like my blog and the things I make as well.Have a great weekend!xxxAlessandra

  19. Christina Says:

    Ballet is beautiful. Very nice interview!

  20. Kathy Says:

    What a wonderful interview and such awesome photos.

  21. RachelsPETdesigns Says:

    Ok I have to fess up here. I visited your blog from a post you made on my blog. So I come over and see you blog about Ballet? I'm thinking do I want to read this since I have no clue about anything in the Ballet world. So I'm curious.. start to read (and I'm really not a big reader), but I became 'locked'. I love the interviewing and point form writing. The photos are beautiful and easy on the eyes.I just want to say I WILL be back, I guess I'm going to learn more on Ballet now and to never turn away from the unknown; it was a little wake up call for my ignorant mind. Thank you for sharing.Rachel

  22. Cynthia Says:

    Very interesting interview. Thank you forsharing, Elise.

  23. Elise Says:

    denise – welcome and thank you for your commentphonelady – thank you for the compliment !lemonshortbread – thank youNefertari – welcome and thanksWinklepots – thank you very much and welcomeWhyso…. thank you for your lovely comment and welcomeBrian – humbled !Sweet CuddleCakes – thankyou62 Cards Sammye-Jo – welcome and thank youSleightGirl – welcome and thank you; always great to hear that dancers are reading these interviews tooAmelia – welcome and thank youEliza – welcome and I'm really glad to hear that you are inspired – that's the whole point !Sue Farrow – no! I'd never get any work done if I did – though I do from time to time and some of mine are on here – thank you and welcome !georgie – thank you and welcomemona – I knwo what you mean ! What's not to love ?Wishwithme – thank you and welcomeJV. Mademoiselle – welcome and thank youJust be happy – welcome and thank youChristina – welcome and thank youKathy – welcome and thank youRachel – well – that's really great to hear. You are very welcome and I look forward to hearing what you have to say about future posts. I hope you'll be inspired to see live performances now – there is nothing like it ! Thank you so much for your comment because it's exactly comments such as yours which are the whole point of this site.Cynthia – welcome and thank you for all your lovely comments

  24. Anne Marie Says:

    the second photo is delightful! and I used to be a dancer…..and appreciate your support for the artists dancing……..

  25. Silver Says:

    i especially like the quote by Mother Theresa about always spreading good cheer around, even as simple as in a smile… Such profound wisdom. If everyone practices that, the world would be so much nicer to be in.. 😉

  26. Jenny Says:

    Elise,Your blog is very fascinating and beautiful! I really enjoyed visiting it. Ballet. I have always admired ballet dancers and other people who dance well. I wish I had their choreographic skills. :)Take care.

  27. 2 Raven Chicks Says:

    What a wonderful blog site! These beautiful women are amazing artists! What dedication it must take to reach such heights in the field of ballet. The photos are just gorgeous.I really enjoyed reading about what the ballerinas do to get their slippers prepared! Tearing off silk, shellacing, sanding…… Goodness!

  28. Jenni Says:

    Great Interview! Thanks for stopping by my blog, I very much appreciate the compliments 🙂 cheers!

  29. Indy Grrrl Says:

    Great interview and thank you for stopping by my blog : ) Yours is so unique!

  30. Naomi K. Says:

    dear eliseThank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog , You welcome to visit in my blog , follow any time you would like . And I invite you come and pick in my shop at etsy http://www.naomikimhi.etsy.comIf i can do somthing for you im here :)I really like your blog :)Kind regards Naomi.k

  31. Michelle Says:

    Hi Elise,Another amazing post. I love reading your interviews. What a beautiful and interesting (and definately inspiring) blog!Michelle 🙂

  32. jammatun Says:

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog. I've just joined your blog and really enjoyed the interview you did!

  33. Halo Hill Says:

    Wow, Elise! I love your blog, such beautiful subjects too! Thank you for stopping by my blog! It looks like you have such a full and creative life.Hugs,Sheila

  34. Kloggers/Polly Says:

    Your blog is truly beautiful and you have taken time and put so much effort into it. The photographs are amazing. It is good to think that ballet has at last been brought to the masses so that we can all appreciate it. Not so long ago the majority of the population only had steely glances at it when particular pieces were performed at the Royal Variety Performance. At least we have moved on from that now.Whilst I am here I would like to thank you for your visit and kind comments on one of my posts.It is appreciated that you have taken the time and read a little of my blog.I hope that you will take this recommendation in the spirit that it is meant. I think your blog is too lovely not to be registered in one of the blogging communities. Of course, you may well be but I cannot see any evidence that you are and with the effort you put in it would be nice to make it available to a wider audience. With that in mind I would like to suggest that you join Blogcatalog – perhapsEntrecard - are many other blog directories and communities that you could also register your blog into. These two in particular, I have found help to get regular as well as occasional readership which is always a good thing. Even if you do not get time to reciprocate it opens your blog to a world wide audience. When I first started blogging no-one advised me of this and I so do wish they had. Good luck with this wonderful blog of yours but please don't hide it and join a few of the blogging communities so that more people can appreciate it.I'll be back for anothe visit soon.My best regards to you.

  35. Sweeter Says:

    Heyyours is a really nice blog! Quite different to mine, but I love it!Thank you for visiting me and your wonderful comment.Dulce

  36. Wsprsweetly Of Cottages Says:

    The world you live in is one that most of us can only dream of and a language that so few ever really learn to speak fluently. Thank you for sharing it with us..Warmly,Mona

  37. Ladybug Mama Says:

    I wanted to say thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. This was a beautiful interview of a beautiful dancer. I use to dance a long time ago. I'm hoping that one of my daughter's will want to dance when they get older. My 5 year old has shown some interest but not enough for us to shell out that kind of money yet. Love the blog.

  38. jacque4u2c Says:

    Thanks so much for the lovely comments on my blog. You are so talented too! I have really been enjoying reading your blog. Very elegant!

  39. dinkinflicka Says:

    Thanks so much for the compliments! It's good to know someone is actually reading, so thanks! Your blog is so put together. Good Job! I always wanted to be in ballet, it's so beautiful!

  40. Linda K. Says:

    Reading the conversations with ballerinas here has been a treat. To be a ballerina must be a dream come true. I love the form of a ballerina and her dancing. Thank you so much for commenting on White Linen Lavender Field! I covet your remark and would like to permantly place it in my sidebar with your permission. I am following your blog now. What a clever idea to promote your conversations with these beautiful ladies. It's my dream to see 'Swan Lake' someday. It is very possible here in the Phoenix area. Thank you again for stopping by. Linda ~

  41. Denise Says:

    wow this is great!i always wanted to be a ballerina. That's why my skirts are tutus inspired. hihii.

  42. sri Says:

    thanks for your comment.i really appreciate comments from you..

  43. Jules Says:

    You have a gorgeous site! And I soooooo wanted to be a ballerina when I was little. I took ballet for 6 years. Obviously I wasn't THAT good at it! I was on pointe though…. Are you impressed yet??? ;)I love your site and your quote!!!

  44. sassyglassdesigns Says:

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog. Your blog is so cool….a ballet dancer – who has NEVER wanted to be one. Great post.

  45. Tins and Treasures Says:

    Thank you so much for the very nice comment on my blog. I enjoyed visiting your blog, as well. Both of my daughters danced from age 4 to 14. Here is the post I wrote last June love reading your interviews with the professional ballerinas. I will be back! Have a lovely Sunday. ~Natalie

  46. Jenny Says:

    Hi, thanks for visiting my blog, you are only the third person to do so and leave a comment, so I appreciate feedback greatly!I am so glad you love my blog, I will try and post more often, with pictures!xx

  47. Shabby Cottage Shops Says:

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! I have read your wonderful post about ballet and never even dreamed, (though I don't know why) there would be such a beautiful blog about ballet! I am so glad you stopped by and wanted to thank you for the lovely compliments!Have a Pinkalicious Week!Debra

  48. common ground Says:

    Elise, thank you so much for coming for a visit and the sweet comment. Wonderful the diversity of the blogworld. Your blog is lovely!Debra

  49. gypsylulu Says:

    What a lovely blog, Elise!…its so nice to meet you.. i love your banner pic!..Great shots too..thanks for sharing!gypsythanks for stopping in to see me!

  50. Kelly Reins Says:

    You have a beautiful way with words and a fabulous blog!

  51. Susan Says:

    Elise, thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I love your blog, you and your interests seem quite fascinating. Your photos are wonderful. I hope you will stop by often. Thanks again, Susan.

  52. stefanie Says:

    thank you so much for visiting me, my daughter loves your blog, she loves ballet, next year she gets to start point, she is so excited. we will definitly be back to visit.

  53. Charlotte Says:

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog You Sure Do Have Your Hands Full. I have another if you can find the time to check it out. I loved your blog, very beautiful I did ballet as a little girl but by 3rd grade I was already wearing a bra, I am just not built like a ballerina, that's for sure!

  54. MommaB Says:

    Thanks for the wonderful comment on ym blog…I have never met a real ballet dancer…I love reading about your dancing and the pictures are wonderful…do you travel with a group or stay in one city..

  55. laterg8r Says:

    thanks so much for the lovely comment you left on my blog – yours is beautiful 😀

  56. Vicki Says:

    Hello, Elise,I enjoyed the interview with Tara-Brigitte Bhavnani so much. Isn't she beautiful! Her interview was so down-to-earth. Her quote from Mother Teresa was wonderful, and I am sure Tara lives by it, too. Thank you for stopping by Bunny Cottage. I love visitors. Have a great week ahead. Vicki

  57. Bentley Boutique Says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love to watch ballet performances, but haven't done so in years! Now you're making me want to find one and get tickets:). I imagine you get to see quite a few. Stop back by my blog soon, and I will post some printable BALLET bookplates just for you:)

  58. So Shabby Pink Says:

    Hello!Thank you so much for stopped by today. This is my first time here and what a find your blog is! Wasn't it almost every little girl's dream to become a ballerina? What lovely work you do. I'll be dropping by again.Many thanks,Peggy

  59. Diane Says:

    What beautiful pictures, thanks for stopping by my blog nice to meet someone new. Hugs, Diane

  60. Diane Says:

    Hello, I'm leaving you a comment because you have the most lovely blog. Fantastic writing and I love your pics as well. Best wishes !

  61. Em x Says:

    Hi, thank you for commenting on my blog. This was a fantastic interview and i love the pictures. x

  62. A Bite of Country Cupcakes Says:

    Fantastic Photos.Ballerinas have such a Mystical awe to them don't they?

  63. Tamstyles Says:

    hi..thank you so much for the comment you left on my blog..that was really sweet. I love ballet so much. I put my daughter in it as soon as she was old enough and she did it for 4 years. I was so happy! Until she told me it was not her passion. A part of me just cried inside because it was so my dream, but I never had parents that put me in anything or supported anything I did so I wanted to give it to my daughter…but life goes on. I enjoy watching others. I also see you are a journalist…another passion of mine. Writing and radio which I once did….I will be back to your blog for sure!

  64. Melissa B. Says:

    Simply fascinating…Thanks so much for sharing!

  65. Rhapsody B. Says:

    Blessings…wow wonderful pictures, congratulations on loving what you do, in these times its difficult to attain a work one loves to do and look forward to.Take care and thanks for sharing.

  66. Sher Says:

    Hello there, elise! (I love your name btw)What a lovely blog, about ballet, ballerinas and such:) Your job really sounds like a very fun, interesting one! I was lucky enough to watch the Ondine Ballet at the Royal Opera House in London last June. It was my first ballet experience and so wonderful too!Thank you so much for the sweet comment you left on my blog:) Have a great week ahead!

  67. Elise Says:

    Anne Marie – thank you so much for your coments & welcomeSilver – it's a good quote isn't it ?Jenny – thank you and welcome2 Raven Chicks – thank you and welcome ! Preparation of pointe shoes can be a lengthy business !Jenni – thank you and welcomeIndy Grrrl – I hope so !Naomi K – welcome & thanksMichelle – thank you ! Good to hearjammatun – welcome and thank youHalo Hill – thank you and welcomeKloggers/Polly – I'm very grateful for your comments, thank you and welcome. Thanks also for the tips – you will see I have taken note !Sweeter – thank you and welcomeWsprsweetly – thank you for your covely comments and I hope you continue to enjoyLadybug Mama – Welcome and thank you for your comments. Best wishes to your daughter – keep us posted !jacque4u2c – glad you enjoyed it – elegant – a supreme compliment ! thank youdinkinflicka – welcome and thank youLinda K – thank you so much for your comments. I have emailed you seperately. I hope you get to see Swan Lake – you will be mesmerised !Denise – didn't we all ?! Welcome and thankssri – thanksJules – thank you for your comments and welcome. You got on pointe – that's worth celebrating !sassyglassdesigns – welcome and thanksTins and Treasures – welcome and thank you for the link – great post !Jenny – welcome and thanksShabby Cottage Roses – welcome and thank you for your lovely comments. Here it is !common ground – welcome and thanksgypsylulu – thank you – and welcomeKelly Reins – thank you very much and welcomeSusan – welcome and thanksstefanie – good to hear – welcome both of you and thank you for your commentsCharlotte – thank you and welcome MommaB – welcome and to answer your question – in Tara's case, the Royal Ballet are based in Covent Garden, London, at the Royal Opera House. So for most of the year she is dancing in London. But in the summer the company tours all over the world – this summer they were in Washington, Cuba and Granada for example.laterg8r – welcome and thanksVicki – I know, the quote is lovely – as is Tara of course ! Welcome and thank you for your commentBentley Boutique – good to hear – I hope you get to see more ballet and let us know all about it ! Welcome and thank you for your lovely comments.So Shabby Pink – welcome and thank youDiane – welcome and thanksEm x – welcome & thanksA Bite of Country Cupcakes – they do ! thank you and welcomeTamstyles – welcome and thank you for your lovely comment.Melissa B – welcome and thanksRhapsody B – thank you – and welcomeSher – I hope you'll be seeing more ballet in future – Ondine is a good start ! First time at the Opera House is a good way to begin – welcome and thanks for your comments

  68. Duchess of Tea Says:

    Hello, even though I am on holiday, I couldn’t help logging on into my blog and that’s when I noticed that you had visited my cottage and had left a sweet comment for me. I just had to stop over your blog to thank you personally and to let you know how much kind comments like yours inspire me. You have a fascinating blog, full of interesting posts and lovely photos you also have a new follower…me. I will stop by your blog upon my return.♥ Hugs & Cupcakes ♥ Duchess

  69. Elise Says:

    Duchess – Hello M'Lady ! Thank you so much for leaving a comment while you are on hols. You are very welcome !