After a spectacular journey up till now, where do you see yourself in the next five years?
In the next years I want to move towards success with the Mariinsky theatre but it’s not my only goal. In the future I would like to explore the world of choreography, learn as much new as I can, discover my inner world and if possible create something unique.
How do you relax and rejuvenate after a long ballet session?
A steaming hot shower is an everyday must. I roll out my muscles using 2 different sizes of stiff massage balls and then I stretch them. Also laying with the legs up in the air for quite a long time until you start to feel them tingling really helps with blood circulation!
How is your preparation for the upcoming performances going? What are you most excited about?
Well, it’s basically an everyday work that I commit to. Every performance is long in the making but learning new pieces and creating a new character was, is and will always be the most magical process. The work itself inspires me so much that sometimes I can get lost in time (literally, hours can become minutes and vice versa).
For all the aspiring ballet dancers who look up to you, what would be your 5 tips to be a professional ballet dancer?
- Believe in yourself.
- Be patient about everything and by saying patient I mean be ready to wait for a long time.
- Always be motivated to do better, it is absolutely crucial.
- Find an inspiration in something (it may be not related to ballet).
- And know where you aim to, what is your goal, your dream, know this precisely and never let someone change it.