Five new ballerinas and one ballet dancer were hired to join our 'troupe'. They have been at work for a while now and you can see them on stage during 'Onegin'. We introduce them all during the following weeks by asking them a few questions. And the first ballerina is ...
Dances at Royal Ballet Flanders as: half-soloist
Previous company: the English National Ballet (first dancer)
- Which ballet (and/or role) that you have danced so far was your favourite?
“My top 3 so far would be the calliope rag part in Kenneth Macmillan's Elite Syncopations, Jiří Kyliáns Petite mort and a pas de deux called 'Vera' recently created on me by a Belgian choreographer, Stina Quagebeur about the First World War.”
- How did you end up in the Royal Ballet Flanders? Why did you want to come and dance with us?
“I ended up here because I wanted a change of repertoire and lifestyle. Having been in London for 9 years, I wanted to get out and explore a new place. I had an old school friend who lived here in Antwerp and I had always heard good things about the company. It was an obvious next step.”
- What do you like about Antwerp?
“How everything is so close. Riding around on my bike. The shopping- especially in the south with the vintage and furniture shops. The cool coffee shops. The chocolate...”
- Which title from this season are you looking forward to the most?
“I'm looking forward to all of it, but Onegin at the moment as I am playing 'Olga' and the music is a joy to dance to!”
- How do you relax?
“Pure relaxation for me would be on holiday somewhere, laying by a pool in the sun with a good book and a cocktail. But generally I find yoga helps me best to relax and also complements the ballet.”
Nancy Osbaldeston is dancing 'Olga' in Onegin on 17 October (Ghent) and on 15, 20 & 22 November (Antwerp).