New faces at Ballet Flanders!

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 ...

Nancy Osbaldeston

Nationality: British 
Dances at Royal Ballet Flanders as: half-soloist
Previous company: the English National Ballet (first dancer)

  1. 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.”
     
  2. 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.”
     
  3. 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...”
     
  4. 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!”
     
  5. 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).

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