Born: Paris, France
Trained: Conservatory National Supérieur of Paris and Junior Ballet classique CNSMDP.
Joined Scottish Ballet: 2012
Do you remember a moment when you realised that you wanted to be a professional dancer?
I started dancing at five years old as a weekend activity that my parents chose for me. I loved being on stage, the challenge of it and the reward at the end! It soon became more serious and I started a National school in Paris. I had to balance school and dance classes in order to keep studying while I was practicing 15 hours per week.
At this time, becoming a dancer was more a dream than a reality. I realised how hard it can be when I started to audition, but I definitely did not want to give up. I also realised at around 17 years old how enjoyable dancing on stage can be.
The moment I decided that I wanted to make a career out of dancing was on my graduation day in Paris. I had to perform a solo on stage in front of an audience and a jury. This solo called La Cigarette by Serge Lifar was very challenging; it requires stamina and technique but the most important thing was to add delicacy to it. Despite how nervous I was, I felt something quite surreal on stage - an immense joy and freedom. Nothing else mattered around me, I was dancing in the moment. I realised then that I definitely wanted to become a professional ballet dancer to experience this feeling again.
Describe something about your dancing that has changed since joining Scottish Ballet. What caused this change?
I have really grown as a dancer since I joined SB, getting to work on a wide range of styles and getting more stage experience. It has changed how I approach rehearsal and performances. I can now trust myself and the work I’ve done in the studio, then be much calmer on stage and indulge more.
What’s your pre-show ritual?
Doing my make up is a very important step before a performance. It helps me getting into a 'show' mind-set and character. I sometimes do a very specific warm up that someone taught me in Paris; it’s nothing like a ballet barre or work-out but is such an efficient way to find my centre and engage the right muscles. I also like to have a quick feel of the stage and practice a few moves.
Are there any dancers or artists that inspire you?
Monique Loudières was a French étoile at Paris Opera and I’ve always looked up to her since I was a student. She was such a refined dancer, from her foot work to her upper body. She was not the kind of dancer with amazing lines and feet, nevertheless she was mesmerising. I got to work with her when I was about 18 and she made me become a better artist. I left behind the tense ballet student I was, thinking about technique all the time and I learnt how to let go and find the pleasure in the movement.
What are a few words that would describe your personality in the studio?
In the studio, I'm always just being myself. A hard worker as well as being relaxed, determined and serious, but always with a touch of humour. I like rehearsing in a positive environment, it enables me to be more creative, to have a good energy, to express myself more.