Thursday, 27 August 2009

Mara Galeazzi interviewed for "Cupcakes & Conversation ..."

Cupcakes & Conversation with Mara Galeazzi, Principal, The Royal Ballet

The Royal Ballet Company opens the Autumn season with Mayerling on 8th October at the Royal Opera House. Galeazzi is cast as Mary Vetsera on 12th & 16th October at 7.30pm and as Countess Larisch on 29th October & 2nd November at 7.30pm (please note that casting is subject to change).

What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ?
Start a new day.

Who would you most like to dance with ?
With a partner who respects me and has emotion on stage.

How do you prepare your pointe shoes ?
Sowing quickly and break them quickly.

What is your daily routine at the moment ?
Class at 10.30am until 11.45, then rehearsals from 12.00 until 6.30pm - on the day of the show sometimes until 5.30 - and then the performance from 7.30 .... home at 11.00pm.

You can ask six famous people to dinner - who would you invite ?
Mandela, Obama, Aung San Suu Kyi, DiCaprio, Audrey Hepburn, Dante Alighieri.

What would surprise people about you ?
That I'm interested about other people.

Who inspired you to dance ?
My mother.

How would someone else describe you ?
That I'm a giving person in my art and life.

What is your best piece of advice ?
Victory goes to the one who has not thought of himself.

Which role has tested you the most & how ?
Anastasia from MacMillan (Sir Kenneth MacMillan)....everything that a woman has experienced in life.

If you designed your own stage costume, what would you create ?
A beautiful white chiffon dress.

What are you most proud of ?
My family and my husband.

Who would play you in the film of your life ?
Audrey Hepburn.

What is your favourite quote ?
Respect and loyalty.

Do you have a secret skill which no-one knows about ?
I don't have secret because I'm myself.


  1. My goodness what a lovely person she must be . I mean just to read her answers I think she would be a friend if we knew each other in the real world . As I call it a friend in my head . cause I know we will never meet . I learn something everyday from your blogs .

  2. What beautiful photos! She seems to defy gravity. I love being able to hear from the dancers about their life and what motivates them.

  3. THANK You FOR VISITING MY BLOG!!! it made my morning special!!! your blog is beautiful!!! Have a wonderful day!!!

  4. I love her choices for who she would invite to a dinner party! Beautiful photos too. Wow.

  5. p.s. I'm going to share your blog with my 8 year old granddaughter...she studies tap, jazz and ballet...she is in her 4th year and loves it!!!

  6. Thankyou for your lovely comment, so sweet of you.

    I used to do ballet as a very young girl, I hoped I would have girls to carry it on, but.... I have boys, one of wich may do ballet... maybe....!

    Lovely blog, I will have to get a cup of tea and have a good read.

  7. Hi Elise!! You have a beautifull blog about ballet!
    Sorry for my english !!

  8. Thank you for stopping by my blog! Beautiful pictures!

  9. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a wonderful comment. I appreciate all of your kind words!! You just made my day more special!!


  10. Great Interview. I always love looking at your amazing photos.

  11. Beautiful photographs - they really capture Galeazzi's graceful movement.
    Wonderful interview as well. It has been the perfect accompaniment to my morning cup of coffee.

    Thank you for visiting my blog and your kind words.

  12. Elise,

    Wow, such beautiful photos! And your interview really makes her pictures come to life. :) Thanks again for visiting my blog -- you have a lovely one here! I'm growing more and more fascinated in UK culture...definitely will have to stop by more often!

  13. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Yours is lovely...I've always dreamed of being a ballerina :D

  14. Hi Elise, thank you very much for the lovely comment on my blog. :) Your blog is beautiful and the photographs are stunning - you look very elegant in them as too does you mum. :)


  15. Elise, Thanks so much for your comment on my blog. Reading through this interview I realize, yet again, there are so many worlds out there that I know nothing about. Thanks for sharing your passion. I'll be back to learn more. . .

  16. Thank you so much for your wonderful comments on my blog. So very sweet of you to take the time to do so when most don't.
    You have a beautiful blog. Gorgeous photographs.
    Huggies ~

  17. Elise, How nice to find your gracious comment on my blog this morning! I'm not sure how you found me, but you certainly brought a smile to my face! Our daughter used to dance, and was very graceful and good (in our humble opinions), and we have much respect for dancers. It is at least AS difficult as football practice! Our dear daughter is the writer in our family! She keeps a blog about small town Missouri, and has a real way of captivating an audience! You might want to visit her:
    Thanks again for your kind words. Your blog is amazing!

  18. Thank you so much Elise for the comment of my blog!
    I'm pleased to have discovered yours, because I love ballet. I have followed ballet school for several years and I regret that I stopped dancing now! (time and business, you know).
    But my little niece, Sarah (she is 11 years old), goes to the balletschool now and we all enjoy see her dancing!



    PS You have such a beautiful name. I adore the name Elise!

  19. I just wanted to say Hi after your lovely comments, I'm not sure what made you click onto a card blog, but glad you did, all welcome.The last time I went to the ballet was toad of toad hall and I was about 11. I love live theatre or live bands though. janex

  20. Dear Elise ~
    I want to thank you for the lovely comments you left on my blog. If it weren't for that, I would not have found your website nor seen the beauty of ballet through your eyes and words.

  21. Many thanks for visiting my blog. My daughter and I are fans of the ballet - especially The Northern Ballet. I am going to leave reading your blog and interviews.

  22. Thank you for visiting my blog, and leaving such a lovely comment.I dont know much about ballet but have really enjoyed reading yours and looking at the lovely photos.
    thanks again.

  23. Aloha Elise,
    Greetings from Hawaii :)

    A big *mahalo* (Hawaiian for thank you) for visiting my blog and left the sweetest comment. I really appreicate it.

    What a fantastic photos! My youngest daughter is interested in ballet because her friend started this year and she likes it. Hopefully I can enroll her this end of the year. Thank you for sharing all these fabulous photos and interviews. I'm going to show your blog when she gets home :)

    Have a wonderful day!

  24. What a lovely blog you have. I am so impressed and the timing could not be better! My daughter is having her first audition tomorrow. It is for a small part in the Nutcracker. She is only 6 but has been taking ballet for 3 years. I am so nervous, but also excited for her.:) Lori

  25. Hi Elise,

    Thank you so much for the lovely comment you left on my blog. I am also a classicaly trained dancer and teacher so it has been wonderful to read through your site :-) Although my career path has changed in recent years I still have a passion for the ballet and hopefully will be able to teach my little one once they enter the world next year :-)

    With Love

  26. Thank you so much for visiting our blog I am so pleased you found us as it gave me an opportunity to look at your amazing work, your photography is outstanding,I have spent a wonderful hour reading all about the ballet once again thankyou for sharing

  27. Hi Elise what a wonderful blog you have, my daughter was looking at it with me and is now dancing around the house in a pink tutu!!!! you have inspired her.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your kind words
    Keep smiling

  28. Thanks for visiting my blog!

    Yours is lovely, you have some wonderful photographs.

  29. Hi Elise,I have no idea how you found my blog,or what led you there,but,I am so glad you did.This blog of yours is fascinating.....I had no idea it exsisted......the pictures are amazing and your interview,just Fab. will drop by more often,bye for now,Janette.

  30. Ahhhhhh, to be able to float across the stage like that for just one day. Sigh.

  31. Hello from Canada! A dream is to photograph dancers when they don't see you. Such grace and beauty. How do they do it?

  32. Hello Elise
    Thank you so much for your generous and friendly comment over on my blog, which has led me to find you here!
    How splendid to write about ballet- I am in awe. I know nothing of ballet and have never been to a performance, though I would love to one day. I've enjoyed reading your interviews with dancers, enjoying their words of advice and how they tackle Monday mornings. I will be back to visit again soon.
    Have a super weekend

  33. Hello Elise

    I have just read your very kind comments on our Allsorts challange blog, how very kind of you.

    It has also given me the wonderful opportunity to read some of your blog and view the splendid photographs. I adore ballet and operera, quite diverse tastes perhaps, but both beautiful in their own way.

    Thanks you so much.

    B x

  34. Thank you for your lovely comment. I hope you will follow my blog and continue to read-- it would truly make my day. :)

  35. Thanks for dropping by and leaving such a lovely comment for me on my blog. So I popped over for a look and lo and behold it's all about ballet. I love ballet and I can still remember seeing my first Nutcracker at the South Bank in London on Christmas eve. (My birthday too). Wonderful. I will just have too keep and eye on you.

  36. OMG Elise, my granddaughter will be in Heaven when she sees your blog!!!! I am too, love ballet, to chunky to do it, but I love it!!!! I make miniature ballet dresses and slippers, I will have to post about them. I have entered your name, it's not too late, I just got home from work so I popped in to let you know, check back later!!!!
    Margaret B

  37. Great interview! I very much enjoyed reading it and viewing your images. I hope that you have a great weekend.

  38. Thanks so much Elise for visiting my blog and leaving a comment...I will have to check out your blog a little later...not that I do much ballet. :-) (None!)

  39. thanks so much for showing your appreciation for the Kaboodle doodle blog. I have always loved ballet although I really don't know much about it. I have seen a few ballet performances which have been amazing.

  40. Good morning Elise, what a lovely blog you have. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving such a lovely comments :o)
    Jackie xx

  41. Lovely post. I adore the pictures here. Beautifully done. Thanks for visiting me. Hope to hear from you soon.

  42. Thanks so much Elise for visiting my blog and leaving a comment!!!I loved your blog ,and i dance ballet too....Yours is lovely, you have some wonderful photographs.xoxoxo
    Samira Brasil

  43. Thank you so much for your comment Elise! I am so glad that you like my blog! Really!

    Those jumps are incredible!

    Have a nice week!

    Olga xoxo

  44. phonelady - I know what you mean !

    AlyGatr - that's so true.

    Barbara Burkard - welcome and thank you for your lovely comment. Hope your granddaughter enjoys the site too !

    lilacpop- all the choices have been very interesting so far !

    Sew Recycled - welcome and thank you

    Marcela - please don't apologise - your English is great. Welcome and thank you for commenting !

    Aly - glad you like them. Welcome

    ALVN - you are very welcome. Thank you

    Petergaye - thank you so much !

    Digital Misfit - thank you and welcome

    Jo - please do - welcome and thank you

    Chandra - thank you and welcome

    bubblegum - thank you and welcome

    adaptive reUse - thank you and welcome

    Sharron - thank you and welcome

    Patti J - thank you and welcome

    Greet - you are in good company here ! Welcome and please keep me posted on your niece's progress !

    jem - I hope you'll go again soon - welcome and thank you

    Lana - thank you and welcome

    Diane - welcome and thank you. NBT are a great company

    Poppy - welcome and thanks

    Rleen - mahalo to you too ! Keep us posted with your daughter's progress...

    mysteryhistorymom - thank you - welcome ! How did the audition go ? Children adore the Nutcracker - I hope she got the part - it's such a great ballet to start with.

    Erica Martyn - welcome - lovely to have a pro on the site & a teacher too. Thank you for commenting

    Wendi - thank you and welcome - your comment is much appreciated

    Karva - how lovely ! does she dance well ? Welcome and thank you

    Net - thank you and welcome

  45. Janette - thank you and welcome !

    Kristin - I know ! Think of the hard work behind it though... welcome and thank you

    Liberty - welcome Canada ! They do it with immensely hard work and years and years of discipline. Thank you for your comment

    A Bun Can Dance - I hope you will be inspired to see a live show - there is nothing to beat it ! Do keep me posted ! Welcome and thank you

    brenda - you are in good caompany here - welcome and thank you

    Laila - thank you and welcome

    tollykit - welcome and thank you - who doesn't love the Nutcracker ? What's not to love ?

    The French Bear - I hope so ! Thank you for your lovely comment and welcome !

    The Consummate Hostess - thank you and welcome

    Merry - thank you and welcome

    suzARTe - thank you and welcome - hope you find things of interest here

    Jackie - thank you and welcome

    Soyun Park - thank you and welcome

    Samira - thank you and welcome

    Olga - they are aren't they ? But a lot of hard work goes on to get to that stage... thank you


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