Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Natalie Cawte interviewed for "Cupcakes & Conversation ..."

Cupcakes & conversation with Natalie Cawte, Professional Dancer

Natalie is about to start work with the UK’s newest classical ballet company, Ballet Theatre UK.

What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ?
I'm quite a cheerful and happy person so Monday mornings are no different to any other morning. I always look forward to my week ahead and the challenges that it may bring.

What are you looking forward to about joining Ballet Theatre UK ?
Joining Ballet Theatre UK will bring me lots of different opportunities. I am looking forward to working with a new director and new artists. As we will be touring - I love the experience of performing at new venues and visiting different places. Most of all I am excited about furthering my career and getting the buzz of performing on stage again.

Who would you most like to dance with ?
Purely for the fun of it - Dick Van Dyke. When I watched him dance in Mary Poppins, he always seemed to have so much fun and was very entertaining to watch.

How do you prepare your pointe shoes ?
After trying various methods, I now try to do very little to my pointe shoes, as I find they last a bit longer. I start off by sewing the ribbons and elastics in place, I then burn the ends of the ribbons to stop them from fraying. Before I wear them for the first time I soften the block by either lightly standing on them or shutting them in a door jam. I then bend the backs of the shoe gently with my hands.

What is your daily routine at the moment ?
As I am currently in between contracts, I try to travel to London as much as I can during the week to take class. So my day would begin with an early start, followed by a 2 hour train journey. Once in London I take an advanced/professional class which lasts for 1 hour and a half. Sometimes afterwards I try to catch up with friends and the latest gossip!!

You can ask six famous people to dinner - who would you invite ?
I would invite - David Beckham, Julie Andrews, Simon Cowell, Robert Lindsay, Judy Garland and Anton Du Beke.

What would surprise people about you ?
That I am actually not as quiet as I seem and I worry about everything. Also I have to admit that I know all the dialogue and lyrics to the Sound of Music off by heart!!

Who inspired you to dance ?
My first serious local dance teacher Mel, who identified my talent and helped me to develop my technique and focus on a career in dance. I was very lucky as she was very encouraging and supportive.

How would someone else describe you ?
I asked someone this question and they come back with - fun loving, kind and caring.

What is your best piece of advice ?
Never give up on your dreams and always give 100% at all times.

Which role has tested you the most & how ?
Whilst working with Ballet Central, a jazz piece was choreographed on 3 other dancers and I, called 'Let Yourself Go' by Phillip Aiden. This role was definitely a tester. It was a very demanding piece which went on for about 6 minutes - so it was pretty hard going on the stamina. It included lots of difficult lifts and fancy footwork. Obviously being trained in classical ballet made it a challenge for all of us.

What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you ?
I was once in a posh restaurant in London, the waitress came to take our orders but I had a fit of the giggles, which set everyone else of laughing and unfortunately nobody could give the waitress their order. It took about 10 minutes before everybody stopped laughing. It was very embarrassing for us and the waitress.

If you designed your own stage costume, what would you create ?
Traditional tutus are my favourite, so I would have to say it would be a tutu based design, as I think these are very elegant and flattering.

What are you most proud of ?
I am proud of all my achievements in life so far, but most recently I'm proud of passing my driving test at the first attempt.

Who would play you in the film of your life ?
Sandra Bullock - for no other reason than she is one of my favourite actresses.

What is your favourite quote ?
"Success is felt in the heart, not measured by money and power. So be true to yourself and achieve the goals you set."

Do you have a "signature step" - one that comes more easily to you ?
I’m not sure if it’s a signature step, but a favourite move of mine and one that I feel is my best would be a Grand Jeté.

Do you have a secret skill which no-one knows about ?
My dad has always said to me that I am a natural comedian and a good mimic..... But I'm not so sure about that!!


  1. Interesting interview! She seems to have a great personality to go along with those pointed toes too!

  2. ditto from me too she does seem to have a great personality and the pointed shoes too .

  3. Wonderful lovely ballerina, so nice to read about someone so wholesome.
    It is always so interesting to hear what each dancer does to their shoes and to prepare for their dances.
    Once again you've presented a great post!!!
    Thank you!
    Margaret B

  4. poetry in motion, maybe a cliche, but look at those moves. Thank you again, Sandi

  5. Hello there! i just wanted to drop by and say thankyou so much for your lovely comment on my blog! It was really sweet of you to drop by and leave such a fuzzy feeling >.< Mm-wah!

  6. How interesting to read about the process of these young dancers. I had no idea shoe preparation was such an expansive topic, the way a brush sometimes is to an artist – all tools of the trade! Thank you Elise for this glimpse into the world of ballet.

  7. Hello Elise,

    Thank you for stopping by my site. I've enjoyed browsing yours and reading about some of the dancers.. such grace, agility and stamina!

  8. Hello there! Thanks for stopping by. Your so lucky to be able to interview such wonderful and talented people. I hope that you get to travel alot as part of your job :)

  9. Thanks for dropping by my blog, and leaving such a supportive comment.

    When I was reading through your interviews, it brought back flashes from all those wonderful achings to be a ballerina from my childhood. A very short lived childhood dream, and one that I think every girl goes through.


  10. What a lovely interview! She sounds so charming and down to earth. I love the fact that she'd like to dance with Dick Van Dyck. And I really like her favorite quote. Thanks for sharing!

  11. I wish I could eat cupcakes and still dance like that!

  12. It's lovely to meet you as well. I'm so glad you came by.

  13. Hi!
    When I was a child, I want to be a ballerina, but in my city, in this time, didn´t a school dancer, then I'm a blogger today,hehehe...

  14. Hi, Elise, thanks so much for stopping by my blog today and for your lovely comment. It's nice to meet you as well!

  15. Elise,

    I was thrilled that you stopped by my blog, do call again. But more than that, I was excited to find you. Dance was my life for many years, and it just feels like home here.


  16. Hello there! Thank you so very much for the sweet comment on my blog - it made my day! It's funny that while on my trip, I did find myself missing the blog and reading all the other blogs, so it is good to be back. Have a great day and thanks again!

  17. Hello there,and very nice to meet you was a lovely surprise to meet you on the road to Nowhere...

  18. What a marvelous question to ask (the famous people to dinner). Love it!

  19. Hello Elise,

    I wanted to pop by and thank you for the *lovely* comment you left on my blog the other day, so encouraging!--Thank you. (o:

    Many Blessings,

  20. I am so with her on the Dick Van Dyke!

  21. Great interview and thanks for your lovely comment today.

  22. Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog, I'm glad you did as now I have found your great blog too x

  23. Hi Elise, Thanks for commenting on my blog. This is an interesting read. It's a world I know nothing about. Actually there are lots of things I know nothing about!

  24. Hello Elise,
    I wanted to wander over to your world and learn something about you...what a lovely blog you are keeping here with things that fascinate me on many levels...I so appreciated your lovely comment on my blog today and wanted to thank you! I have no idea how you found me but I am glad you did~~I will return to yours to read about these lovely people often!

    blessings to you...

  25. I'd have dinner with Julie Andrews ANY DAY but I don't know about Simon Cowell... ;-p

    She amazing! My back hurts just looking at these pictures. How perfect:)))

  26. Thank you so much for your kind comments on my blog :) I look forward to reading and getting to know more about you as well! I don't know ballet very well but I am so happy to meet you and thanks again!

  27. Thank you so much, that's very kind! I'm extremely flattered!!

    nicola xx

  28. Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog! I was a dancer for over 10yrs. I danced Jazz, lyrical, ballet, Pointe, and tap so reading your blog has brought back TONS of memories! It makes me want to pull out my pointe shoes, I stopped dancing about 2 yrs ago when I was 20wks preg, I was showing and had to notify the director and I was just to heavy to be on my toes/ankles anymore... so no doubt that my shoes will be hard as rocks.


  29. Hello Elise!
    Thank you for stopping by my blog, I'm in awe to find yours! never thought of ballerina blog.....
    Thank you for sharing, I HAVE to come back here soon!!!!!

  30. mmmm! yummy cupcakes! =)

  31. This is such a lovely blog and I really enjoy your interviews. Very insightful, appropriate questions, but they also give the reader a sense of the dancer as a person, off the barre, as it were. :)

  32. thanks for your comment :)
    Oh, I love ballet and ballerinas. I wish I learned when I was young.

  33. I love her advice and the fact that she picked DVD to want to dance with. She's so cute. Looks like a ballet dancer. Nice interview. Now I've GOT to check out your blog. The rest of it I mean. :)

  34. This is an interesting interview Elise ~ thank you for visiting and leaving such a lovely comment on my blog. I love your blog banner ~


  35. Hello! And thank you for the comment! Totally made my day. You have a great site too! I did ballet way back when, and then I sprained my ankle real bad and never went back again.

  36. What a wonderful blog Elise. I live in Winnipeg and we have a ballet company called The Royal Winnipeg Ballet. They are very good and I have seen many shows.

    Having said that I know almost nothing about ballet, so this is a very interesting blog.

    Renee xoxo

  37. great interview!! I enjoyed it a lot!!

  38. Hi Elise,

    I have to say the photos and the whole feel of your blog is AWESOME. I wish someday I could dance with my two left feet.

  39. what a beautiful blog! so interesting!!!! my daughter used to be in a preprofessional ballet group. what great memories for us.

    thankyou for your comment today - it did reach me!

  40. Hi elise,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love the cup cake photo, it looks so yummie.

    Thanks for the kind words. Beautiful blog, love to read your interviews. it gives me a glimpse of a world i always loved and now my daughter is taking it up. so, i will definately be reading.

  41. Your blog is always inspiring!!

  42. What a beautiful page you have. Thank you for bringing me here. All the best to you!

  43. What a unique brand you have on this blog! I love it! Great questions to your interview, btw!

  44. A journalist!!! hmm impressive..must say your blog is too gud n so r u..take care dear and keep visiting me z well.
    Thanks for your comment n my blog.

  45. Natalie is such a beautiful woman, inside & out. I can not imagine possessing such incredible talent? I loved her the minute I read that she wished she could dance with Dick Van Dyke.

    Thanks for reading my wee blog Elise & leaving such nice comments! So nice to meet you & your blog in wonderful! ~ deb

  46. Thanks for stopping by my blog! :) Your post was beautiful! I especially like the group of people you would invite to dinner.

  47. Hello Ms. Elise! I'm writing to inform you that you have won our {fabulous} SimaG Jewelry giveaway over at Her name was Lola! Congratulations, miss thing. Please email me your contact information {name + address as well as your chosen names for the necklace} and I'll pass them along to the designer!


  48. dear elise,
    happy to reach here today when i celebrate rose day.i would love to offer you a yellow rose for the wonderful interview.
    readers come to know a lot!
    happy blogging;keep on doing the grate work.i was excited to see the roses as your image.:)

  49. Thanks to let us know a way to become professional one ^-^

    Talent + lucky + exerting themselves

    Thanks for enjoying my blog too.

    Your blog is so nice and informative ^.^

  50. What would surprise people about you ?
    That I am actually not as quiet as I seem and I worry about everything. Also I have to admit that I know all the dialogue and lyrics to the Sound of Music off by heart!!

    ~we're the same, except that i don't know all of the dialogues and lyrics to the sound of music. but i love their songs and dances. it's also one of my favorite classic movies. i'll be following your blog.

    by the way, did i mention that you're graceful? i dreamed of being a ballet dancer when i was young. but i chose painting.

  51. Hi Elise! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment!!
    I have been loving reading your blog! I adore the ballet. How wonderful to interview these amazing people! What a wonderful job you have! I have really enjoyed my visit here!

  52. That was a really good interview, thanks for sharing!

    xoxo Agnes

  53. Awesome interview :-] I love knowing about people as individuals. Thanks so much for dropping by at my blog again and leaving the kind words :-]

    I have developed a liking for your blog and so I'm following it from now on. Yayyy :-] You have a new follower ;-D

  54. These are beautiful interviews! I love them! I love the ballet. I don't get there as often as I'd like, but its always a beautiful experience when I get to go.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog!

  55. This is an amazing site! I so loved ballet as a child but have little time for anything now. You have done a tremendous job interviewing and the pics are great! Makes me want to follow!

  56. Hello Elise! Thank you so much for your comment. I like your website as well. I've practiced ballet for 3 years when I was younger but eventually stopped since it required a lot of work and my mom was scared that it might turned me away from school.

    I would have love a blog like this one when i was younger :) keep up the good work, I'll come back for pleasure and good memories!

  57. Hi Elise,
    Thanks for visiting my blog, I hope to see you around again!
    I see that your blog is about an old passion of mine: ballet. I danced from age 9 to age 22 :)
    Very nice interview with Natalie!! I'll be reading more soon!!
    Greetings from Holland!

  58. oh my gosh she looks so elegant.

  59. Thanks for your comment on my blog :-) Ballet is very lovely & it will be nice to follow what you have to share.

  60. Thank you for the lovely comment :) I love this blog, I'm now following :) xxxxx

  61. If there is a knock at your door, or your phone rings... is it always ... "fur Elise"
    i just love your name dear!

  62. You're bringing me back to my ballet days...I miss it...lovely blog doll!

  63. oh wow and you got to interview her ! i love the ballet

  64. Hi Elise, thank you for stopping by my blog. It's lovely to meet you as well! I studied ballet in my very early years and stopped when I got very sick, I've always regretted not returning to it. You have a lovely blog and I hope to *see* you soon.

    This a wonderful interview!

  65. Thank you for the lovely comment you left on my blog. I think it is the nicest one I have ever received! You are too kind!
    Will be checking back here soon too, I think I can learn a few things from here... xo

  66. hi lovely!
    thank you so much for your lovely comment :) it is really nice to hear.

    i used to do ballet as a little girl. the ballet such a wonderful and pretty thing to watch.

    i hope you have a fabulous weekend!


  67. Hi! Thank you so much Elise for your comment, it made me smile. Hope to see you around again.

    I like your blog too, I don't know much about ballet but I like to go to theaters and enjoy good shows. When I was a kid I used to dance ballet :)

    I must say, best wishes for you too, and nice to meet you and your blog!

  68. What an interesting interview. I admire how disciplined dancers are!
    Isabelle x

  69. Elise, thanks so much for your visit and kind words! It is so FUN to hear from you. This is what you do for a living? Wow... You must be living your dream. Fancy interviewing dancers. My girls would love to do what you do.. Enjoy your day!

  70. You have a lovely blog. All about ballet. I enjoyed it a lot..

  71. thank you for the comment...:D i also like this post

  72. Hi:)Thank you so much for viisting my site.All I can say is that you fluttered in like an angel and transported me to your mesmerizing site...I say this because I used to be a ballerina!! I danced for well over 20 years and my love for the ballet has been ongoing. I'm ecstatic about having found your site and will add you immediately. If you'd also like to link yours to mine, I'd be delighted.
    Have a wonderful day,

  73. If I were not an artist, I think then I would have pursued dance, but at 5' 10" at that time, I was tall...but I admire those that dance and have such beauty in the expression of dance.

  74. Hi Elise,

    Thank you for stopping by my blog. I'm glad you did, so that I could find your site. I loved reading about the ballerinas and all things related to ballet. I might have to write a post myself one day about ballet classes. :)

  75. Just wanted to stop by and say thanks for your sweet comment!

  76. hi elise! thanks for so leaving so many sweet words on my blog today! has allowed me to find your beautiful blog of ballet. what a life you have interviewing dancers and attending shows. how stimulating and fascinating all at the same time. i love your interview style on your blog with the variety of artists, just wonderful insight into how they prepare, their dreams and goals. i'll be back often :)

  77. Hello Elise... thank you so very much for visiting my blog...and your sweet comments... your blog is beautiful, I must take my time and read each post... I too wanted to be a ballerina, I took ballet classes as a little girl, and that was my dream... unfortunatley I hurt my foot in a bad accident and was not able to continue with my dream... I still love the ballet! Bisous... Julie Marie

  78. Wonderful interview and what a beautiful blog you have. Thanks so much for visiting me and commenting today.

  79. Hi Elise, thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I look forward to readin more of your blog too!

  80. Good afternoon, Elise.

    I've no idea how you found my blog but so thankful you found it to your liking. Bloggy Bunny Trails can take us to the most interesting places - that's been my experience. And how wonderful to follow the link back to your blog, devoted to the art of classical ballet.

    I was a dance major in college - Interpretive Dance. I referred to it as ballet in rebellion. I've paid the price for dancing in bare feet or at the most using masking tape around my foot balls. Now in my 50's, my feet are forever ruined. sigh. There's a silver lining though as my husband massages my feet every night in an attempt to offer some relief.

    All you dancers out there - **care** for your feet! Or ensure your partner in life is kind enough to dote on you and your poor tootsies. :o)

    ticklberry farm

  81. Oh, gosh. Every little girl's dream.... What a beautiful young lady. Thank you for stopping by again! What a great blog you have!
    Very kind regards,

  82. Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog! :)

  83. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a sweet comment. I loved reading your blog about the world of ballet. It takes me back to my days of dance.

  84. Elise is the middle name of my first granddaughter. I love it!

  85. Thank you for the kindest comments, Elise! Wow you made my day---huge smile on my face! Your blog is also beautiful!! What a wonderful career to write about (and see)such amazing dancers! I think it is every girls dream to dance like that!! Thanks again for such kind remarks! I look forward to watching your site!

  86. hey elise! I love your blog! I love anything related to ballet. Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog!

  87. dear elise..thank you soooo much for your comment on my little blog..
    being nearly 52 yo !! (look much younger...cough cough)!! I am very computer non compis...& CAN never get it to look like i would like...
    & was on the verge of deleting it...
    BUT you have made me feel like it maybe okay...
    soo thank you for that...
    OMG...enough about me.

    I did ballet for 10 years..still have ALL my tutus....
    I was a SEAGULL in one...i think that was my FIRST ever ..when about 12..& I still have it....gosh 40 yrs old!!
    I still have my first ever TOE SHOES..!! dont remind me of the pain thou!!

    OH have brought back memories I had LONG forgotten...
    BALLET...10 yrs.. I can STILL do a graceful dance!!

    xx andrea

  88. What a cool job you have- interviewing ballerinas and writing for a living.

    I wish I could dance like that- she is so flexible! I agree with Natalie that Tutus are the best.

    Thank you for your kind words on my blog.

  89. Thank you for your incredibly flattering comment :] You seem like you put a lot of effort into your blog and it truly shows!

    Take care!

  90. I'm not much of a ballet buff, but I really appreciate how well this was executed and interviewed. Pointe shoes... I would die. Thanks for the blog love! It made my day :)

  91. Thank you so much for the kind words on my blog!
    I'm glad I found your blog, hope to see you again soon.

  92. Natalie really is fantastic and has so much motivation (though she sometimes needs a good starbucks session :) ). She regularly made me pick myself up and have a laugh...and she is definitely not quiet. Fab photos, thinking of you for Nutcracker, wish you were up in Glasgow though! x

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