Sunday, 18 October 2009

Fernanda Oliveira interviewed for "Cupcakes & Conversation ..."

Cupcakes & conversation with Fernanda Oliveira, Senior Principal Dancer, English National Ballet

Fernanda & Fabian

Oliveira can be seen dancing Giselle (with her husband Fabian Reimair, whom I recently interviewed), in Manchester on 24th September at 2pm & 26th September at 7.30pm, Liverpool on 30th October at 7.30pm, Bristol on 3rd & 7th November at 7.30pm, and in Oxford on 21st November at 7.30pm

What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ?
Knowing that there are no delays on the District Line.

What are you looking forward to dancing next season ?
Giselle, which I have done already three times, and every one is different.

Who would you most like to dance with ?
I have already, and it was with my husband. (Fabian Reimair – First Soloist with the Company)

How do you prepare your pointe shoes ?
That is a secret!!!

What is your daily routine at the moment ?
Getting up 8.30am, going to work about 9.15. Class starts at 10.30 until 11.45 and from 12.00 rehearsals continue until 18.30.

You can ask six famous people to dinner - who would you invite ?
Eva Longoria, George Clooney, Nigella Lawson, Stewie Griffin (Family Guy), Dali, Hugh Laurie

What would surprise people about you ?
I'm very clumsy, VERY!!!!!

Photo :  Amber Hunt

Who inspired you to dance ?
My friends at school when I was 6 years old, but then to become a professional Cecilia Keche ( Principal Dancer of Municipal Theatre in Rio de Janeiro).

How would someone else describe you ?
Very focused.

What is your best piece of advice ?
" You have nothing to lose."

Which role has tested you the most & how ?
Aurora (from The Sleeping Beauty). It is very technical and difficult to cover up any mistakes.

What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you ?
I was at home on the computer with my wedding shoes on (my house is all wooden floors). When I went to get up, my heels tripped me up. I didn't find it very funny at the time.

Photo : Daria Klimentová

If you designed your own stage costume, what would you create ?
A costume like the ones in Les Sylphides.

What are you most proud of ?
My wedding day. Me and my husband planned it all and handmade most of the decorations.

Who would play you in the film of your life ?
Eva Longoria.

What is your favourite quote ?
Never say never.

Do you have a secret skill which no-one knows about ?
I can do Cross Stitch.


  1. I loved reading this interview!

  2. So glad I came for a visit...I love this interview! Thanks for another great post!

  3. Lovely interview - I love that how she prepares her pointe shoes are a secret!

  4. thank you!!!!
    i really love that scarf i can't stop wearing it!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Great interview! I really enjoyed reading it.

  6. Hi,
    I have an award for you.
    Please go to my blog if you feel like accepting it.
    Thank you for the great work!

  7. Hi Elise,
    I popped in to say thank you for your compliment on my blog (back in August - yes, I'm a little tardy.) Then I got lost in your blog. I'm all grown up, but the little girl in me still dreams of being a ballerina.

  8. Just fascinating the way she breaks in her pointe shoes! I wanted to let you know I have passed on the Kreative Blogger Award to you. Please don't worry about making the revelations and passing it on as this probably is out of sync with your format. I really just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate what you do here and wanted to let my readers know about your enjoyable and informative site.

  9. Great questions! How funny that she would enjoy dinner with Stewie Griffin. LOL.

    Thanks for visiting my blog. :)

  10. That's amazing stuff! I have always had a lot of respect for people who do ballet.


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