Principal dancer Yolanda Correa was born in Cuba where she studied ballet before joining the National Ballet of Cuba. After only 5 years she was quickly promoted to Prima Ballerina and enjoyed a wonderful career performing in her home country.
After 10 years with the company, she made the surprising decision to head to Europe to learn and push herself as a dancer and an artist.
Listen to Yolanda talk about dancing with Víctor Ullate Ballet before joining Norwegian National Ballet in Oslo where she danced for 8 years before making the decision to join the Berlin State Ballet.
Yolanda is truly effervescent, she bubbles with energy, enthusiasm and positivity. She talks with joy about being a dancer, about her love of daily class and time working in the studio.
In this podcast, she shares her favourite roles, the ups and downs of a ballet career, and why she loves to dance. We also learn some surprising things about Yolanda as she talks about future aspirations and other skills that you might not expect!
Royal Ballet principal dancer Thiago Soares is celebrating his 20 years ballet career and 14 years with this prestigious ballet company.
Thiago was born in Rio de Janeiro, where surprisingly he first started dancing hip-hop before he discovered ballet, which was to change his life forever.
In this podcast, Thiago shares the highlights and challenges over the last two decades as he rose to become a celebrated principal dancer with The Royal Ballet. He also talks about dancing with Marianela Nuñez, producing his own ballet gala and life with The Royal Ballet.
Thiago’s dance journey has been captured in a new film called ‘Principal Dancer‘, which follows Thiago from London back to Brazil as he presents a star-studded ballet show in his home country.
Still from the documentary ‘Primeiro Bailarino’ about Royal Ballet principal Thiago Soares
Listen to Thaigo talk about the making of Principal Dancer, which is an exceptionally raw behind the scenes emotional and honest account of a ballet dancer’s life on and off stage.
Stephenie Herman is a former prima ballerina who has danced with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Rudolph Nureyev and was a protégé of legendary choreographer George Balanchine.
In this podcast episode Stephanie shares her memories of these ballet legends and gives us an insight from a ballerina’s unique point of view. Stephanie became a principal dancer at just 19 and moved from the US to Zurich to train with Balanchine.
Stephanie shares her dance journey and experience of suffering from injuries that affected her ballet career, and led her to creating her own Pilates Ballet programme.
But Stephanie’s creativity has been unstoppable! She’s also recently created a Gold Award winning ballet play and film: ‘Ballerina: A One Woman Play with Stephanie Herman‘. Listen to her talk about creating this personal and inspired play.
In this podcast, we talk to former (Royal) New Zealand Ballet dancer Matthew Lawrence about his journey from the southern tip of the world to the northern end of the Scottish Shetland isles, where he’s created an important community dance school.
The Shetland Community Ballet School is a great example of a local dance school providing opportunities for young and mature dancers in remote locations, where the demand for dance classes and training may just surprise you.
Matthew’s career has seen him starring on stage in in London and Europe, he’s worked backstage, behind the scenes and in front of the studio.
Listen to Matthew’s journey and his tales of other great dancers past, of life in Covent Garden in the 1980s and moving to the Shetland isles.
Akram Khan is an extraordinary choreographer, whose work requires his dancers to adapt to his unique style of movement. In this podcast episode, we talk to two of Akram Khan Company dancers – Nicolas Ricchini and Dennis Alamanos – about what it feels like to perform Akram’s work.
Nicolas and Dennis talk about their own journeys into the contemporary dance world, their decision to become freelance dancers and their experience of dancing with Akram Khan Company for the last 3 years.
American born Royal Ballet Soloist Tristan Dyer talks to us ahead of World Ballet Day (2 Oct), giving us an insight into life with the prestigious ballet company, his favourite roles, and how he prepares for the stage.
Listen to Tristan talk about what he loves most about dancing, what inspired him to join The Royal Ballet and one of his favourite career moments of dancing with the gorgeous Sarah Lamb (pictured above – photo by Bill Cooper).
Tristan also shares his experiences of studying with The Royal Ballet School, The Australian Ballet School, The National Ballet of Canada School and shares his advice for aspiring dancers.
The international dance sensation Carlos Acosta is celebrating his 30 year dance career by performing alongside his company Acosta Danza at London’s Royal Albert Hall, 2-5 October.
In this podcast episode, Carlos Acosta shares his greatest moments from his dance career, his favourite roles that he’s danced, his experience of creating his own dance company and his advice for the next generation of dancers.
Listen to Carlos talk about growing up in Cuba, the youngest of 11 children in an improvised family and how dance changed his life. He reflects on his career with The Royal Ballet, becoming an acclaimed choreographer and life after retiring from the stage.
Carlos Acosta – A Celebration. Photo: Manuel Vasson
Carlos tells us about the works being presented at the Royal Albert Hall, including the UK premiere of Christopher Bruce’s Rooster, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s critically acclaimed Mermaid, and a reworked version of Acosta’s Carmen full of Latin influences and accompanied by a live orchestra.