An Interview with Royal Ballet of Flanders Principal Dancer, Nancy Osbaldeston.

Nancy Osbaldeston began her dance training in the Cardwell Theatre School and at the English National Ballet School in London. In 2008, Nancy was accepted into the English National Ballet Company where she received the Emerging Dance Award in 2013. Nancy has been with the Royal Ballet of Flanders since 2014 where she began as a demi soloist, in 2016 she was promoted to soloist and in 2017 to principal.

Nancy danced roles such as Lead Bandit Girl in Roland Petit’s Carmen, Pas de Cinq, Serenade solo in Suite en Blanc (Serge Lifar), Stepsister in Cinderella (Michael Corder), Neopolitan, Cygnets in Swan Lake in the Round (Derek Deane) and Ballerina in Petrushka by Michel Fokine.

Can you tell me a little about when and why you start dancing?

I started dancing age 3, we had dance as part of our normal school once a week. The teacher told my mum to take me to more dance classes as I was one of the few who skipped in time to the music.

For you, what’s the most rewarding part about being a dancer? And what’s the hardest part?

The most rewarding part is performing on stage with live orchestra and beautiful costumes and getting paid to do something I love. The hardest part is sometimes the repetition and discipline you must instil in yourself.

What has been your favourite performance?

My favourite performance is every performance!! I always love it!

What advice do you have for aspiring dancers?

Work hard and don’t think about the end result. Just enjoy the process dancing everyday as much as possible. And eventually with time it can pay off. Also, don’t compare yourself to others - focus on improving yourself in your own way highlighting your assets which will be unique to you.

What is your favourite So Danca product or why do you like the brand?

Has to be the leotards! There are so many unique styles to choose from and the fit is amazing. I can’t wait to see the new collection!

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