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AS IS | Rachele Buriassi

Ballet dancer

From Italy

Based in France, Germany, US and Montréal, Canada

We interviewed graceful Rachele Buriassi about her passion for ballet, ways to experience it, some recommendations for those who are just starting their journey, and many more

A: Please, tell us a bit more about yourself. What brought you to ballet?

R: I started dancing at the age of 4. I was a very hyperactive child, my mother decided to send me to dance classes so that I could use all my energy and get tired. I didn’t like it at first and I really wanted to become a veterinarian so I stopped for about a year. Then one day, while watching television, I saw Swan Lake and I was so fascinated by it that I told my mom: this is what I want to do with my life. She gave me a second chance and took me back to ballet classes and I have never stopped since then.

A: Where do you find the inspiration?

R: I find inspiration in everyday life. I wake up and I’m grateful that I can pursue my passion. I get inspired by other artists, by people, by everything around me. I get inspired by ambition, positivity, by life.

A: What would you recommend to someone new to the ballet, what to begin with?

R: I would recommend going to see a performance, sitting down, forgetting about the everyday routine, listening to the music, watching dancers and bodies move, and putting yourself in a different dimension where you can become part of this celebration. Try and get in touch with what the artist is feeling at that moment and let go. You will see it’s magical. :-)

A: Your top 3 adjectives related to the dance/ballet?

R: Freedom. Magical. Unique.

A: The best angle to look at the ballet is from ..?

R: Dance is pure ART. That’s how u should look at it.

A: Must-read books/spectacles to explore to talk about the art of dance (do we even need them)?

R: I don’t think you necessarily need to read any book or watch a particular performance to talk about dance. Like I said before, go to the theater and watch a ballet. Everything will be clear to you at once, and you will know what to talk about. What I recommend, though, is to at least once in your life see a big classic like Swan Lake. It’s pure magic.

A: If you could change one thing in the world of ballet - what would it be?

R: I would love for the ballet world to have more understanding of humanity. Don’t forget that we dancers are still human beings and we have all our weaknesses and we’re not machines.

A: Please, share your favorite quote (not necessarily related to dance)

R: Feel the Fear and do it anyway :-)

Thank you!

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