From Siberia to the Grand

Royal Siberian Ballet's Giselle
Royal Siberian Ballet's Giselle

Principal dancer Anna Fedosova, 20, shares her experiences as a ballerina with the Russian State Ballet Of Siberia ahead of their performances in Blackpool.

You are based in Krasnoyarsk but where were you born in Russia?

Royal Siberian Ballet's Nutcracker

Royal Siberian Ballet's Nutcracker

I was born in Perm, the oldest Russian city in the Western Urals.

At what age did you start dancing and when did you join the Russian State Ballet of Siberia?

I started dancing at the age of 10 when I went to ballet school, I joined the Russian State Ballet of Siberia two years ago after graduating from the ballet school.

When at your Krasnoyarsk base what does your working day consist of?

Royal Siberian Ballet's Snow Maiden

Royal Siberian Ballet's Snow Maiden

I get up at 8am, get myself ready for work, have a little breakfast and go to theatre. At theatre I start training for about one hour and then my rehearsals start. I have a break in the middle of the day and then again rehearsals.

How many hours sleep do you like to get?

Usually I need eight hours to get good sleep.

What kind of diet do you have to keep fit?

Russian State Ballet of Siberia principal dancer Anna Fedosova

Russian State Ballet of Siberia principal dancer Anna Fedosova

I can’t eat too much sweet and pastry.

What do you do to relax in your spare time when you are not practicing?

I prefer to relax resting at home and reading magazines, also I try to get more sleep if I can. I like to walk in the river bank when I have spare time.

Have you toured the UK before – if so how many times and what do you like about British culture?

I toured once in UK and I liked to be in England very much. I do not know much about British culture but everything I have seen was very advanced and versatile.

Can you describe what a typical day on tour involves?

I get up early in the morning and have my breakfast which I prepare the day before, then get ready for going outside and go for a walk. Then I travel to theatre and start doing ballet class, after that there is rehearsal, a short time to get ready for performance and then show starts. I will be performing in all ballets on the tour.

How long does it take you to prepare for a performance and do you have a specific warm-up and warm-down procedure before and after each performance?

Normally I need half an hour to warm myself up before going on stage and I do warm up in my special way, flexing and stretching legs and arms. I also need to keep my muscles warm between rehearsals and between show acts and for that I use wool warmers and sweaters.

Apart from the UK tour, how many months are spent on tour inside and outside Russia and which other countries have you visited?

I did not travel much in my life, I think everything is still ahead, I visited Turkey and Bulgaria recently and I had a great time there with my friends.

If you hadn’t become a ballerina which other profession do you think you would have gone for?

I think I could be a nurse or a doctor, because I feel compassion for people who suffer from illness.

Any useful advice you can give to young ballet dancers here in the UK?

I wish to all young ballet dancers to fall in love with dancing, with everything you do on stage and then the audience will definitely fall in love with you.

• Russian State Ballet of Siberia, Blackpool Grand Theatre, Giselle - Friday, January 8, The Snow Maiden - Saturday, January 9 and The Nutcracker - Sunday, January 10. Call (01253) 290190 for times and tickets.