Gina like many of the Royal Ballet School students worked regularly with the company. Mostly in corps de ballet and extra roles but last year unusually for a second year she got her chance to dance in Balanchine’s Symphony in C.
She remembers, ‘There were lots of 3rd years and I just remember the ballet master pointing at me and saying “you, you go in”. We were 8 at the back; 6 tiny people and 2 huge people - one of which was me - and it is so fast. And I was thinking, “how am I ever going to move this fast?” but on stage you have to, you’ve no choice.
Pat Neary who was coaching us was so scary. I thought “I’m gonna die – I’m just gonna die” but I did it - and that was the most amazing time I’ve had on stage’.
And your big dream? ‘Obviously, I want to do really well here but I’m still very young. I just turned 18. My birthday was 20th October so it was a really super birthday present to get into the company 5 days later. I’ll just see how things turn out. I’ll just push and go for it.
I told my old school in Oslo and I’ve also talked to Ingrid (Lorentzen, the director of Norwegian National Ballet) and everyone is so happy. I hope to go back some time. It’s such a beautiful opera house and the studios are so amazing. The Royal Opera House is amazing too, especially the gym and pilates centre. I feel so spoilt.
27 Nov 2013