Cupcakes & Conversation with Jessica Saund, Corps de Ballet, American Ballet Theatre


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Cupcakes & Conversation with Jessica Saund, Corps de Ballet, American Ballet Theatre

What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ?

My motivation is; “Deep Art”, the fullest expression of human emotion, in all   forms. I pursue it in everything I do.

What are you looking forward to dancing in the new season ?

New works by Alexei Ratmansky. We’ll see this fall what he creates for ABT.  Everyone is excited about new choreography

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Jessica in arabesque

photography throughout :  Gene Schiavone 

Who would you most like to dance with & what would you dance ?

I would love to dance “Marguerite” in Lady of the Camellias with Ivan Liska; it’s my favourite.

If you could dance anywhere in the world (not only in a theatre), where would you dance ?

A Solo at Carnegie Hall with Josh Bell on Violin.

How do you prepare your pointe shoes ?

Shellac and jet glue, it holds the shape.  I also cut the satin off the toe. Works for me.

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What is your daily routine at the moment ?

Right now I am in Paris; totally relaxed.

You can ask six famous people to dinner – who would you invite ?

To dinner?  Frederic Chopin  (in spirit,), and Sylvester Stallone, Alexander Scriabin, Pierce Brosnan, Oscar Wilde. That’s it.

What would surprise people about you ?

I love the “Rocky” movies and great white sharks. They both inspire me.  “Jaws” is such a classic.  I have seen it 100 times.

Who inspired you to dance ?

Classical music inspired me to dance ..Chopin’s music. This is why I dance .     

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Jessica in La Bayadere


What is your best piece of advice ?

Pursue your passion…I know everyone says that, but it’s true.

How do you prepare in the hours before a show ?

I rest, listen to Chopin, do a very good warm-up and get my mind ready.

Which role has tested you the most & how ?

Gosh, every role is a test. I just have to go for it.

If you were asked to design your own ballet costume, what would you create ?

I would create a Black Velvet tutu with satin trim, a tiara in diamonds, suitable for a lead role in a love story.

Jessica Saund 

What do you look for in a dance partner ?

A partner needs a strong work ethic, a passion for dance, and a sense of humour…like really funny.

What is your favourite quote ?

Favourite quote?  “After playing Chopin, I feel as if I had been weeping over sins that I had never committed, and mourning over tragedies that were not my own.” Oscar Wilde.

Do you have a ‘signature step’ – one that comes naturally to you ?

Attitude Turns, and Adagio…that’s me…I think


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Jessica as the Sugar Plum Fairy

A phrase I use far too often is … ?

Oh!   It’s “blah blah blah” .. my words for everything that is .. not ballet

What’s been your best on-stage moment so far ?

Juliet, in Romeo and Juliet.

Do you have a secret skill which no-one knows about ?

Actually no.  I have no secret skills, but some say I should be an actress or comedian; go figure.   I’m a dancer.


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Jessica in arabesque

In terms of your ballet career, where would you like to be in a year from now ?

Center Stage…….anywhere.

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7 Responses to Cupcakes & Conversation with Jessica Saund, Corps de Ballet, American Ballet Theatre

  1. Make Do Style September 2, 2010 at 1:50 pm #

    Ah she warmed up nicely – I was a bit thrown by her first answer seemed very heavy but the rest flowed. And I must go and listen to Chopin!

  2. Dancing Branflake September 2, 2010 at 3:40 pm #

    Love her! Her dedication and passion for ballet is inspiring. And I love that she’s watched Jaws 100 times. That’s pretty awesome.

  3. Yosvani Ramos September 2, 2010 at 11:07 pm #

    Wow so proud of her! She’s my very good friend and i’m just over the moon to see she’s doing so well!! She deserves every bit of it as she works very hard and loves what she does! Love You Jessica xx

  4. ballerina by day... September 3, 2010 at 8:21 am #

    i love when dancers talk about their connection with the music and i loved her Oscar Wilde quote, very inspiring!

  5. Audrey Allure September 3, 2010 at 2:12 pm #

    Such a great interview, I think it’s cool that she’s inspired by the Jaws movie.

  6. Sher September 5, 2010 at 5:29 pm #

    Oh, beautiful! I do adore Chopin’s music too:)

    Hope you’re having a lovely Sunday!


  7. Ballet News Admin September 5, 2010 at 7:16 pm #

    Make Do Style – very true !

    Dancing Branflake – yes, I don’t think you get to be a great ballet dancer without that

    Yosvani Ramos – so glad you enjoyed it and thank you for commenting !

    ballerina by day… – thank you ! really pleased you liked reading it

    Audrey Allure – Jaws is definately a first among my interviewees !

    Sher – thank you. You too !