Cupcakes & Conversation with Eve Musto, Soloist, Scottish Ballet

Cupcakes & ConversationCupcakes & conversation with Eve Musto, Soloist, Scottish Ballet


Eve Musto, Photograph : Andrew Ross

Photograph : Andrew Ross

In their special 40th anniversary year, Scottish Ballet has received an exceptional birthday present from Clarence House: a Royal Patronage from HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay.

Scottish Ballet begin their sparkling 40th Anniversary tour featuring George Balanchine’s Rubies, alongside Krzysztof Pastor’s In Light and Shadow and new to the repertoire, William Forsythe’s Workwithinwork, and can be tomorrow in London (and until Saturday) at Sadlers Wells, and Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness through October.

What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ?
My 13 month old daughter who is sunshine in my life and gets me going early every morning. Also need a good big cup of coffee !

Who would you most like to dance with ?
Strong and smart partners.

How do you prepare your pointe shoes ?
I use Bloch pointe shoes, so I need to hammer them quite a bit and then I sew elastics and ribbons and wear them for class.

Eve Musto and Gregory Dean in Krzysztof Pastor's In Light and Shadow, Photograph : Merlin Hendy

Eve Musto and Gregory Dean in Krzysztof Pastor's In Light and Shadow, Photograph : Merlin Hendy

What is your daily routine at the moment ?
From 7am until 9 I’m a busy Mum getting everything ready for the day. Between 10am and 6pm I’m concentrating on my work, rehearsing three ballets for our autumn season. From 6.30pm until 9 is family time. By 11pm I’m dead and need my bed.

You can ask six famous people to dinner – who would you invite ?
George Clooney, Helen Mirren, Jamie Oliver

What would surprise people about you ?
I make a mean rhubarb crumble cake.

Who inspired you to dance ?
Seeing Swan Lake when I was five years old, so Odette probably.

How would someone else describe you ?
Outgoing, funny and direct … and a little bit of madness for a spice !

What is your best piece of advice ?
Treat people how you would like to be treated !

Eve Musto and Erik Cavallari in George Balanchine's Agon, Photograph : Andrew Ross

Eve Musto and Erik Cavallari in George Balanchine's Agon, Photograph : Andrew Ross

Which role has tested you the most & how ?
Most of Balanchine’s repertory because of the speed and style of the movement.

If you designed your own stage costume, what would you create ?
A beautiful empire line dress, floaty and light.

What are you most proud of ?
My daughter and my husband, and my family in Estonia !

Who would play you in the film of your life ?
Nicole Kidman, thank you very much !

Eve Musto in George Balanchine's Rubies, Photograph : Bill Cooper

Eve Musto in George Balanchine's Rubies, Photograph : Bill Cooper

What is your favourite quote ?
“What doesn’t kill you…makes you stronger.”

Do you have a secret skill which no-one knows about ?
I went to Glasgow School of Art and can make beautiful ceramic pots and tableware from scratch.

Eve Musto Autograph


18 Responses to Cupcakes & Conversation with Eve Musto, Soloist, Scottish Ballet

  1. yiqin; September 30, 2009 at 3:59 pm #

    So sweet that the daughter is the motivation to wake up in the morning 😀

  2. beedeebabee♥ September 30, 2009 at 5:07 pm #

    Another beauty! I need to come to that dinner too! … Great quote! Hugs, Paulette ;o)

  3. Just Breathe September 30, 2009 at 6:38 pm #

    She is beautiful, OMG. I love her dinner invites. I also think Nicole Kidman is a good choice. Thank you, that was a nice read.

  4. Sharon September 30, 2009 at 7:17 pm #

    Thank you for such a nice artful respite on such a busy [email protected]'estChouette

  5. DUTA September 30, 2009 at 11:19 pm #

    She's a natural beauty who manages to combine career with family life.What more could one wish?

  6. Couture Cookie October 1, 2009 at 12:19 am #

    I used to wear Bloch pointes too and breaking them in was hell! Eve seems very level-headed – a great role model for younger dancers.

  7. Jamie October 1, 2009 at 3:27 am #

    I saw your comment on my blog (thank you for reading my post) so I took a peek at yours and was wonderfully surprised, I danced from age 5-17 and really enjoyed it! Jamie.

  8. Heaven October 1, 2009 at 5:10 am #

    Very unique blog.Fantastic pictures.I like your blog.Please visit:http://heaven-view.blogspot.comKeep blogging.Have a great time.

  9. Elise October 1, 2009 at 11:33 am #

    yiqin – thank youbeedeebabee♥ – thank you !Just Breathe – I agreeSharon – I emailed you yesterdayDUTA – thanksCouture Cookie – yes, many of the dancers I've interviewed are inspiring role modelsJamie – were you dancing vocationally at 17yrs then or just for fun ?Heaven – thanks

  10. Sherin October 1, 2009 at 6:28 pm #

    Wow, she sounds so insoirational. I loved this interview!

  11. OceanDreams October 1, 2009 at 8:37 pm #

    What a lovely ballerina and I love her photo shots, also that she has such strong family relationships!

  12. shallowOcity October 1, 2009 at 8:46 pm #

    I was floored when I came over to your blog! I danced forever, then owned a dance school for 10yrs, and now only "dance" with my 2yr old in her Mommy n Me ballet class. LOL!! Your site, pics,content etc are SO inspirational! Thank you for special surprise added to my day!-CelesteP.S.And thank you for stopping by awhile back at my blog and leaving such a great comment!

  13. Meaghan Kelly October 1, 2009 at 9:05 pm #

    i'm so glad you left a comment on my blog because it lead me to yours! What a fantastic interview! and your header is wonderful!! 😀 xo

  14. Chrissy October 2, 2009 at 1:47 am #

    Love her favorit quote!!! All the best,Chrissy

  15. koralee October 2, 2009 at 1:50 am #

    Lovely post today…I think Eve is amazingly lovely! Great interview! Thanks so much!

  16. lori vliegen October 2, 2009 at 4:03 am #

    your blog is beautiful! i always wanted to be a ballerina (you've probably heard that a million times, haven't you?!)! thanks for visiting my blog the other day….i just love meeting new people!! :))

  17. ...elease... October 2, 2009 at 5:11 am #

    Thanks for commenting my blog. Your blog is full of information. Its awesome. Not only do be share a name but share a love for ballet. yay! Thanks again. I'll be sure to check your blog regularly.

  18. Gem October 2, 2009 at 10:44 am #

    Hi Elise,You have a lovely site here – I really enjoyed reading though this interview 🙂 Thank you for visiting my blog recently and leaving such a wonderful comment. It's always lovely to hear from new people and your comments were very much appreciated. Thank you, Gemma xxx