From Student to Star | The Royal Ballet’s Tomáš Mock
Tomáš Mock is one of only three students at The Royal Ballet School to be offered a contract with the company (the others are Claudia Dean and Francesca Hayward). It’s a great achievement and yet, as you can read here, Mock is ready for more challenges and to grow as an artist. I mentioned Mock in my review of this year’s Annual Performance and I’ll be keeping an eye on his progress!
You’ve accepted a contract with The Royal Ballet. How did that come about?
I had got my contract by the end of March and by then I had done some of the auditions I had planned, but none of the places where I was auditioning made their decision right way. They told me to keep in touch and that they would contact me as soon as possible. Nothing was for sure for me during that time until I was told that The Royal Ballet would like to offer me a place in the company. It was no brainer for me to accept such an amazing offer.
What do you know of the company and how it works?
During my graduating year at the school I got the opportunity to work with the company quite a lot. Apart from performing I also had the chance to work with some of the ballet masters too. This was the time when I got to know the company a bit better and managed to make few friends as well. The repertoire that The Royal Ballet offers is very varied and unique. The company is constantly working on something new, something that hasn’t been seen before.
Claudia Dean with Tomas Mock and Francesca Hayward on graduation day in July. All three secured contracts to The Royal Ballet. Photograph : Brian Slater
What are you most looking forward to about joining the Company?
The most exciting thing for me is the fact I will be able to dance on a stage with some of the greatest dancers in the world. Other than that, I am also looking forward to working in new environment with new people.
How do you think Company life will differ from your student days?
I think once you are in a company, you become more responsible for yourself. You have to look after your body more and try not to make bad decisions that could affect your health in the future. While as a student there are teachers to help you out with problems, as member of a company you have got to learn how to become a coach to yourself.
What do you think you will bring to the Company?
As far as dance is concerned I consider myself as a reliable person and I would like people to know that they can count on me. Looking further ahead, I will do my best to compete with other top dancers in the world.
Claudia Dean and Tomas Mock in Fractals from 2010 Photograph : Johan Persson
How do you imagine your first day going?
I hope I will have the chance to introduce myself to others and will get to know the company life a bit better.
Which role would you most like to dance and with whom?
Spartacus has always been on top of my list. I like this ballet very much and I admired Spartacus as a character since I was just a kid. I haven’t thought of a specific partner yet but it should be someone who I can trust to and who would trust me as well.
What would you say to those students entering their Graduate year now?
It’s very important for dancers in their graduate year to take good care of their lifestyle. In my opinion, ballet is often more demanding than any other sport and we’ve got to respect it. Good nutrition, the right way of spending your rest time and mental discipline should make your journey through this year a lot easier.
Where would you like to be this time next year; how will you measure your progress over the year?
I am aware of the fact that certain parts of my dancing need improvement and I will do my best to take my dancing to the next level.