Cupcakes & Conversation with Hikaru Kobayashi, First Soloist, The Royal Ballet

Cupcakes & Conversation
Cupcakes & Conversation with Hikaru Kobayashi, First Soloist, The Royal Ballet

What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ?
A nice big breakfast!

What are you looking forward to dancing this season ?
Of course it has to be Aurora (from The Sleeping Beauty)!

Who would you most like to dance with ?
My husband (Royal Ballet Principal dancer Federico Bonelli)!

How do you prepare your pointe shoes ?
I make sure that the platforms of my pointe shoes are flat, and I sew around to keep the shape of the platform.

What is your daily routine at the moment ?
I wake up at 8am, around 9:45 floor barre to warm up , 10:30 class, 12:00 to 18:30 rehearsals…

Hikaru Kobayashi

You can ask six famous people to dinner – who would you invite ?
Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay, Joel Rebouchon, Alain Ducasse, Heston Blumenthal, Marco Pierre White. And of course they would cook for me!!

What would surprise people about you ?
When I was a little girl, I was a bit of a tomboy. I played football, rugby and basketball.

Who inspired you to dance ?
There are many good dancers who each inspire me in different ways.

How would someone else describe you ?
No idea.

What is your best piece of advice ?
Eat well, don’t give up!!

Which role has tested you the most & how ?
Gamzatti, (from La Bayadère). It was not only a dancing role, it was an acting role too.

If you designed your own stage costume, what would you create ?
I would need to be inspired by the music and the dancers before creating a costume.

What are you most proud of ?
I am proud of being a professional ballet dancer.

Who would play you in the film of your life ?
Myself ?

Hikaru Kobayashi

What is your favourite quote ?
“The ballet is a purely female thing; it is a woman, a garden of beautiful flowers, and man is the gardener” (by George Balanchine)

Do you have a ‘signature step’ – one that comes naturally to you ?
No, everything in ballet is hard!!!!

A phrase I use far too often is … ?
“I don’t know!”

Do you have a secret skill which no-one knows about ?
Yes…It is a secret….

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10 Responses to Cupcakes & Conversation with Hikaru Kobayashi, First Soloist, The Royal Ballet

  1. gleenn November 1, 2009 at 10:15 am #

    great photos and great interviews. i always love to read interviews of people especially those who are gifted 😉

  2. CelticWoman November 1, 2009 at 1:26 pm #

    charming interview, so very talented. Sandi

  3. AudreyAllure November 1, 2009 at 2:56 pm #

    haha i love how her responses are short & sweet. and i love that quote.

  4. lori vliegen November 1, 2009 at 8:34 pm #

    what a beautiful dancer she is!! thanks for sharing this interview series!! 🙂

  5. Maria November 1, 2009 at 11:36 pm #

    I love the interviews… such a great addition to your blog!

  6. Petergaye S. Kisielewicz/ Yahgie November 1, 2009 at 11:59 pm #

    Great interview. Very talented she is a graceful dancer.

  7. noomiedoodlesfashion November 2, 2009 at 12:18 pm #

    love the interview, short & sweet.!

  8. Couture Cookie November 2, 2009 at 3:53 pm #

    I love reading your interviews and especially the part on how to prep your pointes… it's so much fun hearing everyone's little personal routine.

  9. Elise November 7, 2009 at 5:54 pm #

    gleenn – thank you very much; good to hear that you enjoy the interviewsCelticWoman – thank youAudreyAllure – it is a great quotelori vliegen – you are most welcome, and I'm delighted that you are enjoying them. there is much more to come !Maria – thank you, you're very kind to say so !Petergaye S. Kisielewicz/ Yahgie – thank younoomiedoodlesfashion – some of them are !Couture Cookie – I always thought that was a question that the dancers were never asked and as it's such a big part of their dancing lives I could never understand why ! So hey presto….

  10. jenuinejems November 16, 2009 at 3:50 am #

    So lovely! It's so interesting to get to *know* someone you may not have ever met…