But she made it work and found accommodation for me. So, as of Monday I was a student at The Royal Ballet School. That evening, they needed a student to hold the tray with cups in the hunt scene in Sleeping Beauty. So on my first day I was on stage with Darcey Bussell and all these incredible stars that I had watched on video and idolised.’
Talent, hard work and luck
‘As I see it your career is a three legged stool, you need talent, you need to have hard work, extreme hard work, and you need to have luck. You can’t have it unbalanced, you need all three.
Since I’ve been dancing principal roles I’ve had Leslie Collier as my coach. She was an incredible artist herself and worked extensively with Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan. When I’m coached by her it’s totally unselfish. She doesn’t hold onto any secrets: what she knows she passes on to help you develop in your own way.
In a profession like this where you practically wear your heart on your sleeve, you need a coach that understands you as a person–I call her my ballet mom!’
Social media a fantastic way to communicate
Steven McRae loves social media. ‘For me it’s a fantastic way to communicate. I have contact with young dancers who are asking me questions and I get to watch what other dancers are doing and learn from them.