Why did you start to dance?
Oh, my mother could not afford a baby sitter, so she put me into the ballet school when I was two years. I had no idea what I was doing! When I was seven I did both hip hop and latin and ballroom dancing, and I was a finalist at the Swedish Championships when I was 15. I started training ballet at eleven, to improve my ballroom dancing.
I realized that ballet was an easier way to make a living as a dancer. So I moved to Stockholm and finished my education at the Royal Swedish Ballet School. I was in the finals of the competition in Mora – where Madeleine was a member of the jury.
I was then engaged at the Ljubljana Opera. After three years the director in Ljubljana was leaving and I wanted to move on.
I heard that Mukhamedov was coming and I thought it would be a great chance to work for him. That was the best thing I have done, because from him and his family I learned a lot and got many fine chances.
Frank Andersen and Dinna Bjørn came to Ljubljana and put up La Sylphide and I got the role of Gurn, which proved that I could be a useful on stage.
I also liked Mukhamedov's style of leadership. I got more roles, which helped me to improve. Everything I know is because of them!
I got to dance the leads in Sleeping Beauty and Romeo and Juliet, Balanchine's Apollo and Basilio in Don Quijote, which I never thought I would do.
When Mukhamedovs left the company I decided also to leave. I made auditions in Stockholm and Hong Kong. I had looked up to Madeleine already when I was in ballet school, so I wanted to work with her and took the chance to live in Asia for several years. That was a real adventure!
Now I am looking forward to dance in Helsinki!
3 Sep 2018