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Jun 142013
 

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Yosvani Ramos 365x500 Yosvani Ramos answers the Gramilano Questionnaire… Dancers’ EditionWhen did you start dan­cing?
When I was 10 years old in my homet­own of Camagüey, Cuba.

Why did you start dan­cing?
I was bored in school and a teacher came look­ing for kids for bal­let school and I put my hand up as I thought it would be good to get out of the classroom. I didn’t really know what bal­let was but some­thing told me to raise my hand.

Which dan­cer inspired you most as a child?
Firstly Bar­bara Gar­cia, a Cuban Prin­cipal who danced with Bal­let de Camagüey, Vic­tor Ullate and then National Bal­let of Cuba. The things she could do tech­nic­ally!!! Then of course !!!

Which dan­cer do you most admire?
So many!! But firstly my friend Cyn­thia Har­vey who was an incred­ible baller­ina but also it’s such an amaz­ing and gen­er­ous per­son. Bary­sh­nikov my idol, and because of her clev­erness and her work. She puts so much thought into her dan­cing and I really appre­ci­ate that.

What’s your favour­ite role?
Romeo hands down and I also loved dan­cing Des Grieux in Manon. You see, lots of people see me mainly for the cheeky tech­nical roles like Basilio and Franz but I really enjoy dan­cing the romantic leads.

What role have you never played but would like to?
Lensky in One­gin.

What’s your favour­ite bal­let to watch?
One­gin.

Who is your favour­ite cho­reo­grapher?
Mac­Mil­lan and Balanchine.

Who is your favour­ite writer?
Dan Brown.

Who is your favour­ite dir­ector?
Steven Spiel­berg. Whatever he touches becomes magic. But I’m also a big fan of Buz Luhr­mann. The cine­ma­to­graphy and music on his movies are always gorgeous.

Who is your favour­ite actor?
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Who is your favour­ite singer?
Celine Dion.

What is your favour­ite book?
The Secret. It changed my life!!

What is your favour­ite film?
Pretty Woman, Not­ting Hill and The Help. Could watch them over and over again.

Which is your favour­ite city?
Lon­don of course!

What do you like most about your­self?
When I know what I want I go for it.

What do you dis­like about your­self?
I over-think everything too much.

What was your proudest moment?
So many! But off the top of my head my last per­form­ance with The . I danced Basilio in Nureyev’s at the and I had so many friends in the audi­ence! The energy was incred­ible and I felt the love and the sup­port from the audi­ence and the dan­cers onstage like never had in my whole career. Also, online, I got so many mes­sages from ballet-goers say­ing how sorry they were that I was leav­ing and that I was their favour­ite dan­cer in the com­pany, which is a big com­pli­ment in a com­pany with so many amaz­ing dancers.

When and where were you hap­pi­est?
Last time I was in NYC a few weeks ago.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My mum.

What is your greatest fear?
To die before I fall in love. I have never been in love, believe it or not.

If you could change one thing about your­self, what would it be?
My height. I wish I was 6 feet tall. Things in my career would have been easier not that I can com­plain with the career I’ve had so far!!

What do you con­sider your greatest achieve­ment?
My career.

What is your most treas­ured pos­ses­sion?
All my bal­let pic­tures and videos.

What is your greatest extra­vag­ance?
Trav­el­ling. I’m always trav­el­ling! I’m always somewhere.

What do you con­sider the most over­rated vir­tue?
I’m too gen­er­ous some­times with people who doesn’t deserve it.

On what occa­sion do you lie?
I prefer not to say any­thing then to tell a lie. I don’t say I’ve never lied but I try to be truth­ful espe­cially the older I get.

If you hadn’t been a dan­cer what would you have liked to be?
A singer or an actor.

What is your most marked char­ac­ter­istic?
I think I’m easy to get along with that’s why I make friends so easily.

What qual­ity do you most value in a friend?
Honesty.

What qual­ity do you most value in a col­league?
Camaraderie.

Which his­tor­ical fig­ure do you most admire?
Lincoln.

Which liv­ing per­son do you most admire?
Obama.

What do you most dis­like?
To be deceived.

What tal­ent would you most like to have?
Being able to sing like some of the cre­ates sing­ers out there.

What’s your idea of per­fect hap­pi­ness?
Hav­ing a lov­ing part­ner, a dog and being in a com­pany where I’m loved and appreciated.

How would you like to die?
Quick and pain­less, but not till I’m like 80 or some­thing (laughs).

What is your motto?
Don’t do to oth­ers what you don’t want to be done to you.

Yos­vani Ramos — a biography

Ramos was born to Juan Ramos Barba and Gisela Fontes Lopez in Camagüey, Cuba. He stud­ied dance at the Voca­tional School of Arts there from 1989, and in 1994 won the gold medal at the Vig­n­ale Fest­ival of Dance. He was then admit­ted to study bal­let at the School under the dir­ec­tion of Ramona de Sáa, gradu­at­ing in 1997.

In Septem­ber 1997 Ramos joined the Jeune Bal­let de France, a French tour­ing com­pany. Star­ted by Robert Berthier with the assist­ance of Rosella Hightower, the dan­cers trained for three months and toured for nine — a Pro­fes­sional Year type of train­ing. Ramos remained with the com­pany for two years, leav­ing in April 1999 for the . He per­formed Nureyev’s Swan Lake as a surnuméraire (extra mem­ber of the corps de ballet).

Ramos was invited to join Eng­lish National Bal­let as a soloist in August 1999 by , and was pro­moted to senior soloist in 2000, then prin­cipal in 2003 after a per­form­ance of Cop­pélia at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre.

The Aus­tralian Bal­let had only two male prin­cipals at the end of 2007, and artistic dir­ector David McAl­lister invited Ramos to join the com­pany as a prin­cipal artist from Feb­ru­ary 2008. He also had many oppor­tun­it­ies to per­form as a guest artist out­side Aus­tralia, fre­quently tak­ing The Aus­tralian Ballet’s Leanne Sto­j­menov as his part­ner. Ramos left The Aus­tralian Bal­let in April 2013.

  2 Responses to “Yosvani Ramos answers the Gramilano Questionnaire… Dancers’ Edition”

  1. Yos­vani, we miss you in Aus­tralia! Come back soon.

  2. We loved him here in Lon­don too. He is obvi­ously ideal for those spark­ling roles, but I love him cry­ing too! (see pic above). Thanks for a reveal­ing interview.

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