The Sydney Morning Herald's Frequent flyer column talked to Yosvani Ramos, principal artist with the Australian Ballet.
How often are you on the road as principal artist for the Australian Ballet?
A lot. For example, this year we went to Adelaide, Sydney, Hamilton Island – where I danced at the resort Qualia as part of the evening Pas de Deux in Paradise – and I just came back from touring regional Victoria and NSW.
The most challenging part of travel?
Packing the right amount of stuff. I always take too much with me…
… Where is home?
I'm from Camaguey, Cuba, but home now is in Melbourne. My family is in Cuba. I'm very close to my mum, dad and sister and I visit them every January. I left Cuba in 1997 and danced for two years in Paris, nine years in London and I've been in Australia for more than three years…
… Your career highlight so far?
Dancing with the Paris Opera Ballet, English National Ballet and now the Australian Ballet, which I think is the highlight.
What is your greatest indulgence while travelling?
Shopping, especially Abercrombie & Fitch in the US. I always go crazy when I'm there and buy lots … I also only wear their cologne Fierce.
read all Jane Reddy's interview via Frequent flyer
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman's Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia' column for Dancing Times magazine.