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Ben Davis

When did you first realise that ballet would be your career?
Relatively late, I was 18 before I really decided that it was a possibility. My teacher used to call me “flash in the pan boy”, totally gung-ho one minute and not so much the next. Then at 20 I really knuckled down and crammed as much training as humanly possible into the following two years.

You just played Paris in Romeo & Juliet – what was your favourite thing about the role?
My favourite thing would have to be the entrance to the Ice Palace, especially if I nailed that pirouette in arabesque. I was petrified of stacking it down the staircase night after night though. Being stabbed was pretty cool too, I've always wanted to die dramatically.

My make-up box is…
...not big enough! It's a bit like Mary Poppins' carpet bag in there, packing it up at the end of a season is no mean feat.

What are you most looking forward to in the 2012 season?
New York City! I've viewed many performances at Lincoln Center and it will be amazing to finally be on the other side of the curtain.

What’s your favourite instant-good-mood track right now?
‘Super Bass’ by Nicki Minaj. It's so tacky I love it! I was busted crumping to it in a towel by David McAllister after the opening night of R&J. Whoops!



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