Anna Romanova, Passionately Living Her Dream as a Professional Ballet Dancer

“Everyday's a fight and every day is overcoming. Competition is high, you constantly have to prove to yourself, your colleagues, ballet masters, and to the choreographers that you are capable of doing what is asked.”
-Anna Romanova

Anna Romanova, a professional ballet dancer from Siberia, fell in love with the dance during childhood. Her father was a ballet dancer himself, so Anna was always mesmerized as she watched several of his ballet performances. She went on to say, “I grew up watching all the ballet performances. The beautiful costumes, classical music, and dancers levitating in the air was very tempting.” Inspired to become a ballet dancer herself, she joined a professional ballet school at the age of nine.


After eight years of ballet school, Anna graduated and in further pursuit of her dreams of becoming a professional ballet dancer, she joined several ballet companies across Europe. “After 8 years of ballet school in Russia, I passed the selection for Rudra Béjart schools in Lausanne, Switzerland,” shared Anna, “Following my graduation, I moved to Germany, Frankfurt, for one year and after, joined Ballet Kiel for four seasons. During this period, I spent two months working in Tivoli, Copenhagen, Denmark. After Ballet Kiel, I joined TanzCompany Innsbruck, Austria, for three seasons. In 2018, I got a contract at Opera de Lyon, France.”


The professional ballet dancer, in addition to her contract with Opera de Lyon, has ventured into becoming a ballet teacher and teaches all ages. “I passed my teaching diploma last summer,” shared Anna, “This year I got some experience in a few dance schools around Lyon teaching different ages and levels. I also gave some master classes at the sports club and cultural centers.” Anna continued, “I prepare ballet classes based on the level of technique of dancers and their age. I try to choose exercises that are not only repetitive but also fun.”


When asked about what she loves most about being a ballet dancer, Anna replied, “Disconnection from the real world. You become a part of a very special bubble which is a safe space to explore the movement and its qualities.”


Anna shared that keeping motivated and in shape is the challenging part about being a dancer. “Sometimes you have to deal with physical pain and continue to perform nevertheless,” she shared, “Every day's a fight and every day is overcoming. Competition is high, you constantly have to prove to yourself, your colleagues, ballet masters, and to the choreographers that you are capable of doing what is asked.”


To keep motivated and inspired, Anna tried to watch a lot of different shows and performances, keep herself updated, and try to learn some new styles of dance and improvise. She went on to say, “Sometimes I just stay in the studio, put on my favorite music, and dance and forget about shapes and corrections for a moment. Her fitness routine involves heading to the gym, doing stretches and yoga when she has time between rehearsals. Her day starts off with a ballet class for warm up and preparation for the day.


When Anna isn’t dancing, she enjoys reading and traveling, and is currently completing her degree in psychology!


Our Favorite Questions

Do you have any ballet tips you’d like to share with aspiring ballerina’s?

Warm up. Hydrate. Stretch after the show or rehearsal.”


Any advice you’d like to share with our readers?

“It’s important to find joy in whatever you’re doing. And sometimes it’s good to just take a moment and remember why you started.”

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