The prima ballerina on broccoli, baths and how she keeps that bun in place.
It's "The Nutcracker" season and wide-eyed children everywhere are filing sugarplum fairies away in their earliest holiday memories. But for Argentine-born Paloma Herrera, who celebrated 20 years with the American Ballet Theatre this summer, the Tchaikovsky classic is just the next curtain call in the whirlwind life of a prima ballerina. Before taking the stage in ABT's version (debuting December 14 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music), we spoke with Herrera about dedicating herself to dance 24/7.
I usually begin with Company class in the morning for an hour and a half. Then I’ll have several hours of rehearsal throughout the day. If we’re performing, I’ll start to prepare and then have the performance at 8 p.m. until 11 p.m.
Secret to ballerina bun perfection:
Garnier Fructis Shine Glossing Spray. It makes my hair shine for performances and prevents frizziness.
I always wear Bloch when I’m dancing.
Where she feels most at home:
New York, because I feel at home as an artist. And Buenos Aires, because I have my family and friends there.
What we’d be surprised to find in her fridge?
Nothing! I always eat very healthy and basic food.
Why a 6-year-old would hate her diet:
I love broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts. I usually steam them.
All-time favorite place to dance:
Best insider tip from an instructor:
"Be happy with yourself."
Sushi in Japan.
Her latest obsession:
Vinyasa and Bikram yoga.
Why you shouldn’t invite her on a cruise:
I don’t take vacations. I really love what I do!
Best gift she’s ever received:
To be able to dance.
What totally relaxes her:
Listening to music, reading and a hot bath.
Libraries or e-books?
Number one reason for taking care of her body:
To prevent injures and because it just makes me feel good.
If she weren't a dancer, she would be:
Um, I have no idea.
Message she’d like to send the world. (Only catch: It has to be 140 characters or less.):
To be very generous and think about others to make the world a better place.