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60 seconds with...Isadora Valero Meza

Tell us something about your home town. 

I was born in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela; a tropical country with immense biodiversity, happy people, great gastronomy and some of the most amazing and unique landscapes one can ever see.

What keeps you motivated?

My family, the adrenaline of dance and the beauty of movement.

Tell us a funny ballet story.

In The Nutcracker with another Company there was a real cake on stage which the dancers had to eat but one time someone put salt on it but everyone had to keep eating it anyway. They had to wait until they were off stage before they could have a drink of water to get rid of the taste!

How do you like to relax?

Going to the beach when it is possible or going for a coffee with a good book to read.

Can you cook? If so, what’s your signature dish?

I love to cook and experiment with cooking. My signature dish would be salmon carpaccio.

What book/story/movie would you like to see created into a ballet?

The Perfume.

What is your TV viewing guilty pleasure?

It changes constantly!

What film always makes you cry?

The Notebook.

If you could have a Hollywood star best friend who would it be and why?

Johnny Depp is one of my favourite actors. I admire his acting career and the charity work he does. I think he could be a fun and interesting personality.

Name a skill you’d like to learn?

To sing and to ice-skate.

If you were invisible for a day, what would you do?

One day I would like to be inside the United Nations in New York to observe every debate about the diverse conflicts that humanity has been going through.

Name one place in the world you haven’t been to but would like to go to and what would you do there?

To travel around the world is a must do for me. Right now I would like to go to Cappadocia and fly over the incredible world heritage site inside a hot air balloon.

What would the title of your autobiography be?

‘Do not let’. It’s the title of my favourite poem by Walt Whitman.

What piece of advice would you pass on to your 16 year old self?

‘Life begins at the end of your comfort zone’ Neale Donald Walsh.

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