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60 seconds with... Rachael Gillespie

Tell us something about your home town

My home town is just outside of Swindon, it’s a gorgeous medieval market town with a warm feel to it. It’s filled with local pubs and shops so everyone knows each other – I love it!

What keeps you motivated?

Knowing how lucky I am to have a job that I love and that I am always inspired by others around me.

Tell us a funny ballet story

I have so many! I guess the funniest one would have to be from Dangerous Liaisons. It was the end of a group scene and me partner and I had a small section at the end where I was lifted into a jeté – however during the dance my costume had slowly come undone so by the end I was left to jeté with my partner in just my top and pants whilst my skirt sat happily at the back of the stage! I’ll never forget the look on a friend’s face watching as a character on stage!

What would you do on your ideal day off?

I love spending time with my family and friends!

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

Anything Chinese! My mother is originally from Hong Kong so her cooking has definitely been a huge influence on me. I also love to bake!

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

Pride & Prejudice. I’ve always loved reading the book and have watched the TV series/movies countless times!

What is your TV viewing guilty pleasure?

Guilty to say – Say yes to the dress! I’m wedding planning so that’s allowed right!?

What film makes you laugh out loud?

Rush Hour

Name a skill you’d like to learn?

To be able to play the piano.

If you could time travel, where and when would you go and why?

It would have to be the Regency period. I love the architecture, the history, the clothing and the romantic stories of that time.

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

Vietnam – there’s so much to explore and try there.

Do you have a favourite quote?

‘Love your life, be happy…and keep smiling. Just live for yourself and before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you prey, forgive. Before you hurt, feel. Before you hate, love. Before you quit, try. Before you die, live.’ William Shakespeare

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