Rachele Buriassi comes from Sarzana in Italy. She started dancing at the early age of 4 at Scuola di Danza 4° Movimento - a little private school in her hometown. At 11 years old, she moved to Cannes in France to attend the Professional Ballet Academy of Rosella Hightower and at 14 years old she moved to Stuttgart to study at the John Cranko Ballet School. She graduated at 18 years old and immediately joined the Stuttgart Ballet where she danced for a total of 9 years and was promoted to Second Soloist and then to First Soloist. Rachele now lives in Boston and dances with the Boston Ballet where she is a Soloist.
If you could describe what type of dancer you are with just three words, what would they be?
I have been told my dancing is expressive, powerful and fluid.
What has been one of your favourite experiences on stage so far?
I have had many great experiences throughout my career but I think one of my favourites must be when I danced Odette & Odile in John Cranko’s Swan Lake.
What is your personal strength as a dancer?
I think my main strength is my upper body work. I am lucky to have very beautiful arms and port de bras, however I did work really hard for this!
Photo by Fabio Gianardi
Is there a specific choreographer that inspires you?
My favourite of all choreographers is Jiri Kylian.
Do you have a favourite theatre to perform in?
I have been lucky enough to have danced in many amazing theatres around the world so it’s hard to choose one in particular, but i’d have to say dancing at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow was very unique.
How would you describe the difference between a rehearsal and a show?
I think the difference is, when you rehearse you are mostly concentrating on learning the choreography and the technical aspects of how to perfect the movement. When it’s time to perform, everything should be ready. This is the moment where you have to focus on the artistic elements, and also maybe forget about everything else to just be present, to really enjoy that fantastic moment on stage.
Is being a professional ballet dancer anything like you imagined it to be when you were training?
I always knew that being a professional dancer would be hard, but at first I did not imagine it to be exactly the way it is. It can definitely take a toll on your mind. I’d say i’m very lucky to live a life i’m so passionate about but it’s really important to love it, to be focused and determined in order to sustain a career as a professional dancer.
Rachele Buriassi @BostonBallet
Do you focus on specific exercises along side your daily training, rehearsals and performances?
I don’t focus on any specific exercises but I do concentrate on my weaknesses and try and challenge them daily.
Are you conscientious about nutrition and how you fuel your body?
I’ve noticed it’s very easy in our job to fall into bad habits of nutrition. I feel within the last few years there has been a higher demand for skinnier Ballerinas. With our crazy schedules we have to eat well to have energy in order to work optimally, and with experience you realise how important it is to be healthy. I prefer to see a healthy ‘woman’ ballerina on stage, and my secret is a bit of everything is good for you.
How do you go about relaxing and taking time away from your active lifestyle?
In my free time there are a lot of things I like to do. Mostly spending time with my boyfriend, going to museums, walking and reading. I also enjoy shopping and going to restaurants with friends. I’m a summer person too, so I love the beach 'when I can go' I guess this is because i’m Italian!
How do you images life after dance?
I have many ideas and projects in my head for the future. Time will tell.