Bayerisches Staatsballett Munich´s Primaballerina Lucia Lacarra in Interview with Armando Braswell
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How do you warm up before class?
I always try to be in the studio around half an hour before class. I do a lot of abdominals. I force myself to do class in point shoes everyday, so I also have to warm up my feet.
How to stay fresh and positive about taking class everyday?
Class is our base. I take each class as new start... no matter how yesterday was. I never miss a class. Personally, I absolutely love the barre portion of class. I get really into it. It is an half an hour of the day where you can totally concentrate on what you are doing. I think I am the most serious person doing barre anywhere...it is a very peaceful moment for me.
Do you have a special "outside of dance" treatment for your body?
When I am working normally I don't do anything extra. I don't even like to get massages. When I am injured I do Gyrotonic...I should also do it when I am not injured. I have a magical Osteopath in Munich for all my other problems.
Do you have any weird rituals before class or a show?
I keep certain photos and little presents in my dressing room. Some of the items I have had since I was sixteen years old. No matter where I am in the world, I feel at home because I have those things with me.
Photos: privat Archive, Lucia Lacarra as Nikiya in La Bayadère, Photo by Wilfried Hösl