My name is Arianna Maldini. I am 19 years old and I was born in Rimini. I started dancing at Aulos Danza Rimini, a small school where I live. I was offered a scholarship for The Accademia Teatro Alla Scala in 2009 throughout a competition. I attended the school in Milan for four years.
During the summer I took an audition for The Royal Ballet School. I was offered a place there so as soon after I was on my way to London. Honestly I will never forget those days, because in a few hours I had to decide whether to go or not in London.
It was a memorable experience, having the opportunity to visit a foreign city where I had never been before; maybe it was a sign of destiny, but I noticed immediately something that still amaze me, in London. The Arts are valued a lot more, Ballet and all sort of Arts are not taken for grunted even if it’s a big city.
I joined the first year of the Upper School and now, in July, three years later, I’ve graduated.
Last year I participated in a school competition for choreographers (Ursula Moreton Competition) and I won with great satisfaction and lots of amazing feedbacks from my teachers and director.
But my biggest achievement so far I got it a few months ago, when the director of the Royal Ballet, Kevin O’Hore, offered me a contract as a professional dancer. Obviously this is everyones dream, but only to four girls was given this amazing opportunity. I’m very happy to have achieved my first goal, and I feel doubly proud to be the only Italian to be part of the The Royal Ballet Corps de Ballet, one of the most famous dance companies in the world!
What’s the first memory of when you started?
I was 6 years old when it was the first time I put my feet in a dance studio . Only the idea of wearing a leotard, ballet shoes and having to make a bun, thrilled me. What I remember is that the first day when the teacher asked me to improvise on a some classical music.
Even if I didn’t know any step of classical dance, music inspired me to start moving almost without noticing, with the result that at the end of the exercise, the teacher was already amazed by my ability .
What made you realize that ballet was the right thing for you?
At first, when I attended the lessons in my local school, I only thought of dance as a hobby and a good way to spend time with my friends.
It was only when I made the choice to move to Milan to attend the Accademia Teatro La Scala I realized that dance was what I wanted to do in my future. I still remember after watching the ballet “Giselle” at the Teatro Alla Scala for the first time, I was enchanted and even more convinced that ballet was the right thing for me.
What’s the first memory that comes to your mind when you think of ballet?
My parents always tell me that even when I was so young and I could barely walk I was already moving to the sound of music, I have lots of old videos of me dancing around the house.
Every time we had dinners with family or some friends they would always end with my performance. Music is fundamental for me, it is something that triggers in me the passion and the love I have for dancing.
What’s your dream role? What make it so special for you?
A role that I would absolutely love to interpretate is Swan Lake. Even as a child I always loved it, but growing up and maturing as a dancer I realized how exciting and interesting it would be to play two different roles with completely opposite characters such as the White Swan and Black Swan. Having the possibility to to experiment with different character but at the same time showing the pure classical technique that this ballet requires is why I consider it a special role and I’ll be honored to perform it.