‣ What is it that you most like about dancing with each other?
A: I feel very comfortable dancing with Margarita since we have known each other for a long time. It feels so natural to dance with someone for whom you have mutual trust and respect.
M: Just as António said, we have known each other since we were very young. We have built a relationship which enables us to find very special moments when we perform together. Also, we share the same ambitions and help each other constantly.
‣ What are some of the challenges of being in the spotlight at such a young age?
Well of course we have to be, and actually, hopefully we are – very aware of being a part of a team. And we have to be very aware of how what we do and say can be perceived. Hopefully we will have long careers ahead of us. We don’t want to step on toes, but of course we want to make the most of every opportunity.
A: I became used to being in the international spotlight from a young age. I had to learn to manage my relationships with friends and then to compete against them on stage. I think I was fortunate to have my school back in Leiria where we were all friends and students together and that gave me a normal life growing up.
M: Being the youngest soloists in a professional company has been an adjustment. We miss having friends our age.
‣ I imagine so! Plus, you’ve both missed out on being in the corps de ballet which is a significant step to a ballet dancers training.
M: It’s true. But here, soloists also have the opportunity to dance in the corps. All the women are so tall here, though, so I don’t always fit in. But I was lucky enough to have fill in a spot in Giselle as a Willi and to be cast as one of the four swans in Swan Lake. Plus, at our school, we really learned about how to dance as a group.
A: Although I haven’t had many opportunities – it’s different for boys than it is for girls – I got to jump into Diamonds which was so much fun! And I danced one of the four boys in Rubies. These experiences allowed me to get to know the other dancers better and to enjoy and be proud of the work that we achieved together.