Why did you return to Uruguay and join the Ballet Nacional Sodre, after being at American Ballet Theatre for nearly 14 years?
I’d been a soloist for 10 years and had danced a lot of great roles. But there were so many more I wanted to experience. Then Julio Bocca invited me to come down here. I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity being offered while I could still make the most of it. And I knew Julio was doing great things.
What have been some of your favorite roles since your return?
Dancing Kitri in Don Quixote gave me a huge amount of joy. I was so afraid of that role, because I’ve never considered myself a bravura dancer, but I faced my fear and it turned out well. And Swan Lake—it’s the ballet that consecrates a true ballerina. I considered myself more of an Odette, but Odile was a happy surprise; I opened a door to a part of myself that had been hidden away.
What do you like most about being back in Montevideo?
I sort of fell back in love with it. I have a more laid-back life here: I have a car, and my family is nearby. After a day of rehearsals, I can call my sister and go over and visit my niece, even for 10 minutes. And I live a block from the water.
What is it like working for your former colleague, Julio Bocca?
People respect him so much. The temperature changes when he walks into a studio. But we have a friendship outside of the company, and I like being able to keep the two things separate, to have that respect for him while also being able to go out and have a beer and talk about things totally unrelated to ballet.
Your father was a rancher, and Uruguay is famous for its asado (barbecue). Do you have a favorite cut of beef?
Asado de tira (strip of short ribs), or a nice colita de cuadril (tri-tip).
What would you like to do after you stop dancing?
I like to teach and coach, and I’ve started putting together dance workshops. But I’d also like to live in a city I’ve never lived in before, for
a year. Maybe Barcelona—I love it there.
You’re quite active on social media. What function does it fulfill for you?
At first I was against it, because I thought it was all about promoting yourself. But then I had some conversations with Daniil Simkin, who is very active on social media. I’ve come to realize how important it is to stay connected. Just an example: I went to see a Paul Taylor performance here. I was so happy afterwards that I tweeted about it, and all the dancers responded to my tweet. It brings us all closer together.