A week in the life of Giselle's Beatriz Stix-Brunell

The American ballet dancer takes us behind the scenes of The Royal Ballet’s production

American dancer Beatriz Stix-Brunell trained at the Paris Opéra Ballet School and privately with Fabrice Herrault. At the age of 14, she joined Christopher Wheeldon's company, Morphoses.

She joined The Royal Ballet in 2010 and is now a First Soloist.

She has just finished dancing in The Nutcracker and is currently performing in The Royal Ballet’s run of Giselle at the Royal Opera House from 19 January to 9 March. She will also dance the role of Perdita in The Winter’s Tale on 15 February, 5 and 13 March.

Propping up the barre

BSB: "Every day starts at the barre! We have a company class every morning to get us ready for the day ahead."

Feat. feet

BSB: "Sideline views of the wonderwomen of The Royal Ballet – Giselle Act II in rehearsal."

BSB: "Views of the shoes during a run of Giselle‘s second act – the Kingdom of the Wilis. These are spirits of women who have been betrayed by their men."

Christmas is not over!

BSB: "Even when Christmas has come and gone, the holiday magic still lives on – here The Nutcracker is in full swing on stage."

That'll do icely

BSB: "There’s nothing better, after wearing pointe shoes all day, than icing these footsies to take any swelling away."

Hair we go again

BSB: "The Sugar Plum wig sits on a fake head before it gets to mine! Seen here in all its glittery glory!"

Mirror mirror on the wall…

BSB: "Spying on Hannah during her pre-show prep!"

Signed, sealed, delivered

BSB: "After I’ve sugared the Plum it’s always the most gratifying feeling to go to Stage Door and meet the people who came especially to see you dance."