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Karen Nanasca

Contemporary or classical – which is more you, and why?
I enjoy both, however if I were forced to choose I would pick contemporary. I love working with movement that has a little more freedom and abandon. I enjoy the choreographic process too, where you get to experiment and create movement without the boundaries of classical ballet repertoire.  
How does it feel to be a Telstra Ballet Dancer Award nominee?
It is an honour to be nominated for the award this year. The past winners of the award are all such amazing dancers, and even to be considered for such an accolade is quite humbling. I'm looking forward to the new experiences and challenges the award adds to the year - it is such an exciting thing to be a part of!
What’s your favourite ever onstage moment?
Last year I was part of Daniel Gaudiello's Bodytorque piece South of Eden. The music and choreography were so beautiful together. I loved dancing the pas de deux and pas de trois, and Daniel came up with some really exhilarating lifts. At the end of the ballet, the curtain came down as I was doing a pirouette en pointe holding on to a rope. I've never done so many turns before, I think I could keep spinning for a good 15 seconds!  
If you could step on a plane right now, where would you go?
To an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora. I've never been there before but I could imagine it would be quite something!

The perfect breakfast?
Avocado, lemon and cracked pepper on sourdough toast with a glass of orange juice.



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