Maria Eichwald

//Maria Eichwald

Maria Eichwald

Maria would sometimes take class with Gauthier Dance when the Stuttgart Ballet was off – it was always such a treat! I have never seen a classical dancer with such precise control of her technique. Maria is clean. I’m talking no hops, shakes, or hesitations. Nothing can knock Maria off pointe once she has decided to stay. Add dynamic movement quality and musicality, and you have Maria. Nobody is perfect, but if one could be close to that… in a classical way… in my opinion, Maria is pretty close. Anyone who has seen her perform knows what I am talking about – such a confidence and determination on stage and in the studio!

I would try to copy her in class…challenge myself to stay if she stayed… and use the whole 4 counts to developé. I was getting somewhere, but let’s face it (warning: excuses ahead): you can see that she is a natural. She has been dancing that way for a long time. I mean… I haven’t given up, I just need to get back into class with her once in a while……

Maria didn’t say much, so you can imagine my surprise when one day after class, she walked over to me and said “You are a beautiful dancer.” I paused… probably for too long (in NYC we call that gagging), as a million different responses raced through my head. I finally decided on… “Thank you Maria.” Her words gave me a huge boost of inspiration. Such a silly thing, I know, but it is not something I hear after class… ever. Especially from a Prima Ballerina! I know I am no Baryshnikov, but I am human and remembering this moment always makes me smile.

Thank you Maria for your inspiration.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? Did you always want to do what you’re doing now?

I wanted to become a ballerina since I was 7 years old. I saw swan lake on TV. I started dancing when I was 9 years old. If I had not started dance, I would have tried to be a pianist or a painter.

Maria’s Favorite Things


To eat?

Spaghetti Vongole


The Master and Margarita from Mikhail Bulgakov


Dangerous Liaisons

Ballets, Dance Piece or Musical?

Lady of the Camellias, Onegin, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet

I like dancers who…

… can change their expression and individuality on stage. When I really see the person in the role.

Something you like to do other than your current job?

I only want to dance…

One of the happiest moments in your life?

One of my happiest moments in my life was when after 2 years of being injured, I started to dance again.

 Dear aspiring artists,

Work hard, but keep pleasure in what you are doing….Ballet is wonderful. It will never die.

–Maria Eichwald

 Photo Journal



Rehearsal for Onegin with Manuel Legris

Rehearsal for Onegin with Manuel Legris

Romeo and Juliet with Friedemann Vogel at the Stuttgart Ballet

Giselle with Friedemann Vogel ©Stuttgarter Ballett

"Kameliendame" with Friedemann Vogel

“Kameliendame” with Friedemann Vogel

Onegin with Roberto Bolle  at the Teatro alla Scala in 2012.

Onegin with Roberto Bolle at the Teatro alla Scala in 2012

Maria with Damiano Pettenella in Der Sandmann by Christian Spuck

Maria with Damiano Pettenella in Der Sandmann by Christian Spuck ©Stuttgarter Ballett


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Armando Braswell
Armando Braswell is a soloist dancer and international guest teacher from New York City. Armando received his Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Dance from the Juilliard School in 2006. Throughout his career, Armando has been fortunate enough to work with many great choreographers, and perform with professional companies in Europe and America. Armando founded Interview en l’air as a portal for networking and stimulating dance makers at the international level and as an inspiration and impetus to the discourse on dance and debates on the topics of dance professionals and artists and what drives them. In addition to his artistic activities, Armando is also active in the journalistic field . The importance of this work , which gives an insight into the thoughts and inspiration of dance artists worldwide , and which he publishes regularly in his series Interview en l’air , is of a big importance and enriching the world of dance with special human perspectives on the creative horizon of dance artists .


  1. Walter September 17, 2013 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    One of the most expressive and beautiful ballerinas on stage. Love her.

  2. Luca September 20, 2013 at 8:20 am - Reply

    ……love her………….
    She is to admire…………

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