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Body and soul: Valeria Alvarez

My parents were . . . always very good to me. They have been very supportive in my career as a dancer since I was a child. They bought me my first pair of dancing shoes and paid all my expenses. My dad is dead now but he is always in my heart and I love my mom so very much.

The house I grew up in . . . is in Buenos Aires and was lovely and warm and always filled with laughter. I have older brothers and sisters and they were always very protective of me.

When I was a child I wanted to be . . . a dancer and a mother. I was always playing with my dolls as if they were my daughters! I loved being active all the time and I especially loved dancing for my grandmother.

If I could change one thing about myself . . . I would like to be a more patient person, but I guess I can work on that and I am constantly trying to improve myself.

You wouldn’t know it but I’m very good at . . . teaching. I teach ballet, Pilates and, of course, tango!

You may not know it but I’m no good at . . . singing. I don’t know why but people always assume that dancers can sing, but I really can’t! Although I know I’m not a good singer, I really do love karaoke, which drives my family and friends crazy when I take the microphone!

At night I dream . . . that God will accompany me on all my journeys throughout life.

When I look in the mirror . . . I see a girl inside a woman’s body, which over the years has grown and matured with the blows of life and now just wants to be happy and enjoy life, my work and my family.

My favourite item of clothing is . . . belly tops in the summer and long coats in the winter.

I wish I’d never worn . . . I have always been happy with what I have worn!

I drive . . . a Fiat.

My house is . . . not small but not big either. However, what I love most about it is that it is very warm and comfortable. I live in a neighbourhood in Buenos Aires that is very famous for tango; a traditional corner of San Juan and Boedo Street.

A book that changed me . . . is the Bible. I also like reading books on psychology and self-help.

My greatest regret . . . is the death of my father. I felt that it was very unfair as I was quite young when it happened, it was very sudden, and I could not say goodbye.

My real-life villains . . . are robbers and criminals. They make people feel insecure and unsafe.

The person who really makes me laugh . . . is my little nephew. His name is Salvador and he is only one. I really love him.

The last time I cried . . . was a couple of days ago.

My five-year plan is . . . to fall in love, get married and have children and to continue dancing! I want to live as full and as happy a life as I can.

My life philosophy is . . . “From the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” I also believe “Who gives love receives love”.

Valeria Alvarez will star in the world-renowned show Tango Pasion — Ultimo Tango, which comes to the Grand Canal Theatre from October 18-23, 2010.

For tickets and performance times, see www.grandcanaltheatre. ie for more details