Ten minutes with: Dusty Button

Ten minutes with: Dusty Button

The principal dancer with the Boston Ballet explains why Ferrari continues to be an inspiration

Words: Matthew Barker

The Official Ferrari Magazine: When did you realise that you could become a professional ballet dancer?

Dusty Button: I began dancing as a hobby because I enjoyed the expression. It wasn’t until I moved to New York to train that I viewed it as the education that it can be, rather than the exercise that it was. I began taking my training very seriously, because I knew the most rewarding career could only be built on a strong foundation.


TOFM: Is ballet still something of a conservative world?

DB: I feel it is entirely conservative, in the sense that the industry does not like to remove itself from its historical comfort zone. I entered this industry as an outsider and will remain one.

TOFM: Is your choreography something you’re particularly keen to develop?

DB: I enjoy choreographing over performing because I feel I have more control. My husband is my manager and is responsible for all of my marketing, photography, graphic design, merchandising and general direction, so our careers have been organically intertwined. We will soon relocate to California where we will build a studio that will provide a unique experience for dancers taking part in my projects, while our living space will be above. The Ferraris will, of course, take centre stage (pun intended).


TOFM: Do you see yourself as a role model?

DB: I do, and always live a life that I would have been inspired by in my youth. I try to remind people that a role model should not be someone they aspire to be, rather an inspiration that drives them on a path to surpass their role model. Ferrari is a good example of necessary evolution with close attention to historical value. Like Ferrari, I believe it is important to be inspired by elements around us, while remaining true to oneself regardless of the industry that orbits you on your path.

The dancer uses her 308 GTB as a daily drive <em>Photo: Mitchell Button</em>
The dancer uses her 308 GTB as a daily drive Photo: Mitchell Button

TOFM: You own a Ferrari 328 GTB and 308 GTB. Where does your love of the Prancing Horse come from?

DB: I was immersed in training at a young age and focused on my future, so it wasn’t until I met my husband that I discovered a passion for Ferrari, or for motorsports in general. Over the past few years our collection has grown and it’s clear that we appreciate cars that existed before we did, because they leave us feeling one with the road, rather than one with a computer that is one with the road.


TOFM: Do you use your Ferraris as a daily drive?

DB: We think Enzo would be disappointed if we were to keep the horses in the stable. They were bred to run free.

Button pictured at home in Boston <em>Photo: Mitchell Button</em>
Button pictured at home in Boston Photo: Mitchell Button

TOFM: What’s your dream Ferrari?

DB: It would be the 1969 312 Formula One car… value aside, there is nothing more exciting than an open wheel Ferrari from an era that precedes the politics of F1 racing. Following the 312 would be the 250 GT SWB Breadvan and the P3/4.