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    You consider me for a moment, perhaps balancing the weight of your fear against the loneliness you will later feel in your room if you do not speak now

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    A brand-new pair of toe shoes presents itself to us as an enemy with a will of its own that must be tamed.

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    A dance performance is rather like going out into a battlefield. You have to hold the attention of as many as five to 10,000 people a lot of whom do not follow your language.

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    A dancer, more than any other human being, dies two deaths: the first, the physical when the powerfully trained body will no longer respond as you would wish. After all, I choreographed for myself. I never choreographed what I could not do. I changed steps in Medea and other ballets to accommodate the change. But I knew. And it haunted me. I only wanted to dance.

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    All dancers have a cumulative tendency, because each beat of the tom-tom has an almost irresistible appeal. Soon, those who were just spectators would dance too.

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    All ballet, all reading, all music. That was my world, my inner world.

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    A fine picture is but the image of nature; a finished ballet is nature herself.

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    A good education is usually harmful to a dancer. A good calf is better than a good head.

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    Although we do come from a silent profession, it is important for us to verbalize what we want to say. (As I tell my students): you could love someone all your life, but if you never say it how are they going to know? There comes a point when you have to say what you mean, which makes you scream louder when you dance.

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    Americans will be amazed to find ho many of the modern dance steps are relics of the African heritage.

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    Always the question for dancers is: Can we fly?

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    A mistake is simply another way of doing things

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    As a child I often wondered whether I would be allowed to live such moments- to inhabit the slow, majestic ballet of the snowflakes, to be released at last from the dreary frenzy of time. Is that what it feels to be naked? All one's clothes are gone, yet one's mind is overladen with finery.

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    A pas de deux is a dialogue of love. How can there be conversation if one partner is dumb?

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    And then he danced,-all foreigners excel the serious Angels in the eloquence of pantomime;-he danced, I say, right well, with emphasis, and a'so with good sense-a thing in footing indispensable: he danced without theatrical pretence, not like a ballet-master in the van of his drill'd nymphs, but like a gentleman.

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    Another friend began to say, "Well, Quentin has a problem of adjusting himself to society and he..." This sentence was never finished. The ballet teacher expostulated, "I don't agree. Quentin does exactly as he pleases. The rest of us have to adapt ourselves to him.

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    Applause lavished at a whim and without discernment, often proves the ruin of young people training for a stage career.

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    As a kid, I had a lot of energy; but the ballet lessons made me calm - this pleased my mother.

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    As time goes on, all schools only get left alive if they have found something special themselves.

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    As I got older, I started to do it more and more, and I wanted to learn all of the different types. I grew up doing modern, so I wanted to learn ballet, tap, jazz, and African - just everything.

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    A toe shoe is as eccentric as the ballerina who wears it: their marriage is a commitment.

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    At our theaters we only see feeble copies of the copies that have proceeded them, renounce that slavish routine which keeps your art in its infancy; examine everything relative to the development of talents; be original; form a style for yourselves based on your private studies; if you must copy, imitate nature, it is a noble model and never misleads those who follow it.

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    At the beginning, ballet accounted for at least two hours out of six hours of my daily training session. Later I devoted less time to ballet, but every workout of mine included training in choreography.

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    At the ballet, you really feel like you're in the presence of something outside the rest of your life. Higher than the rest of your life.

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    Back in high school, about two years ago, I was in this silly punk band called Ballet for Athletes. We were all trying to take it seriously, and then I realized that "punk" and "serious" aren't really two words you can put in the same sentence - at least, in my opinion.

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    At the time I started in ballet they were dancing 'The Spirit of Champagne' on pointe, in Paris. I thought, 'I don't want to dance the spirit of champagne, I want to drink it!

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    Ballet found me. I was discovered by a teacher in middle school. I always danced, my whole life. I never had any training, never was exposed to seeing dance, but I always had something inside of me.

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    Ballet is like any other art form in that we all start out knowing nothing about it.

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    Ballet is a riddle of means and ends.

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    Ballet is important and significant - yes. But first of all, it is a pleasure.

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    Ballet really lends itself to that because there's such a sense of ritual, with wrapping the shoes every day and preparing new shoes for every performance. It's such a process. It's almost religious, in nature.

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    Ballet is completely unnatural to the body, just being turned out... it's not the way your body is supposed to function, so you actually [...] train your body to be a different structure than you were born with.

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    Ballet is not just movement, not simply abstract. It's something beautiful. Sometimes there's this feeling in the movement that makes me want to cry.

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    Ballet is quite unnatural on the joints. My body is just worn. My joints are 10 years older than me.

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    Ballet is ultimately a logical technique; it favors the shortest, most efficient route from one position into another. This factor gives an aesthetic clarity to all motions.

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    Ballet.something pure in this crazy world

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    Ballet teaches you how to hold yourself.

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    Ballet-girls have a bad reputation, which is in most cases well deserved

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    Ballet is always about the realm of possibilities, the realm of what the human body can do, what the human spirit can do. And it's about listening, it's about listening to remarkable music and how we respond to that.

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    Ballet is good, because it makes you stand up tall.

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    Ballet is more than a profession - it is a way of life.

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    Ballet is number one, everything else is scheduled in the small windows when I'm not in the studio taking class, rehearsing, on stage or on tour.

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    Ballet is such a disciplined craft and it has given me a good grounding.

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    Ballet: men wearing pants so tight that you can tell what religion they are.

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    Badminton is like ballet dancing. It requires a lot of control, strength, mind play and measured movement

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    Ballet in the air... Twin butterflies until, twice white They Meet, they mate

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    Ballet is only good when it is great.

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    Ballet is the fairies' baseball.

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    Ballet was exactly what I was searching for, but my environment definitely made me the dancer and the person that I am today. And the Hip-Hop culture was a big part of it.

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    Ballet is the body rising. Ballet is ceremonial and hieratic. Its disdain for the commonplace material world is the source of its authority and glamour.