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Ballet quotes

"In ballet, you feel like you're in the presence of something out of this world. Higher around the world."
Robert Caro.
"Classical ballet will never die."
Ninette de Valois
"I like classical music, I go to ballet and I cry, there is nothing so beautiful."
Michael Gambon
"If ballet were easy they would call it football"
Anonymous
"Ballet technique is arbitrary and very difficult. It never becomes easy... it becomes possible."
Agnes de Mille

"A lot of people insisted on a wall between modern dance and ballet. I'm beginning to think that walls are very unhealthy things."
Twyla Tharp
"If it were not for dreams,there would not be such a thing as ballet,the cruelest of the performing arts."
Anonymous
"Classical ballet is so unforgiving."
Francis Patrellel
"Ballet is a dance executed by the human soul."
Alexander Pushkin
"Ballet is the one form of theater where nobody speaks a foolish word all evening, nobody on the stage at least."
Edwin Denby

"You don't have to know about ballet to enjoy it, all you have to do is look at it."
Edwin Denby
"Most people think of ballet as children in little tutus. They don't know it is sweat, blood and tears as well!"
Nan Keating
"Ballet class is like Life Lessons 101. You learn some of life's most important lessons here that you will carry with you forever."
Joanne H. Morscher
"Letting go of perfectionism, so ingrained in the nature of a ballet dancer, can be the most difficult thing."
Anonymous
"There are two basic elements to classical ballet. They are quality and quantity. Quantity is how much a dancer can physically do, the element that gives an artist the freedom to concentrate on quality; while quality is how he or she does it, quality of movement - the most difficult phase - requires long and arduous training."
Igor Schwezoff

"Ballet is only good when it is great."
Arlene Croce
"Ballet is not technique but a way of expression that comes more closely to the inner language of man than any other."
George Borodin
"Anyone who has a child today should train him to be either a physicist or a ballet dancer. Then he'll escape."
W. H. Auden
"Everything is beautiful at the ballet... "
A Chorus Line
"Common sense would tell parents never to send their children to a ballet school. Common sense would tell teenagers that there is a wider and happier world beyond the grueling strictures of daily barre and class. Common sense would tell the graduating student that there are infinitely superior ways of making money than joining a professional ballet company. Common sense would tell a young dancer that very few (laughably few) of his or her colleagues will ever make it to the top or even near the top. Yet... there remains the dance and the dancer."
Anonymous

"Ballet discipline: only the true believer would suffer the rigors it demanded."
Anonymous
"What's so wonderful about ballet is that it's mind-driven physicality. It's almost a Greek ideal of body, mind, and form."
Edward Villella
"The vocabulary and manner of classical ballet expresses a high order of discipline and restraint, a sense of harmony with forces larger and more lasting than the individual."
Marsha B. Siegel
"It is more important who they are as people and only then, is it important who they are as dancers."
Marcia Haydee
"Love is a lot like dancing; you just surrender to the music."
Pierce Brosnon

"When you are on stage you are having an affair with three thousand people."
Gelsey Kirkland
"Dance is the only art in which we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made."
Ted Shawn
"If I cannot dance, I shall die!"
Anna Pavlova
"Technical perfection is insufficient. It is an orphan without the true soul of a dancer."
Sylvie Guillium
"Where ever a dancer stands is holy ground."
Martha Graham

"Dance is a little insanity that does us all a lot of good."
Edward Demby
"I danced from the moment I could stand."
Anna Pavlova
"It's the easiest things that cause the most problems."
Monet Robier
"It takes an athlete to dance, but an artist to be a dancer."
Shanna LaFleur
"Someone once said that dancers work just as hard as policemen: always alert, always tense; but see, policemen don't have to be beautiful at the same time."
George Balanchine

"To touch, to move, to inspire. This is the true gift of dance."
Aubrey Lynch
"Dance is the song of the body."
Martha Graham
"Dance isn't something that can be explained in words. It has to be danced."
Paige Arden
"Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired."
Martha Graham
"If you want to dance seriously, do. You must think about it day and night, dream about it - desire it."
Christa Justus

"Thousands of emotions well up inside me throughout the day. They are released when I dance."
Abraham Lincoln
"I'm dancing to the music of the madness inside me."
George C. Wolfe
"To dance is to be yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power on earth and it is yours for the taking."
Agnes DeMille
"Any problem in the world can be solved by dancing."
James Brown
"Dancer's are athletes of god"
Albert Einstein

"Plier is the first thing you learn and the last thing you master."
Suzanne Farrell
"No artist is ahead of his time. He is time; the others are just behind the times."
Martha Graham
"We should consider everyday in which we don't dance lost."
Neitzsche
"Movement never lies. It is a barometer telling the state of the soul's weather to all who can read it."
Martha Graham
"The trained dancer must not only have grace and elegance, but also the leap of an Olympic hurdler, the balance of a tightrope walker and panther-like strength and agility."
Camilla Jessel

"The next time you look into the mirror, just look at the way the ears rest next to the head; look at the way the hairline grows; think of all the little bones in your wrist. It is a miracle. And the dance is a celebration of that miracle."
Martha Graham
"While I dance I cannot judge, I cannot hate, I cannot separate myself from life. I can only be joyful and whole. This is why I dance."
Hans Bos
"Dancing appears glamorous, easy, and delightful. But the path to paradise of the achievement is not easier than any other. There is fatigue so great that the body cries, even in its sleep. There are times of complete frustration, there are daily small deaths."
Martha Graham
"I don't want life to imitate art. I want life to be art."
Carrie Fisher
"Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire."
Fred Sero

"Either you do the pirouette or you shoot yourself. One or the other, but something must happen."
Monet Robier
"The dance is the mother of the arts. Music and poetry exist in time, painting and architecture in space. But the dance lives at once in time and space."
Curt Sachs