Quotations on Ballet

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The ballet is a purely female thing; it is a woman, a garden of beautiful flowers, and man is the gardener.
- George Balanchine
(Keywords: Ballet, Flowers, Garden, Man, Woman)

Most ballet teachers in the United States are terrible. If they were in medicine, everyone would be poisoned.
- George Balanchine
(Keywords: Ballet, Medicine, states, Teachers, United)

One of the few things in dance to match the Royal Ballet's curtain calls is the Royal Ballet's dancing.
- Clive Barnes
(Keywords: Dance, Ballet, Dancing)

Every ballet, whether or not successful artistically or with the public, has given me something important.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov
(Keywords: Successful, Ballet, Public)

You increase muscle bulk by training against resistance. For example, weights. And in ballet, this isn't the case.
- Deborah Bull
(Keywords: Ballet, Example, Training)

Dancing is a tough career, but I'm glad I spent it at the Royal Ballet.
- Deborah Bull
(Keywords: Ballet, Career, Dancing)

I do take class because I still dance, and yes, I do slip into class with the Royal Ballet from time to time.
- Deborah Bull
(Keywords: Time, Dance, Ballet, Class)

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.
- Neve Campbell
(Keywords: Ballet, Being, Body)

Dance is very, very old. With Louis XIV at Versailles is where ballet started.
- Neve Campbell
(Keywords: Dance, Ballet, Old)

The music industry is so easy compared to the ballet world.
- Vanessa Carlton
(Keywords: Music, Ballet, World)

I never went to a ballet until I was 45 years old. I don't know why.
- Robert Caro
(Keywords: Ballet, Old, Years)

Ballet is sort of a mystery to me. And I don't want to unravel that mystery.
- Robert Caro
(Keywords: Ballet, Mystery, Want)

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.
- Robert Caro
(Keywords: Life, Ballet, Rest)

I deliberately made an effort not to become an expert on the ballet.
- Robert Caro
(Keywords: Ballet, Effort)

The New York City Ballet is obviously speaking to a whole new generation and bringing it the same wonder and beauty that it brought previous generations.
- Robert Caro
(Keywords: Beauty, Ballet, Generations, Wonder)

Sometimes during a ballet I'll look around and see all these rows of intent faces, concentrating on this beautiful thing up on the stage.
- Robert Caro
(Keywords: Ballet, Faces)

The moment the curtain rose on that first ballet, I knew something wonderful and new had come into my life. I can still see the first scene. The ballet was Divertimento No. 15.
- Robert Caro
(Keywords: Life, Ballet, First)

I toured the Middle Eastern countries with the ballet.
- Leslie Caron
(Keywords: Ballet, Countries)

I skate about 15 to 20 hours a week and also incorporate a lot of off-ice training. I take ballet and Pilates classes and lift weights with my physical therapist when I'm not on the ice.
- Sasha Cohen
(Keywords: Ballet, Training)

It's no good running a pig farm badly for 30 years while saying, 'Really, I was meant to be a ballet dancer.' By then, pigs will be your style.
- Quentin Crisp
(Keywords: Ballet, Running, Saying, Style, Will, Years)

The real American type can never be a ballet dancer. The legs are too long, the body too supple and the spirit too free for this school of affected grace and toe walking.
- Isadora Duncan
(Keywords: American, Ballet, Body, Grace, School, Spirit, Walking)

I went to the Performing Arts School and studied classical ballet. That attitude is something that's put into your head. You are never thin enough.
- Carmen Electra
(Keywords: Attitude, Ballet, School)

The particular ballet was not so important as the fact that I was physically healthy, and capable of getting out there and dancing as often as possible.
- Suzanne Farrell
(Keywords: Ballet, Dancing, Fact)

In fact, ballet companies did not exist in the Midwest when I was a child.
- Suzanne Farrell
(Keywords: Ballet, Fact)

I didn't care too much for ballet, because you had to be more disciplined, and you sort of looked like everyone else. It required a certain kind of conformity that I didn't feel like I wanted to do.
- Suzanne Farrell
(Keywords: Ballet, Care, Conformity)

There might've been wires, but I have this ability to make myself light. Well you know what, in ballet, when you kind of lift yourself here, it's all up in the head.
- Albert Finney
(Keywords: Ability, Ballet, Light)

I was a ballet dancer and that kind of bled into musical theater. I was constantly in rehearsal for one thing or another.
- Jennifer Garner
(Keywords: Ballet, Theater)

The real beauty of it - key to my life was playing key chords on a banjo. For somebody else it may be a golf club that mom and dad put in their hands or a baseball or ballet lessons. Real gift to give to me and put it in writing.
- Vince Gill
(Keywords: Beauty, Dad, Life, Mom, Ballet, Baseball, Golf, Key, May, Writing)

The New York City 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.
- John Guare
(Keywords: Music, Ballet, Body, Listening, Possibilities, Remarkable, Spirit)

The life of a dancer is tragically short. What is remarkable about the New York City Ballet is that it makes us forget that. Because it keeps the ballet alive.
- John Guare
(Keywords: Life, Ballet, Forget, Remarkable)

The ballet makes us look at those bodies, it makes us listen to that music, it makes us wonder at the geometry, of the way they come together. The way that extraordinary space is controlled and given such emotional force.
- John Guare
(Keywords: Music, Ballet, Force, Geometry, Space, Wonder)

And what would be great numbers in a Broadway show are now on stage of the New York City Ballet.
- John Guare
(Keywords: Ballet, Now, Numbers)

And it is always Easter Sunday at the New York City Ballet. It is always coming back to life. Not even coming back to life - it lives in the constant present.
- John Guare
(Keywords: Life, Ballet, Easter, Present)

God comes to us in theater in the way we communicate with each other, whether it be a symphony orchestra, or a wonderful ballet, or a beautiful painting, or a play. It's a way of expressing our humanity.
- Julie Harris
(Keywords: God, Ballet, Humanity, Painting, Play, Theater)

My Mom is a ballet director, so I had this idea in me that classical training is the best foundation for anything you do, so I wanted to get a classical background and voice.
- Shuler Hensley
(Keywords: Mom, Idea, Ballet, Training, Voice)

When other little girls wanted to be ballet dancers I kind of wanted to be a vampire.
- Angelina Jolie
(Keywords: Ballet, Girls)

For 24 hours a day, for 10 years, all I thought about was being in a band. That's all I did. I had no other social life. I don't want my life to be like that now. I've spent the past 10 years having a real life as well. But Spandau Ballet is such a difficult shadow to outrun.
- Gary Kemp
(Keywords: Life, Thought, Ballet, Being, Day, Now, Past, Shadow, Want, Years)

My background is somewhat unusual, as I trained to be a ballet dancer. I worked in the theatre for eight or nine years as a contemporary dancer. But as an actor one does read Shakespeare and does try to learn the classics.
- William Kempe
(Keywords: Actor, Ballet, Shakespeare, Theatre, Years)

I had never picked up a basketball before. I went through a grueling audition process. It was almost as if I was learning to walk. It would be like teaching somebody to dance ballet for a role.
- Sanaa Lathan
(Keywords: Dance, Ballet, Basketball, Learning, Teaching)

I wanted so badly to study ballet, but it was really all about wearing the tutu.
- Elle Macpherson
(Keywords: Ballet, Study)

Ballet-girls have a bad reputation, which is in most cases well deserved.
- Henry Mayhew
(Keywords: Ballet, Reputation)

I went away when I was 9 to a ballet school. I thought I wanted to be a dancer, but eight years of ballet cured me of that.
- Juliet Mills
(Keywords: Thought, Ballet, School, Years)

In the Thirties, when I was in New York, I did the first surrealistic ballet in a show of mine.
- Vincente Minnelli
(Keywords: Ballet, First)

Mum, who had been a dancer with a small ballet company before she got married, was full of encouragement. She didn't say, 'This is really good, you should do this', She just encouraged us to do whatever we liked.
- Dannii Minogue
(Keywords: Ballet, Company, Encouragement)

I wanted to give people - which is fairly bizarre considering my whole life is contemporary dance really - I wanted to give people a really fulfilling sense that they had seen a white classical ballet - in a very pure form.
- Graeme Murphy
(Keywords: Life, People, Dance, Ballet, Bizarre, Sense)

I copied my brother. He was a natural dancer. Graceful. People always asked did we study ballet. We never did.
- Harold Nicholas
(Keywords: Brother, People, Ballet, Study)

I grew up in the theater and danced ballet atrociously.
- Maureen O'Hara
(Keywords: Ballet, Theater)

Heaven help the American-born boy with a talent for ballet.
- Camille Paglia
(Keywords: Talent, American, Ballet, Heaven, Help)

People who leave Washington do so by way of the box... ballet or coffin.
- Claiborne Pell
(Keywords: People, Ballet, Washington)

Figure skating is an unlikely Olympic event but its good television. It's sort of a combination of gymnastics and ballet. A little sexy too which doesn't hurt.
- Andy Rooney
(Keywords: Ballet, Hurt, Television)

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