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George Balanchine Quotes and Sayings

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Most ballet teachers in the United States are terrible.
If they were in medicine, everyone would be poisoned.
- George Balanchine

In my ballets, woman is first.
Men are consorts.
God made men to sing the praises of women.
They are not equal to men: They are better.
- George Balanchine

God creates, I do not create.
I assemble and I steal everywhere to do it -
from what I see,
from what the dancers can do, from what others do.
- George Balanchine

The ballet is a purely female thing;
it is a woman,
a garden of beautiful flowers, and man is the gardener.
- George Balanchine

 

In ballet a complicated story is impossible to tell...
we can't dance synonyms.
- George Balanchine

One is born to be a great dancer.
- George Balanchine

Wrestling is ballet with violence.
- Jesse Ventura

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In fact, ballet companies did not exist in the Midwest when I was a child.
- Suzanne Farrell

Ballet is sort of a mystery to me.
And I don't want to unravel that mystery.
- Robert Caro

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

Does the New York City Ballet affect other places? Yeah,
it lets people know they should come to New York.
- John Guare

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

I wanted to be a ballet teacher.
- Jaclyn Smith

People who leave Washington do so by way of the box...
ballet or coffin.
- Claiborne Pell

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

The ballet embodies the notes of music.
And sometimes you almost feel like you can see the
notes dance up there on the stage.
- Robert Caro

I copied my brother.
He was a natural dancer.
Graceful.
People always asked did we study ballet.
We never did.
- Harold Nicholas

I've got no plans to be a ballet dancer at the moment.
- Neil Patrick Harris

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

I went to ballet school for nine years,
and there was an agent for the whole school who happened
to be there visiting one of the performances.
She suggested an audition.
- Sarah Sutton

When other little girls wanted to be ballet dancers
I kind of wanted to be a vampire.
- Angelina Jolie

I grew up in the theater and danced ballet atrociously.
- Maureen O'Hara

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

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

I grew up studying ballet; I grew up honing my craft.
- Janice Dickinson

I used to dance when I was younger -
ballet and modern dance.
- Nastassja Kinski

Classical ballet will never die.
- Ninette de Valois

You can't drink on an eight hour flight,
pass out, and then go onstage...
well you can, but then you're Spandau Ballet.
- Robert Smith

I am both proud and honored to be on the Board of Directors
for the Texas Ballet Theater.
- Janine Turner

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

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

I think of the New York City Ballet as the Yankees
without George Steinbrenner.
- John Guare

Heaven help the American-born boy with a talent for ballet.
- Camille Paglia

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

All the New York City Ballet does is hit beautiful home runs.
- John Guare

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

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

There would never have been a British Ballet without Diaghilev.
He had a wonderful influence.
- Ninette de Valois

Dance is very, very old.
With Louis XIV at Versailles is where ballet started.
- Neve Campbell

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

And what would be great numbers in a Broadway show
are now on stage of the New York City Ballet.
- John Guare

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

You increase muscle bulk by training against resistance.
For example, weights.
And in ballet, this isn't the case.
- Deborah Bull

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

I toured the Middle Eastern countries with the ballet.
- Leslie Caron

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

When life takes me on a new journey,
I simply remember the smile my first ballet recital
put on my face and I move forward.
- Andrea Thompson

I never went to a ballet until I was 45 years old.
I don't know why.
- Robert Caro

The music industry is so easy compared to the ballet world.
- Vanessa Carlton

I had to do a tango with Raft and I learned to dance
in ballet shoes with my knees bent.
- Marie Windsor

I think that every year that the New York City Ballet
is alive is worthy of celebration.
Because otherwise the terrible thing is just that we take it for granted.
- John Guare

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

I deliberately made an effort not to become an expert on the ballet.
- Robert Caro

In the Thirties, when I was in New York,
I did the first surrealistic ballet in a show of mine.
- Vincente Minnelli

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

Everything seems to be going faster and faster.
It's really harder to create something that endures.
The New York City Ballet has succeeded in doing that.
- Robert Caro

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

Every ballet, whether or not successful artistically or with the public,
has given me something important.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

If a ballet dancer falls over, it's knowing how to
get out looking clumsy that counts.
- Ritchie Blackmore

I got kicked out of ballet class because I pulled a groin muscle.
It wasn't mine.
- Rita Rudner

I wanted so badly to study ballet, but it was really
all about wearing the tutu.
- Elle Macpherson

I took several years of dance lessons that included ballet,
tap and jazz.
They helped a great deal with body control,
balance, a sense of rhythm, and timing.
- Lynn Swann

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

However, the moral center of New York City,
I believe, is the New York City Ballet.
- John Guare

One of the few things in dance to match the Royal Ballet's
curtain calls is the Royal Ballet's dancing.
- Clive Barnes

I started taking ballet lessons when I was three and
a half and I still take dance classes.
- Oksana Baiul

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

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

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

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

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


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