Quotes of Ballet

“ In ballet a complicated story is impossible to tell… we can't dance synonyms. ”

- George Balanchine

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

- Harold Nicholas

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

- George Balanchine

“ Most ballet teachers in the United States are terrible. If they were in medicine, everyone would be poisoned. ”

- George Balanchine

“ When I was a little kid, I took tap and ballet. I've always loved to dance. I'm a rhythm machine. ”

- Tommy Lee

“ I got kicked out of ballet class because I pulled a groin muscle. It wasn't mine. ”

- Rita Rudner

“ To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there's no music, no choreography, and the dancers hit each other. ”

- Jack Handy

“ 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

“ Ballet's image of perfection is fashioned amid a milieu of wracked bodies, fevered imaginations, Balkan intrigue and sulfurous hatreds where anything is likely, and dancers know it. ”

- Shana Alexander

“ 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

“ We had to get up at 6 a.m. and never had a problem. She was doing ballet and gymnastics, then dropped gymnastics. ”

- Angela Davis

“ People who leave Washington do so by way of the box… ballet or coffin. ”

- Claiborne Pell

“ I wanted so badly to study ballet, but it was really all about wearing the tutu. ”

- Elle MacPherson

“ I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and as far as my exposure to theatre, my mom is a ballet director, and she has her own ballet company down there. I started, I think, when I was four when I went onstage for the first time as Fritz in The Nutcracker. That's how it started with me. ”

- Shuler Hensley

“ Being in a place like the Royal Ballet School and part of an environment where there is so much discipline, where everyone works so hard, it just completely occupies your life. You literally live it and breath it every single day; it becomes who you are… ”

- Will Kemp

“ Civil servants and priests, soldiers and ballet-dancers, schoolmasters and police constables, Greek museums and Gothic steeples, civil list and services list — the common seed within which all these fabulous beings slumber in embryo is taxation. ”

- Karl Marx

“ 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

“ Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body. ”

- Martha Graham

“ 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. ”

- Will Kemp

“ Now it is the last party to share the friendship Ballet Company of Opera de Paris is the last bouquet we present to China. Because of the company's high reputation of its artistic style and professionalism in the world as well as its long history and powerful artistic vitality, it is the ideal representative to bring down the curtain of Year of France. ”

- Jacques Chirac

“ The domain of the ballet dancer is not earth but air. ”

- Lincoln Kirstein

“ When other little girls wanted to be ballet dancers I kind of wanted to be a vampire. ”

- Angelina Jolie

“ If ballet were easy, they'd call it football. ”

- Robin Williams

“ Men wearing pants so tight that you can tell what religion they are. ”

- Robin Williams

“ You have to understand that as long as there are organizations, there will always be a job for chiefs. But if you're going to be a chief you'll be an Indian for a long time. ”

- William W. Duffy

“ He moved like a cat, a ballet dancer, but there was nothing homosexual about him...He could be dangerous when drunk... He liked to fight. ”

- Lee Marvin

“ If you approach an opera as though it were something that always went a certain way, that's what you get. I approach an opera as though I didn't know it. ”

- Sarah Caldwell

“ I seem to write an opera about every 20 years; if you live long enough you can write four operas. I finished my third in 1970. ”

- Virgil Thomson

“ Noncooks think it's silly to invest two hours' work in two minutes' enjoyment; but if cooking is evanescent, so is the ballet. ”

- Julia Child

“ One of the few things in dance to match the Royal Ballet's curtain calls is the Royal Ballet's dancing. ”

- Clive Barnes
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