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Mar 17, 2010

Random Ballet Quotes



"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

"Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body." - Martha Graham

"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

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

"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

“I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to to dance better than myself.” - Mikhail Baryshnikov

"I don't want dancers that want to dance, I want dancers that have to dance." - George Balanchine

“There comes a moment in a young artist's life when he knows he has to bring something to the stage from within himself. He has to put in something in order to be able to take something out.” - Mikhail Baryshnikov

(In pictures: Top - George Balanching rehearsing his dancers.
Bottom - Mikhail Baryshnikov warming up.)

2 comments:

  1. FOR THE ALMIGHTY MALE... THE BALLET DANSEUR

    by Dane Youssef


    For me, there really is nothing more inspiring for me that when the men up there are as beautiful as nearly any ballerina.


    There was a time when a man up there defying gravity and other physical possibilities was considered wrong, evil. A destruction of one's manhood.


    As a male in ballet meself, it's always a challenge. Just like nearly all the others, I kept it as secret as government documents. What these people did was nothing short of incredible.


    I've been taking it for about nine years now. I have danced onstage with our town's School of Dance and College. As a male who has taken ballet for nearing a whole decade (as I write this), I can honestly say... it is just a little bit harder.


    Some things just never change. Like how at that tender age in the beginning, it's still just a "girl's only club" and if you're a boy there at that age, you're like an intruder. The odd man out.


    Maybe all that will change someday, God willing. Hell, us willing. Boys, don't just cross your fingers. Take arms. Join together, unite and tear down those walls, that barrier that limit us all.


    To the pioneers who showed what's possible with a boy in ballet--Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rudolph Nureyev, Edward Villella, Peter Martins, Patrick Bissell, Ethan Stiefel, Sascha Radetsky, Vladmir Malakov, Peter Schafuss, Nikolaj Hubbe, Alexander Godunov--and that's just the creme de la creme of the ranks.


    My brothers, thank you for paving the way. And to those who are planning to follow in your footsteps... keep it all up. There is no reason to ever lose hope. Keep up the good faith.


    All my love, tendus, pirouettes... and Merde. Endless Merde to you all. Those courageous and fearless martyrs who made being a male leaping around in pantyhose to classical music a respectable life pursuit, a noble career goal.


    --Your humble brother in arms and tights, Dane Youssef

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