Why are you stingy with yourselves? Why are you holding back? What are you saving for - for another time? There are no other times. There is only now. Right now.

— George Balanchine

The most powerful George Balanchine quotes that will inspire your inner self

If you don't feel challenged, it's because you're not doing enough.

Ballet should never feel comfortable. Comfortable is lazy! If you're comfortable when you dance, you're not pushing yourself hard enough. 100 % is not enough. You have to give 200%. One tendu takes years of hard work and will never be perfect. Everything in ballet is a challenge.


First comes the sweat. Then comes the beauty if you're very lucky and have said your prayers.


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.


I don't want people who want to dance; I want people who have to dance.


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


Dancers are instruments, like a piano the choreographer plays.


One is born to be a dancer. No teacher can work miracles, nor will years of training make a good dancer of an untalented pupil. One may be able to acquire a certain technical facility, but no one can ever 'acquire an exceptional talent.' I have never prided myself on having an unusually gifted pupil. A Pavlova is no one's pupil but God's.


Dance is music made visible


Ballet dancing is arduous, strenuous activity.

Students are engaged in physical training that rivals the training Olympic athletes undergo. At the same time, they strive for physical perfection not for the prowess alone but as a way of achieving the means necessary to express the pure nature of their art.


Choreography is simpler than you think.

Just go and do, and don't think so much about it. Just make something interesting.


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.


It's like the time capsule with everything in it.

Or like the seed that when you plant it, becomes the enormous tree with leaves and fruit. Everybody was in that little seed, and so everything can open. The tree of dance is like that. It just takes a long, long time to blossom.


About George Balanchine

Quotes 37 sayings
Nationality Russian
Profession Dancer
Birthday October 16

The mirror is not you. The mirror is you looking at yourself.


I can always invent movement, and sometimes it can be fitted into the right place, but that is not choreography. It is the music that dictates the whole shape of the work. I do not believe in the permanence of anything in ballet save the purely classical.


I could never make a ballet by wrinkling my brow and concentrating.

If you set out deliberately to make a masterpiece, how will you ever get it finished?


Most ballet teachers in the United States are terrible.

If they were in medicine, everyone would be poisoned.


I am a cloud - in trousers.


Music must be seen, and dance must be heard


They are poets of gesture.


See the music, hear the dance.


Ballet will speak for itself. About itself.


Put a man and a girl on stage and there is already a story;

a man and two girls, there's already a plot.


The pointes for girls, I always say, have to be like an elephant's trunk;

strong and yet flexible and soft.


The choreographer and the dancer must remember
that they reach the audience through the eye.
It's the illusion created which convinces the audience,
much as it is with the work of a magician.


What are you waiting for? What are you saving for? Now is all there is.


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


Storyless is not abstract. Two dancers on the stage are enough material for a story; for me, they are already a story in themselves


The woman's function is to fascinate men.


I've got more energy now than when I was younger because I know exactly what I want to do.


I don't have a past. I have a continuous present. The past is part of the present, just as the future is. We exist in time.


My muse must come to me on union time.


I have no literary approach - except to literature.


I cannot move, I cannot even want to move, unless I hear the music first.


Your eyes is camera and your brain is a file cabinet.


Ballet is important and significant - yes. But first of all, it is a pleasure.


Someone once said that dancers work just as hard as policeman, always alert, always tense. But I don't agree with that because policeman don't have to look beautiful at the same time.