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    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.

    90
  2. 9

    Dance is music made visible

    113
  3. 8

    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.

    121
  4. 7

    Dancers are instruments, like a piano the choreographer plays.

    130
  5. 6

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

    133
  6. 5

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

    143
  7. 4

    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.

    151
  8. 3

    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.

    152
  9. 2

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

    171
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    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.

    178
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