The candid camera is the greatest liar in the photographic family.... It is anarchic, naïve, and superficial.

— Lincoln Kirstein

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Transplanting the ballet to the United States is like trying to raise a palm tree in Dakota.

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In liberal democracy and anxious anarchy, the traditional classic dance, compact of aristocratic authority and absolute freedom in a necessity of order, has never been so promising as an independent expression as it is today.

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

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She was chronologically in luck. She corresponded to necessity.

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Dance design is not simply one element;

it is that without which ballet cannot exist. As aria is to opera, words to poetry, color to painting, so sequence in steps - their syntax, idiom, vocabulary - are the stuff of stage dancing.

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If one had to define one essential gift with which a dancer needs to be endowed, there might be a rush of answers. A beautiful body, grace of line, graciousness of spirit, joy in the work, ability to please, unswerving integrity, relentless ambition towards some abstract perfection. Certainly all these factors determine a dancer's character, and every element exists in some combination within the performing artist's presence.

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Harvard was a kind of luxurious afternoon.

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