When I miss class for one day, I know it. When I miss class for two days, my teacher knows it. When I miss class for three days, the audience knows it.— Rudolf Nureyev
Wonderful Ballet Dance quotations
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.
There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them.
I don't want people who want to dance; I want people who have to dance.
Dancers are instruments, like a piano the choreographer plays.
The Dance: A minimum of explanation, a minimum of anecdotes - and a maximum of sensations.
Master technique and then forget about it and be natural.
If I could tell you what it meant, there would be no point in dancing it
I do everything the man does, only backwards and in high heels!
Badminton is like ballet dancing. It requires a lot of control, strength, mind play and measured movement
Ballet found me. I was discovered by a teacher in middle school. I always danced, my whole life. I never had any training, never was exposed to seeing dance, but I always had something inside of me.
It's very easy to become selfish and narrow-minded and see ballet as the only thing in life, but there's lots more.
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.
Dance is not an exercise. Dance is an art.
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.
Nobody cares if you can't dance well.
Just get up and dance. Great dancers are great because of their passion.
Dance for yourself. If someone understands, good. If not, no matter.
Sing like no one is listening. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching, and live like it’s heaven on earth.
The mirror is not you. The mirror is you looking at yourself.
Dance is very, very old. With Louis XIV at Versailles is where ballet started.
Dance till the stars come down from the rafters Dance, Dance, Dance 'till you drop.
Dance is like life. It exists as you are flitting through it, and when it's over, it's done.
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.
Ten thousand saw I at a glance, tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
Dance every performance as if it were your last.
When she goes about her kitchen duties, chopping, carving, mixing, whisking, she moves with the grace and precision of a ballet dancer, her fingers plying the food with the dexterity of a croupier.
Technical perfection is insufficient. It is an orphan without the true soul of the dancer.
What's so wonderful about ballet is that it's mind-driven physicality.
It's almost a Greek ideal of body, mind, and form.
Swan Lake is the most difficult thing to portray for a female ballet dancer;
it really requires such specific qualities of articulation, agility, strength, and the arm work is something that takes a lot of training.
Dancers work and live from the inside.
They drive themselves constantly producing a glow that lights not only themselves but audience after audience.
Even the ears must dance.
Dancing is like dreaming with your feet!
Young dancers are training at a very vulnerable time in their lives.
.. So train the whole person, not just the dancer.
Figure skating has been a great influence for me.
I took dance at the School of American Ballet, which helped my own skating. And whether you are a skater or a dancer, without sounding narcissistic, it is all about looking in the mirror.