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
Reckoning Ballet Teachers quotations
I don't want people who want to dance; I want people who have to dance.
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.
Ballet is a dance executed by the human soul.
Every teacher will tell you that you cannot dance classical technique with perfection, there is no such thing, there is no way. So you have to adapt the technique to your abilities or to your deficiencies. Learn to cheat!
The teacher doesn't teach, not really.
The teacher offers stimulation and ways in which the person can educate himself or herself. At best the teacher wakes up that person and makes a person hungry.
Most ballet teachers in the United States are terrible.
If they were in medicine, everyone would be poisoned.
Dance is your pulse, your heartbeat, your breathing. It's the rhythym of your life.
I was called a bookish child. Mother sent me to a ballet teacher in Cincinnati when I was nine years old. I guess I was an awkward child and the family wanted me to be graceful. When I found out I liked to dance and people seemed to like to watch me, I was determined to go places.
I have a sister who is a dancer and dance teacher.
We grew up dancing together. I wanted to become a ballerina when I was a kid, so she and I were always at ballet conservatories and going to school with our hair in buns.
I want to be a lawyer, a dancer, an actress, a mother, a wife, a childrens author, a distance runner, a poet, a pianist, a pet store owner, an astronaut, an environmental and humanitarian activist, a psychiatrist, a ballet teacher, and the first woman president.
I started with ballet and then my cousin Sarah introduced me to her tap teachers.
I wasn't a ballet baby. My first dance class was in an outdoor pavilion when I was three. It was called 'creative movement.' The teacher gave us chiffon scarves in beautiful colors. She turned on some music and said, 'Now go dance.' So for me, dance has always been about self-expression.
I wanted to be a ballet teacher.
I'm so fair that I didn't go in the sun as a child.
When all my friends were on the beach, I was going to ballet. The teachers there didn't like you going in the sun, so I never did.
I actually came to New York when I was 12 and did ballet school for a little while. I was being groomed to be professional, and a lot of the professors and teachers there were drawn to me and thought that I could become a professional ballerina.
Another friend began to say, "Well, Quentin has a problem of adjusting himself to society and he..." This sentence was never finished. The ballet teacher expostulated, "I don't agree. Quentin does exactly as he pleases. The rest of us have to adapt ourselves to him."
I thought I was going to be a ballet dancer for awhile there.
I had a good teacher at Interlochen, this arts' academy in Michigan, who taught me the importance of storytelling, and I really responded to that. It seemed like a long shot, but I always play the long odds.
The simplest comment on my book came from my ballet teacher.
She said, "I wish you hadn't made every line funny. It's so depressing."
I grew up dancing, and my ballet teacher was literally a drill sergeant;
she was so strict and so scary. And it made me a better dancer.