1. 10

    Mum, who had been a dancer with a small ballet company before she got married, was full of encouragement. She didn't say, 'This is really good, you should do this', She just encouraged us to do whatever we liked.

  2. 9

    I went away when I was 9 to a ballet school. I thought I wanted to be a dancer, but eight years of ballet cured me of that.

  3. 8

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

  4. 7

    I had to quit ballet because it felt like a part of me was dying inside.

  5. 6

    When I've done gymnastics, ballet or soccer - I was always trying to be the best. I'm really driven. Really driven.

  6. 5

    Figure skating is an unlikely Olympic event but its good television. It's sort of a combination of gymnastics and ballet. A little sexy too which doesn't hurt.

  7. 4

    Anyone who has a child today should train him to be either a physicist or a ballet dancer. Then he'll escape.

  8. 3

    I copied my brother. He was a natural dancer. Graceful. People always asked did we study ballet. We never did.

  9. 2

    A lot of people insisted on a wall between modern dance and ballet. I'm beginning to think that walls are very unhealthy things.

  10. 1

    When other little girls wanted to be ballet dancers I kind of wanted to be a vampire.