Ballet Quotes

I hated the ballet, but I liked performing. I did 20 shows, and I couldn’t get the smile off my face.

— Ansel Elgort

Some people are painters, and some are ballet dancers, and I’m a writer.

— Alice Walker

I’ve been very physical my whole life. I’ve done a lot of ballet, fencing and karate, and everything.

— Ashley Bell

Cincinnatians support a symphony, an opera, a ballet, museums, many galleries and theater groups.

— Bill Dedman

I’ve never danced professionally as a ballet dancer, but all of my training is ballet, and I am a Fosse dancer.

— Bebe Neuwirth

The highest heels I do are six-inch heels – but mostly only dancers can wear them, since they are used to being on point in ballet shoes. Their feet are arched.

— Christian Louboutin

The highest heels I do are six-inch heels – but mostly only dancers can wear them, since they are used to being on point in ballet shoes.

— Christian Louboutin

I tried a little of everything when I was little. I tried karate, I tried ballet, I tried piano lessons and singing lessons… I was a pretty normal kid, for the most part.

— Cassie Ventura

I have done the company lifestyle for 16 years, and ballet has changed.

— Carla Korbes

A producer wouldn’t think of making a film about ballet dancers without using real dancers, but they will cast actors who have never held a bat in baseball films.

— D. B. Sweeney

I frequently go to the ballet, but I don’t miss it in the sense that I wish I were still dancing.

— Damian Woetzel

Dancing is a tough career, but I’m glad I spent it at the Royal Ballet.

— Deborah Bull

I wanted so badly to study ballet, but it was really all about wearing the tutu.

— Elle Macpherson

Apparently, I have good feet for ballet.

— Gillian Jacobs

Most ballet teachers in the United States are terrible. If they were in medicine, everyone would be poisoned.

— George Balanchine

I took ballet dancing forever, and there was a natural transition into acting.

— Judy Greer

I grew up studying dance, taking ballet lessons.

— Jane Hamilton

I always wanted to act and sing, but my first love was ballet.

— Jennifer Ellison

I trained as a ballet dancer – well, I started when I was two and a half, and was serious about it from when I was eight until I was 18.

— Jessica Brown Findlay

If I had to reflect on the finest classical male ballet dancers of my time, Vladimir Vasiliev of the Bolshoi and the Danish dancer Eric Bruhn were, I feel, without peer.

— Jacques d’Amboise

I had been a ballet dancer and never could make a living, and just being so excited that I got to, all of a sudden, live as an actor.

— Lea Thompson

When I was a kid, I always had my hair in two plaits. But for dancing, I had to have it in a bun because I did ballet.

— Katarina Johnson-Thompson

I can dance. I like hip hop and stuff and jazz movements, but I’m horrible in ballet. I tried.

— Keke Palmer

Up until I was about 12, I was a ballet dancer and a basketball player.

— Katherine McNamara

I know that dancers, especially ballet dancers, can’t do it forever.

— Kelli Berglund

Ballet was this thing that just felt so innate in me, like I was meant to be doing this.

— Misty Copeland

At least in my performances, the audience has become so diverse in a way that I don’t think ballet has ever experienced.

— Misty Copeland

Once, the arts were opera, ballet, classical music, and everything else deemed highbrow.

— Melvyn Bragg

At 7, I was at the barre and dancing at folk festivals. Then I was a student with the ballet school of the Metropolitan Opera.

— Maria Karnilova

Ballet can be grueling, for sure, but it gives you a certain discipline.

— Margaret Qualley

Dance is very, very old. With Louis XIV at Versailles is where ballet started.

— Neve Campbell

I trained in every form of dance – started as a tap dancer when I was a kid, then contemporary, ballet, ballroom, everything. Russian, Swedish.

— Nigel Lythgoe

If a ballet dancer falls over, it’s knowing how to get out looking clumsy that counts.

— Ritchie Blackmore

The eternal and uneasy relationship between ballet and modern dance endures, but radically altered in tone and intensity.

— Robert Gottlieb

Ballet Hispanico is far from Irish, and, though it has strong dancers, its Spanishness has always left me unconvinced.

— Robert Gottlieb

As for the once-revolutionary ‘Agon,’ after more than half a century, its lessons and revelations have been so absorbed into the language of ballet that it now seems almost conventional.

— Robert Gottlieb

Twyla Tharp set her sights on ballet, and ballet, hungry for major talent, succumbed.

— Robert Gottlieb

As ye sow, so shall ye reap. When a ballet company spends a lot of money on gimmicky pieces, it’s stuck with them for a while – they have to earn their keep.

— Robert Gottlieb

All ballet galas are unbearable, but they’re unbearable in different ways.

— Robert Gottlieb

The heart of the classical repertory is the Tchaikovsky-Petipa ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ and no ballet is harder to get right.

— Robert Gottlieb

When you can’t follow a ballet’s action, you can always read the program notes.

— Robert Gottlieb

You can’t drink on an eight hour flight, pass out, and then go onstage… well you can, but then you’re Spandau Ballet.

— Robert Smith

I realized early on, I’m more interested in Baryshnikov than some dancer who wants to do a rock show with ballet.

— Savion Glover

I wear short shorts. After 10 years of strenuous ballet, it’s the least my legs can do for me.

— Solange Knowles

I went to ballet school for nine years, and there was an agent for the whole school who happened to be there visiting one of the performances. She suggested an audition.

— Sarah Sutton

In fact, ballet companies did not exist in the Midwest when I was a child.

— Suzanne Farrell

The particular ballet was not so important as the fact that I was physically healthy, and capable of getting out there and dancing as often as possible.

— Suzanne Farrell

Instead of watching cartoons when I was little, I had Russian ballet videos from, like, the 1950s and 1940s.

— Sarah Hay

Ballet has a very small audience, unfortunately.

— Sascha Radetsky

In the Thirties, when I was in New York, I did the first surrealistic ballet in a show of mine.

— Vincente Minnelli
Ballet Quotes

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