I hated the ballet, but I liked performing. I did 20 shows, and I couldn’t get the smile off my face.
Some people are painters, and some are ballet dancers, and I’m a writer.
I’ve been very physical my whole life. I’ve done a lot of ballet, fencing and karate, and everything.
Cincinnatians support a symphony, an opera, a ballet, museums, many galleries and theater groups.
I’ve never danced professionally as a ballet dancer, but all of my training is ballet, and I am a Fosse dancer.
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.
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.
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.
I have done the company lifestyle for 16 years, and ballet has changed.
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.
I frequently go to the ballet, but I don’t miss it in the sense that I wish I were still dancing.
Dancing is a tough career, but I’m glad I spent it at the Royal Ballet.
I wanted so badly to study ballet, but it was really all about wearing the tutu.
Apparently, I have good feet for ballet.
Most ballet teachers in the United States are terrible. If they were in medicine, everyone would be poisoned.
I took ballet dancing forever, and there was a natural transition into acting.
I grew up studying dance, taking ballet lessons.
I always wanted to act and sing, but my first love was ballet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I can dance. I like hip hop and stuff and jazz movements, but I’m horrible in ballet. I tried.
Up until I was about 12, I was a ballet dancer and a basketball player.
I know that dancers, especially ballet dancers, can’t do it forever.
Ballet was this thing that just felt so innate in me, like I was meant to be doing this.
At least in my performances, the audience has become so diverse in a way that I don’t think ballet has ever experienced.
Once, the arts were opera, ballet, classical music, and everything else deemed highbrow.
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.
Ballet can be grueling, for sure, but it gives you a certain discipline.
Dance is very, very old. With Louis XIV at Versailles is where ballet started.
I trained in every form of dance – started as a tap dancer when I was a kid, then contemporary, ballet, ballroom, everything. Russian, Swedish.
If a ballet dancer falls over, it’s knowing how to get out looking clumsy that counts.
The eternal and uneasy relationship between ballet and modern dance endures, but radically altered in tone and intensity.
Ballet Hispanico is far from Irish, and, though it has strong dancers, its Spanishness has always left me unconvinced.
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.
Twyla Tharp set her sights on ballet, and ballet, hungry for major talent, succumbed.
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.
All ballet galas are unbearable, but they’re unbearable in different ways.
The heart of the classical repertory is the Tchaikovsky-Petipa ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ and no ballet is harder to get right.
When you can’t follow a ballet’s action, you can always read the program notes.
You can’t drink on an eight hour flight, pass out, and then go onstage… well you can, but then you’re Spandau Ballet.
I realized early on, I’m more interested in Baryshnikov than some dancer who wants to do a rock show with ballet.
I wear short shorts. After 10 years of strenuous ballet, it’s the least my legs can do for me.
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.
In fact, ballet companies did not exist in the Midwest when I was a child.
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.
Instead of watching cartoons when I was little, I had Russian ballet videos from, like, the 1950s and 1940s.
Ballet has a very small audience, unfortunately.
In the Thirties, when I was in New York, I did the first surrealistic ballet in a show of mine.