George Balanchine Poster

Quotes (8)

  • "Ballet is Woman. In sports, it's Mickey Mantle. In politics, it's Eisenhower. In ballet, it's woman. Women are lighter, more flexible. They move more beautifully. He is not the King, but she's the Queen".
  • Retire? You mean will I die?
  • (To some lackluster dancers in his studio): "Why are you stingy with yourselves? Why are you holding back? What are you saving for-for another time? There are no other times. There is only now. Right now".
  • I don't want people who want to dance; I want people who have to dance.
  • First comes the sweat. Then comes the beauty if you're very lucky and have said your prayers.
  • Someone once said that dancers work just as hard as policeman, always alert, always tense. But i don't agree with that because policeman don't have to look beautiful at the same time.
  • We must first realize that dancing is an absolutely independent art, not merely a secondary accompanying one. I believe that it is one of the great arts. . . . The important thing in ballet is the movement itself. A ballet may contain a story, but the visual spectacle . . . is the essential element. The choreographer and the dancer must remember that they reach the audience through the eye. It's the illusion created which convinces the audience, much as it is with the work of a magician.
  • [advice to dancer Edward Villella, who wanted to recreate Balanchine own work 'The Prodigal'] Oh no, dear, awful ballet. Lousy, rotten. No good. I hate it. Old-fashioned. Terrible ballet. Don't do it. Do something else.