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" A dancer's life is all about repetition. "
" It's very important to work myself physically as hard as I can. "
" With each piece I've completed I have worked to make it intact, and each of them has been an equal high. It's like children. A mother refuses to pick out one as a favorite, and I can't do any better with the dances. "
" Who a dancer is physically feeds into character for me. Always has. "
" These days, I think we could all agree that having a just-friend is not a bad thing. "
" What we want from modern dance is courage and audacity. "
" There's the tradition of the 19th-century ballets, and the 20th century has had a difficult time with that tradition. And it's had a difficult time with many components of the Romantic imagination because of modernism. "
" I have not wanted to intimidate audiences. I have not wanted my dancing to be an elitist form. That doesn't mean I haven't wanted it to be excellent. "
" It's very difficult for me to do fund raising for my own organization if I'm working for other companies because sponsors will say, 'Well, hey, man, if she's doing a ballet for Ballet Theatre, we'll give money to Ballet Theatre.' "
" Broadway has some very tight expectations as to what a show is. "
" What I do remember is visualization of the sound of music, seeing bodies in movement in relation to how music sounded, because my mother practiced at the keyboard a lot and I also went to her lessons. As a two year old, three year old I remember seeing things in movement. "
" I used to say to myself, 'Well, in the old days everybody danced because they loved to dance, and there was none of this professional garbage going on about how much can you get for this or that or the other, or any of the kinds of things that insecurity can sometimes promote. Sometimes it's for the wrong reasons.' "
" The only thing I fear more than change is no change. The business of being static makes me nuts. "
" I don't mean this, but I'm going to say it anyway. I don't really think of pop art and serious art as being that far apart. "
" Everything present is included in the past somewhere; nobody's present pops out of nowhere. "
" I'm a known reader. That's what I do with my time. "
" Dance is just like film in that it allows for thoughts in movement. "
" My dancers expect me to deliver because my choreography represents their livelihood. "
" There are very few critics who have historical context or authority. "
" If a thing moves, it lives. "
" I often say that in making dances I can make a world where I think things are done morally, done democratically, done honestly. "
" I've read probably 25 or 30 books by Balzac, all of Tolstoy - the novels and letters - and all of Dickens. I learned my craft from these guys. "
" At the ballet classes I took when I first came to New York, I would see great dancers like Cynthia Gregory and Lupe Serrano. I would look at them and study what they could do, and what I couldn't do. And then I'd think maybe they should try what I could do. "
" In dreams, anything can be anything, and everybody can do. We can fly, we can turn upside down, we can transform into anything. "
" You can only generate ideas when you put pencil to paper, brush to canvas... when you actually do something physical. "
" People often say to me, 'I don't know anything about dance.' I say, 'Stop. You got up this morning, and you're walking. You are an expert.' "
" I'm obviously always interested in the dancer who's an athlete and vice versa. I expect dancers to be in condition like an athlete is and to challenge themselves in the same way, to the same physical degree. "
" Unfortunately, I think we've probably all had the experience that if we're in a relationship where one of the partners is doing it 'my' way, that relationship is not going to survive. "
" I've survived inattention. I hope to God I survive attention. "
" When I was a kid, toe dancing and toe shoes had a meaning in our culture as a serious kind of art. "
" In those days, male dancers were a rarer breed than women. as they are still today, A good male dancer, one as strong as we were, was very difficult to come by if you couldn't afford to pay them. "