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" The more injuries you get, the smarter you get. "
" I have some Russian friends. But probably only 10 percent. I don't hang out usually in the big Russian communities in Brooklyn and New Jersey. "
" I adored my mother, and I will always have extraordinary memories about her and remember her, and she opened the doors for me to appreciate arts. "
" I think art education, especially in this country, which government pretty much ignores, is so important for young people. "
" Choreographers use me as the old guy who still dances. Not that I put on white tights. "
" Dancers are stripped enough onstage. You don't have to know more about them than they've given you already. "
" I have the life of seven cats. "
" I was not extremely patriotic about Mother Russia. I played their game, pretending. You have to deal with, you know, party people, KGB. Horrifying. "
" Running a company is pretty demanding. "
" No matter what I try to do or explore, my Kirov training, my expertise, and my background call me to return to dancing after all, because that's my real vocation, and I have to serve it. "
" Your body actually reminds you about your age and your injuries - the body has a stronger memory than your mind. "
" I don't drink milk, and I don't eat bread, pasta or rice. But I eat a lot of meat, chicken, fish and salads. "
" Soviet regime in a way deprived me from my childhood in my homeland, because my father was in military, and after the Yalta agreement he was sent to teach in military academy in Riga, and I was born then. "
" Dancing is my obsession. My life. "
" In any art form, in Hollywood or in music, there is a handful of people who really, you know, move the envelope. "
" I've always said, 'I am a selector, I am not defector' - the first few phrases in English I learned. I said I hate 'defector'; something defective about the people. It's a bad word. "
" My father was a Party member and he was a pretty high rank military officer under the colonel, junior colonel, I don't know the term. He was a total Stalinist. A bit with a streak of anti-Semitism and very shrewd man, a very kind of nervous man. "
" When I'm alone, I work sometimes with music, sometimes without and sometimes just listening to NPR. "
" Nobody is born a dancer. "
" Astaire was not a sexual animal, but he made his partners look so extraordinarily related to him. "
" Now there is in a way a renaissance of modern dance - suddenly, it is more respected and discovered. "
" Film, theater and television always kind of scared me. I don't ever seriously think of myself as an actor at all, and I don't plan any film career or television career. "
" I cannot stand authority. "
" I am teaching more. That is what I do best. "
" I am not trying to do material which I cannot do full out. "
" I like to go to anybody else's birthday, and if I'm invited I'm a good guest. But I never celebrate my birthdays. I really don't care. "
" I never liked dance photography; it's very flat, and dance photography in the studio looks very contrived. "
" It's weird when you see pieces of choreography that were done for you 15 or 20 years ago and now they are being done by another dance company. "
" I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself. "
" You cannot be happy with your family while being personally unhappy with your work. It's a Catch-22 kind of thing. "
" Nobody else in the world has a form like the Native American musical, and Americans should be very proud. "