Ballet Quotes

Shirley Maclaine, dancer.

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Ballet Quotes is here to motivate you to reach your ballet related goals, whatever they may be!

Dance is an art that imprints on the soul. It is with you every moment, it expresses itself in everything you do.

-Shirley Maclaine

Then come the lights shining on you from above. You are a performer. You forget all you learned, the process of technique, the fear, the pain, you even forget who you are you become one with the music, the lights, indeed one with the dance.

-Shirley Maclaine

One is born to be a dancer. No teacher can work miracles,
nor will years of training make a good dancer of an untalented pupil.

One may be able to acquire a certain technical facility, but no one can ever ‘acquire an exceptional talent.’ I have never prided myself on having an unusually gifted pupil.  A Pavlova is no one’s pupil but God’s.

-George Balanchine

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Ballet Quote:

Dancing is the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, it is not translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself.

- H Ellis

From Dame Margot Fonteyn:

The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one’s work seriously and taking oneself seriously. The first is imperative and the second disastrous.

-Dame Margot Fonteyn



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