William Shakespeare on Dance

"When you do dance, I wish you A wave o' th' sea, that you might ever do Nothing but that." The Winter's Tale (IV, iv, 159-161)  


Paul Taylor on Imperfection

"There’s always some kind of flaw in things. But it’s good because then I want to keep going. If I did a perfect dance I think I’d quit, you know? It’s a goal"

Twyla Tharp on Creativity

  “Creativity is a habit, and the best creativity is the result of good work habits.”  

Henri Matisse on Artistry

"An artist must possess nature. He must identify himself  with his rhythm, by efforts that will prepare the mastery  which will later enable him to express himself in his own language."    

Natalia Dudinskaya

  “A single style, a single dance ‘handwriting,’ which manifests  itself most clearly in the harmonious plasticity of movement and the expressiveness of the arms, in the responsive suppleness and at the same time the iron aplomb of the body, in the noble and natural placement of the head — and these are the distinctive traits of... Continue Reading →

Margot Fonteyn

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

Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration

"What I wanted to put on stage had to have more reality than much of what I was seeing in the 1940s and 50s … Little of what I was seeing then had any contact with a real world of feeling and human behaviour. Ballet looked like window-dressing. I wanted to make ballets in which... Continue Reading →

Mikhail Baryshinkov on Self-improvement

"I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself." - Mikhail Baryshnikov http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8__iRsxG_A http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsp24YCeWv4

Ulyana Lopatkina on the Use of the Body

 "You have to treat your body like a child: Don’t indulge its whims, but know the limits of what it can endure."