Ballet Quotes

Beautiful quotes about ballet, ballerinas and sore feet!


Ballet technique is arbitrary and very difficult. It never becomes easy... it becomes possible.
Agnes de Mille

Ballet is a dance executed by the human soul.
Alexander Pushkin

Ballet is the one form of theater where nobody speaks a foolish word all evening nobody on the stage at least.
Edwin Denby

Ballet is not just movement, not simply abstract.  It’s something beautiful. Sometimes there’s this feeling in the movement that makes me want to cry.
Nina Ananiashvili

You don't have to know about ballet to enjoy it, all you have to do is look at it.
Edwin Denby

Most people think of ballet as children in little tutus. They don't know it is sweat, blood and tears as well!
Nan Keating

Ballet class is like Life Lessons 101. You learn some of life's most important lessons here that you will carry with you forever.
Joanne H. Morscher

A real ballerina must fill her space with her own personality.
Natalia Makarova

Letting go of perfectionism, so ingrained in the nature of a ballet dancer, can be the most difficult thing.
Author Unknown

I think most dancers would agree that the art of ballet chooses the dancer, not the other way around.
Kevin McKenzie

There are two basic elements to classical ballet. They are quality and quantity. Quantity is how much a dancer can physically do… the element that gives an artist the freedom to concentrate on quality, while quality is how he or she does it…quality of movement… the most difficult phase… requires long and arduous training.
Igor Schwezoff

A fine picture is but the image of nature; a finished ballet is nature herself.
J.G. Noverre

The vocabulary and manner of classical ballet express a high order of discipline and restraint, a sense of harmony with forces larger and more lasting than the individual.
Marsha B. Siegel

A lot of people insisted on a wall between modern dance and ballet. I'm beginning to think that walls are very unhealthy things.
Twyla Tharp

What's so wonderful about ballet is that it's mind-driven physicality. It's almost a Greek ideal of body, mind, and form.
Edward Villella

Ballet discipline: only the true believer would suffer the rigors it demanded.
Author Unknown

Common sense would tell parents never to send their children to a ballet school. Common sense would tell teenagers that there is a wider and happier world beyond the grueling strictures of daily barre and class. Common sense would tell the graduating student that there are infinitely superior ways of making money than joining a professional ballet company. Common sense would tell a young dancer that very few (laughably few) of his or her colleagues will ever make it to the top or even near the top. Yet... there remains the dance and the dancer.
Author Unknown

If it were not for dreams there would not be such a thing as ballet, the cruelest of the performing arts.”
Author Unknown

Everything is beautiful at the ballet...
from “A Chorus Line”

Anyone who has a child today should train him to be either a physicist or a ballet dancer. Then he'll escape.
W. H. Auden

Ballet is not technique but a way of expression that comes more closely to the inner language of man than any other.
George Borodin

Ballet is only good when it is great.
Arlene Croce

Classical ballet is so unforgiving.
Francis Patrellel