"No performance is a perfect performance but some performances allow for the feeling of perfection. Achieving this moment of ecstasy easily validates all the pain and struggle of the art form by taking us, and possibly our audience, for a moment to a world beyond our own."
"A lot of people insisted on a wall between modern dance and ballet. I’m beginning to think that walls are very unhealthy things."
"The classical performer invites the audience to eavesdrop on the most sublime conversation. To achieve such empathy through movement requires of the dancer the most demanding kind of inspiration: the mind must reckon with love, as if to bind and heal a broken heart. For the audience, this is best understood during those moments of enthusiasm when the clapping of hands signifies a kind of reverence, when thoughts are able to comprehend the feelings that have been inspired by the artist."
"Ballet is a riddle of means and ends. Speaking from experience, that ridde cannot be solved soley through formal rules applied in the mirror. Classical virtuosity is more than technique, line, proportion and balance. It is as if the performer and spectator come together to hold in their hands a bird with a broken wing.The creature can be felt to stir, to struggle for freedom. Its life responds to human warmth; its wing might brush your cheek as it flies away."