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After House of Flowers, there was a long period of unemployment, and I wondered if I was going to be able to keep myself together in New York City.
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Although ostensibly I had moved to San Francisco to get away from dance, I knew who the modern dancers were.
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Balanchine has given the world so much. He influenced me as a choreographer, and he has influenced generations of dancers.
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Balanchine's contributions as a teacher, as the founder of a great school, the School of American Ballet, are enormous.
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Black body types are varied, as are all body types, and I like to use them all.
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Choreography is mentally draining, but there's a pleasure in getting into the studio with the dancers and the music.
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Church people share a special fondness for Revelations, and many of the most devout church people are black.
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Costumes are very important, especially in character dances, and most of my dances are about people.
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Dance is for everybody. I believe that the dance came from the people and that it should always be delivered back to the people.
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Feelings of inferiority have from way back have run throughout my whole career.
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For a short time, I went to an all-white school. I hated it. I just couldn't relate to those people, and the whole month I spent there was just miserable.
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Gymnastics is a solo sport. I did the rings and several exercises, but doing free floor exercises was what really turned me on.
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Here I was, the new choreographer trying to fill Lester Horton's shoes and a kind of spiritual leader of the Horton Company.
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How many black people do you see at high society parties or with the Fords or the DuPonts or whoever makes up the Social Register?
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I always want more.
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I always want to have more dancers in my company.
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I am trying to show the world that we are all human beings and that color is not important. What is important is the quality of our work.
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I came from the Brazos Valley in Texas, picking cotton.
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I decided that after our 30th anniversary, I would put Revelations away for a while.
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I decided that my first great contribution to the world as a choreographer would be Blues Suite, a dance about the Dew Drop Inn of my Texas childhood.
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I did extensive research, listened to a lot of music, dug even deeper into my early Texas memories, and came up with the piece I would call Revelations.
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I doubt whether the new ballet is going to be what it really should be.
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I felt that no matter what I did, what ballet I made, how beautifully I danced, it was not good enough.
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I had a lot of homosexual fantasies before anything got physical.
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I had decided I wanted to develop a black folk dance company that would combine the work of Katherine Dunham and a Filipino dance company I once saw.
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I have blood memories about Texas, the blues, spirituals, gospels, works songs, all those things going in in the 1930s during the Depression.
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I knew most of the gay people in junior high school and high school.
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I knew my limitations, and I was willing to learn.
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I look for dancers who have an oozy quality in their movement.
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I never got to know Truman Capote very well. His reign as director lasted only a couple of days.
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I partied a lot; I searched out all the movie theaters that showed foreign films. For a year I did little serious work.
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I spent much of my time sliding on my knees, my back, my shoulders, my head, and whatever part of my body Ross could invent a slide for. I loved it.
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I still had an enormous conflict in my young mind about what I wanted to do with myself. I was convinced there was no future for a black man in dance.
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I want to have bigger ballets, I want to have live music.
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I wanted to put something on stage that will have a very wide appeal without being condescending; that will reach an audience and make it part of the dance; that will get everybody in the theater.
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I was under the impression that I could do anything.
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I'm attracted to long-legged girls with long arms and a little head.
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I'm more interested in what's next.
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If I go awhile without taking lithium, I find myself occasionally slipping back into depression.
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If you live in the elite world of dance, you find yourself in a world rife with racism. Let's face it.
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In 1963, I met Duke Ellington. When he asked me if my group would consider being part of his show, I was ecstatic.
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In Show Boat, we wore feathery costumes in an African scene in which I was one of 16 guys who came out bearing spears.
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In the 1940s and '50s,when I started my company, there was no climate of funding at all.
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In the days when I was in terrific shape and we used to do intricate steps and hard falls on the floor during rehearsals, I felt terrific.
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In this business, life is one long fund-raising effort.
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It will take very sophisticated marketing to achieve our aim of bringing more black people into the theater.
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Karel Shook attracted black dancers because nobody else wanted us to study with them. He welcomed us.
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Lena Horne is the sweetest and most adorable woman in the world.
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Living through the 1930s, the lack of a real father, not having enough food sometimes, all left an enormous strain and a sense of inferiority.
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Martha Graham had toured Southeast Asia before us, but we were the first to tour so extensively.
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Money is a never-ending problem.
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My earlier dancers were not the world's greatest dancers.
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My feelings about myself have been terrible.
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My first ballet out of the hospital was a tough one. How much of the craziness was a part of what I was as a creative person?
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My last play was Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright.
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My lasting impression of Truman Capote is that he was a terribly gentle, terribly sensitive, and terribly sad man.
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No matter what you write or choreograph, you feel it's not enough.
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Nothing personal; I just don't have people over.
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One of the processes of your life is to constantly break down that inferiority, to constantly reaffirm that I Am Somebody.
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One of the worst things about racism is what it does to young people.
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People think that because the company is looking wonderful, everything is fine. They never realize how much all this costs.
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Preserve modern dance to know where it's been in order to know where it's going, and to encourage the participation of the audience.
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Racism tears down your insides so that no matter what you achieve, you're not quite up to snuff.
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Some say Memoria is one of my best works.
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Sometimes you feel bad about yourself when there's no reason to.
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The audience screamed, hollered, and stomped their feet.
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The church was always very important, very theatrical, very intense.
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The creative process is not controlled by a switch you can simply turn on or off; it's with you all the time.
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The critics said that Carmen was the most beautiful woman in the world and that I was one of the handsomest men.
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The dancers should be fed, kept alive, interested.
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The depression is the part that says, Why am I doing this? Why do I want a dance company? I'm tired of the whole godamned thing.
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The teachers in high school were very good about taking us places, and I began to learn more about Los Angeles.
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The tour established a strong connection between us and the Japanese people.
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Their moves, their jumps, their agility, the sensuality of what they did, just blew me away. I was taken into another realm. It was a transcendent experience for me.
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There was no question they loved us in Australia.
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Two years after moving to Greenwich Village, I finally did crawl out. I decided that Greenwich Village was not the place for serious creative work.
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We coach and direct them to bring out their personalities. We want them to be capable of acting out various parts.
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We had planned to make four ballets over a period of two months. Now we have been asked to make two over a period of eight months. The situation is very dire.
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We still spend more time chasing funds than we do in the studio in creative work.
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We were aware that the Ku Klux Klansmen were striking terror in the area even while I was growing up.
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We're trying to create a whole spectrum of experience for the dancer as well as the audience.
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What about some brandy or beer? You can sneak it into the room.
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What can I do without music? I can't work like that.
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When I was about 5 years old, my mother was raped by four white men.
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When the boys I ran around with decided to rob a store, they asked me to go with them. I remember taking about 10 minutes to find the courage to say no.
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When we first toured Vietnam, the war had not yet started, but American soldiers were already stationed there.
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You got any pot? I need a stimulant.
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