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All the children in the school should learn the steps of everything, before they learn the thing, then they know which step they're doing better, because your voice is in certain steps and has to do most of the things that have been composed in those steps.
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Also, if you have an accident, you can't start to dance again at the top, you're too weak; you start with the easy things - the way you did them when you were young, and come up up up, the way you did then.
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And then you have the classical ballerinas, they're like sopranos. Applied to the dance.
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As time goes on, all schools only get left alive if they have found something special themselves.
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Classical ballet will never die.
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Diaghilev was the first to notice good character dancers and that sort of thing.
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Exactly the same with dancing, you can't dance until you've learnt steps, the things your feet can do.
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First of all, the most important, that is to learn everything good that has survived from other times, and carefully to watch the bad - and throw it out.
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God gave us all exactly the same fingers, arms, legs, and feet, but in our different countries we divided them all a little differently as we feel it, do you understand?
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Hardly any generation wants to take the whole of the last generation, it just wants to take its best bits.
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It's either not good enough and dies altogether, or it develops.
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It's like the voice. We don't force a voice which we decide is lower than a lot of others, we teach it to sing in what we call their key, don't we?
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Nearly everything in life goes in threes and fours.
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No no, we ALL teach each other, whether it's dancing, whether it's singing, whether it's talking, we all listen to each other. That's progress.
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Now there are so many big companies, everybody says if you want to see really beautiful footwork, go to England.
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Oh yes, after the war, and we were all starving - we had no proper food or anything - no proper shoes.
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Oh yes, technique has definitely advanced. But you never advance without losing something en passant, and you lose it because you're paying so much attention to the new thing.
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So I don't see that it matters to the world that I die, but I know that as far as I am concerned, I would love to go to God.
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So it takes years to make a solid company.
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Somebody must always be doing something new, or life would get very dull.
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Someone who is a classical dancer, has to have very special pretty feet, she has to have slim well-made legs and so on.
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The best way to study is to go to the Cecchetti method for about a year and draw onto all the highest points and then put that into the general method.
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The classes should be divided: The barre work, that's half an hour, then you come into the center, and a certain number of those exercises which are possible are done in the center, which are arms held out in the second, held above your head, or held down by your waist, do you understand?
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There would never have been a British Ballet without Diaghilev. He had a wonderful influence.
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There's nothing in the world that isn't good, bad, and indifferent.
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We should believe in going to God, and I think I've been long enough on this earth.
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Well it, nothing is done easily, you first have the thing, then the thing has a success, then all sorts of difficulties arise through the success.
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Well, I mean, we are developing the other parts, and we can't give quite all our attention to the upper part, but soon the lower parts will be developed, and the upper part and the lower part will become partners, that will be wonderful.
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You can't expect the press to stand still and not to want to change their minds, and develop something you and I haven't noticed.
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You can't stop what comes into a country, you can be influenced, but you can't stop it, you shouldn't, because it makes all the others interesting, we all get muddled up together, and produce something that belongs to everyone.
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