The Best Balanchine Quotes in Honor of Mr. B's Birthday
George Balanchine backstage (Paul Kolnik, courtesy Dance Magazine Archives)
Happy birthday, George Balanchine! The great choreographer and founder of New York City Ballet would have been 114 years old today. Balanchine revolutionized ballet, especially American ballet—and he also had quite a way with words. To celebrate Mr. B's birthday, we rounded up some of our favorite iconic Balanchine quotes.
"See the music, hear the dance."
"Why are you stingy with yourselves? Why are you holding back? What are you saving for—for another time? There are not other times. There is only now. Right now."
"First comes the sweat. Then comes the beauty, if you're very lucky and have said your prayers."
"Dancers are instruments, like a piano the choreographer plays."