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Dancing is bigger than the physical body. Think bigger than that. When you extend your arm, it doesn't stop at the end of your fingers, because you're dancing bigger than that. You're dancing spirit. ---->>>

I believe God has a path for me. He's always had a path for me, and I've always been in the right place at the right time - not because of my efforts, but because of my preparation and because of the guides that I have, the mentors that I have, the spiritual walkers that I've had all my life. ---->>>

People don't remember me for how high my legs went, even though they went up very high, and how many pirouettes I did. They don't remember me for that. They remember me and any other dancer because something touched them inside. It's an indelible memory on the heart and in the mind. ---->>>

I want to know who you are as a person, and then I want you to develop as a whole human being. ---->>>

I don't think of myself as a leader. I am, but I don't think of myself that way. I'm not trying to belittle what I do, but I think of myself as a dancer first. I'll always be a dancer. ---->>>

It's called the Ailey American Dance Theatre, not the Alvin Ailey African-American Dance Theatre. One thing also that Alvin wanted people to recognize, he had to wake up black every day. That's not an issue. His culture is an issue, not his color, his culture. So he really negated the fact that there was such a thing as a black choreographer. ---->>>

Dance is not endangered - it will always find a way to express itself. ---->>>

Strive for perfection. Nobody's going to be perfect on this earth. But strive for perfection. ---->>>

I've been in a competitive situation almost all my life. I've been having a competition with myself and trying to be the best I could be. ---->>>

The word 'suffering' is not in my vocabulary. ---->>>

People come to see beauty, and I dance to give it to them. ---->>>

Concert dance is the hardest kind of dance. We tour constantly, around the world, year in and year out. It just doesn't work for everybody. It's the lifestyle, it's the stamina, it's the love, it's the dedication, it's the commitment, it's all those words. ---->>>

Dancers use their bodies in extraordinary ways, so we are chronically pre-arthritic, because of how we use our muscles and our bones. ---->>>

I believe in being prepared. I'm going to say that. Pray, prepare, proceed. ---->>>

I haven't had a family, but I don't think of that as a sacrifice: my dancers are my family. ---->>>

I was a protege; by the age of 10, I was studying with ballet choreographer Anthony Tudor in a class of adults. ---->>>

I went to an audition for a Harry Belafonte Roaring Twenties special for choreographer Donald McKayle, but I failed. ---->>>

I'm very smart when it comes to choosing dancers and trying to show the world that there's a whole lot of dancing going on. ---->>>

I've danced all over the world, and people are people. We cannot cut off from each other in life. In order to lead, you can't do that. ---->>>

I've had a really charmed life, you know. Things always come to me - they just do. ---->>>

If people all over the world, year after year, request that you do 'Revelations,' you do 'Revelations.' ---->>>

Maybe it's a generational thing, but I never wanted to be the best black dancer in the world. I just wanted to be the best. ---->>>

You have to dance unencumbered. There's no other way to move. The idea of dance is freedom. It is not exclusiveness, it's inclusiveness. ---->>>

As long as there are dancers around who love to dance, there will be an Alvin Ailey American Dance Company. We miss him so much, but he's alive as soon as you see a dancer hit the stage. ---->>>

At 10, I could walk down the street and see over everybody's head. I don't remember being little or having to look up at people. I think I was born 5 feet 10. It's not that I felt especially tall. I was wondering when everybody else was going to catch up. ---->>>

I tell young people that people aren't just going to flock to you as your mentors. You have to seek them out. It could be your next-door neighbor; it could be somebody upstairs from you, somebody down the block from you. An aunt or an uncle. Some relative. A parent. ---->>>

My idea for the Jamison Project was rather like a pickup company. The idea was to give the dancers a taste of the menu. Today, dancers need to try as many companies as possible without having a drop-dead loyalty to me or anyone else. They like to have the leeway to go their own way. ---->>>

One thing I cannot stand is when people say, 'Hi, how are you?' and they don't wait to hear how I am. They're just going through the motions. I say to people: 'Keep it human. Keep it alive. Don't turn into a robot.' You have to hear what the other person is saying clearly. ---->>>

We can go on talking about racism and who treated whom badly, but what are you going to do about it? Are you going to wallow in that or are you going to create your own agenda? ---->>>

We're dancing from here, from inside, not from outside. You could look at anybody throwing their leg and kick their leg up and a million pirouettes and do all kinds of tricks and stuff like that. But that's not what dance is really about. ---->>>

The world is full of ways for people to dance. Concert dance doesn't get its due. ---->>>

As a dancer, you really try to stay true to whatever the choreographer/artistic director is giving you. So, now the shoe is on the other foot and I have to trust everyone else - I have to trust the dancer. As I was trusted as a dancer, I trust my dancers. ---->>>

I could say now at 66, yeah, I was a fabulous dancer. I was really terrific, you know. But I was always present. I was present. I was supposed to be where I was supposed to be at the time I was supposed to be. ---->>>

My wonderful editor, Jackie Onassis, asked me to write a book that I wanted to write. I said, 'Look, it's not going to be scandalized. I'm not going to talk about anybody like a dog. I'm going to say the positiveness of my life, and talk about those who have contributed to the way I've been going, and that's that.' ---->>>

Since babyhood, I've always evolved from one thing to another. My mother gave me ballet lessons at 6 as part of her enthusiasm for the arts and for life. We went to museums, to the theater. While her own talent was untapped, she worked for church causes. ---->>>

The way Alvin Ailey has transformed modern dance and dance in general is the fact of variety. It's a cornucopia of ways to move. There are choreographers in the company as - as diverse, as different from each other as Donald McKayle and Bill T. Jones, or Jawole Zollar and John Butler, Lar Lubovitch, you know, and Judith Jamison. ---->>>

You wake up white, and you think about certain things every day. You wake up black, and you think about certain things. You wake up Chinese, and you think certain things - but those things aren't major. What's major is that you are good at your craft. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 05-10, 1943
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Occupation: Dancer
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Judith Ann Jamison (born May 10, 1943) is an American dancer and choreographer, best known as the Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.(wikipedia)