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It's either not good enough and dies altogether, or it develops. ---->>>

And then you have the classical ballerinas, they're like sopranos. Applied to the dance. ---->>>

Classical ballet will never die. ---->>>

Exactly the same with dancing, you can't dance until you've learnt steps, the things your feet can do. ---->>>

Nearly everything in life goes in threes and fours. ---->>>

Somebody must always be doing something new, or life would get very dull. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

There would never have been a British Ballet without Diaghilev. He had a wonderful influence. ---->>>

There's nothing in the world that isn't good, bad, and indifferent. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

So it takes years to make a solid company. ---->>>

Hardly any generation wants to take the whole of the last generation, it just wants to take its best bits. ---->>>

Oh yes, after the war, and we were all starving - we had no proper food or anything - no proper shoes. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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? ---->>>

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. ---->>>

As time goes on, all schools only get left alive if they have found something special themselves. ---->>>

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. ---->>>


Nationality: Irish
Born: June 6, 1898
Birthplace: Blessington,County Wicklow,Ireland
Die: 03-08, 2001
Occupation: Dancer

Dame Ninette de Valois OM CH DBE (6 June 1898 – 8 March 2001) was an Anglo-Irish dancer, teacher, choreographer, and director of classical ballet. She began life in Ireland as Edris Stannus. Most notably, she danced professionally with Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, later establishing the Royal Ballet, one of the foremost ballet companies of the 20th century and still one of the leading ballet companies in the world (wikipedia)