Ballet Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old ballet quotes, ballet sayings, and ballet proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Learning ballet is wonderful for children even if they never become dancers. It is wonderful because it teaches discipline, grace, and manners.

Anna Paskevska

Ballet is created on beautiful lines and shapes. If what you hear and what you see mesh, there's a very thrilling experience.     

Martin Fridmann

I think most dancers would agree that the art of ballet chooses the dancer, not the other way around.

Kevin Mckenzie

You go to the ballet and you see girls dancing on their tiptoes. Why don't they just get taller girls?

Greg Ray

Ballet is not technique but a way of expression that comes more closely to the inner language of man than any other.

George Borodin

Ballet technique is arbitrary and very difficult. It never becomes easy; it becomes possible.

Agnes De Mille

Ballet is a dance executed by the human soul.

Alexander Pushkin

You don't have to know about ballet to enjoy it, all you have to do is look at it.     

Edwin Denby

Ballet is important and significant - yes. But first of all it is a pleasure.

George Balanchine

Ballet is only good when it is great.     

Arlene Croce

Ballet class is like Life Lessons 101. You learn some of life's most important lessons here that you will carry with you forever.

Joanne H. Morscher

Ballet is the one form of theater where nobody speaks a foolish word all evening, nobody on the stage at least.

Edwin Denby

Most people think of ballet as children in little tutus. They don't know it is sweat, blood and tears as well!

Nan Keating

Ballet is an incredibly difficult, beautiful art form that takes a lot of training, a lot of time, and a lot of hard work.     

Sutton Foster

Ballet is good, because it makes you stand up tall.

Carine Roitfeld

Ballet is like any other art form in that we all start out knowing nothing about it.     

Robert Gottlieb

If ballet was easy, then everyone would be doing it.     

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The domain of the ballet dancer is not earth but air.

Lincoln Kirstein

In ballet a complicated story is impossible to tell... we can't dance synonyms.

George Balanchine

Ballet is the fairies' baseball.

Oscar Levant

Ballet is purifying, every movement physically honed and essential, with no superfluity or excess.

Jennifer Homans

Ballet is a universe of the imagination, a place of magic and enchantment, beauty and romance. Its many worlds vibrate with graceful dancers, glorious music, and sumptuous costumes.

Trudy Garfunkel

The ballet is a purely female thing; it is a woman, a garden of beautiful flowers, and man is the gardener.

George Balanchine

The ballet embodies the notes of music. And sometimes you almost feel like you can see the notes dance up there on the stage.

Robert Caro

The ballet needs to tell its own story in such a way it can be received without having to be translated into language.

Twyla Tharp

At the ballet, you really feel like you're in the presence of something outside the rest of your life. Higher than the rest of your life.

Robert Caro

Ballet is completely unnatural to the body, just being turned-out... it's not the way your body is supposed to function, so you actually train your body to be a different structure than you were born with.     

Neve Campbell

Ballet is such a disciplined craft and it has given me a good grounding.     

Jennifer Ellison

A fine picture is but the image of nature; a finished ballet is nature herself.

Jean-Georges Noverre

Ballet will speak for itself. About itself.     

George Balanchine