I liked math. Counting was easy for me, which was good, because a lot of the ballets have involved difficult counts.
I had two sisters, and we would love to get dressed up and pretend that we were chic, sophisticated ladies. And I think that was a great sort of preparation, in a way.
I think especially in a world where you have so little say about what goes on in your life, or in the politics of the world around you, it is wonderful to go into that studio, and tell yourself what to do.
But what was my motivation was music, and the fact that I love to move around. I'm always moving around.
I'm thought of as a cool, unemotional dancer, but inside I'm not.
When you are on stage, you don't see faces. The lights are in your eyes and you see just this black void out in front of you. And yet you know there is life out there, and you have to get your message across.
I liked tap, because I liked hearing the results of my movements.
On the other hand, I think it is wonderful for everyone to take ballet classes, at any age. It gives you a discipline, it gives you a place to go. It gives you some control in your life.
It's ungrateful to be wishing you were doing something else at the moment you are living. You haven't lived in the moment that you are really living, you are wishing you were somewhere else.
There is pain and sacrifice in everyone's world. That's why, when I was dancing, I had no pain.
I liked Latin, I like languages, I liked all the myths, and the Roman tales that we were required to translate in Latin, and all these interesting people who were never quite what they thought they would be or seemed to be.
That the work involved, the willingness to take chances, the commitment, the opportunity to get on stage and make people happy, was more important than becoming famous, or even what I was dancing.
I had a wonderful childhood, coming from Cincinnati, and I think that it was great going into the life that I was going to have, where you have to start young as a dancer.
Of course, in the art class, I was the model.
I liked to read but, being a dancer, I didn't have a lot of time to read.
You don't learn from a situation where you do something well. You enjoy it and you give yourself credit, but you don't really learn from that. You learn from trial and error, trial and error, all the time.
I learned to love dance for its own sake.
I used to love to play dress-up, where you get your mother's or your grandmother's dresses and high heels.
I could work out a lot of my emotions by going to class and dancing.
As soon as I hear music, something in me starts to vibrate.
I didn't have any doubts about my choice of career, but I had constant doubts about my ability, yes.
I loved tests because it was another form of competing, a healthy competition.