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Ballet is the one place where art flourishes because of a woman; woman is the goddess, the poetess, the muse. That is why I have a company with beautiful girl dancers.
The ballet is a purely female thing; it is a woman, a garden of beautiful flowers, and man is the gardener.
First comes the sweat. Then then comes the beauty. If you are lucky and have said your prayers.
Publicity overrates everything. Picasso's overrated. I'm overrated. Even Jack Benny's overrated.
Woman can do without man in the ballet, but man cannot have any ballet company without woman.
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January 22, 1904
April 30, 1983
George Balanchine was one of the 20th century's most prominent choreographers. Styled as the father of American ballet, he co-founded the New York City Ballet and remained its Artistic Director for more than 35 years.
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