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137,307. The life of a competitive figure skater is like a monk. When there’s ice you’re going to skate on it … There is no opportunity for friends and family. (Ice Skating & Ballet) Storyville: John Curry: The Ice King, dude, BBC 2020
137,308. I wanted to be a dancer. I was allowed to ice skate. Because it was a sport they thought it was OK. (Ice Skating & Ballet) ibid. John
137,309. John was the first one to really merge this deep expressiveness of dance with the athletic virtuosity of skating. (Ice Skating & Ballet) ibid. woman
137,310. I was told not to be so graceful and I couldn’t understand why. (Ice Skating & Ballet) ibid. John
137,311. John was the European champion going into the Olympics and that shifted everything. (Ice Skating & Ballet) ibid. woman
10,922. He looks down at the girls from extravagant 3-D viewpoints that art had never chosen before. (Art & Ballet) Waldemar Januszczak, The Impressionists III: Painting and Revolution: Painting The People
10,923. Degas’ most intense examination of women – his most productive voyeurism – took place not in a bathtub or in Sparta but from a box in the theatre from where he loved to watch the ballet. (Art & Ballet) ibid.
10,924. Edgar Degas is widely celebrated as a pioneering French Impressionist and the first great painter of beautiful ballerinas. (Art & Ballet) Tim Marlow on Degas and the Ballet
10,926. The Royal Academy’s exhibition traces Degas’ creative obsession with ballet throughout his career. (Art & Ballet) ibid.
10,929. Three Danvers (Blue Skirts, Red Bodices) c.1903: That kind of creative energy you’ve seen in the Russian pictures I think in some ways is seen in these late ballet pictures too. (Art & Ballet) ibid.
10,930. The first great artist to be obsessed with the ballet. (Art & Ballet) ibid.
64,499. I got kicked out of ballet class because I pulled a groin muscle. It wasn’t mine. Rita Rudner
64,500. I don’t understand anything about the ballet; all I know is that during the intervals the ballerinas stink like horses. Anton Chekhov
96,422. A single event made Rudolph Nureyev the most famous dancer in the world. On 16th June 1961 he defected in Paris. Rudolph Nureyev: Dance to Freedom, BBC 2015