I cannot belong to a nonprofit organization because when you receive grants, you have to make such great compromises with your artistic plans.
I was not extremely patriotic about Mother Russia. I played their game, pretending. You have to deal with, you know, party people, KGB. Horrifying.
To walk across the street is a risk.
You cannot be happy with your family while being personally unhappy with your work. It's a Catch-22 kind of thing.
The Russian people get so insanely close to each other as friends. Their lives are interrelated so much on an everyday basis.
I go a lot to see young people downtown in little theaters. It's great. If you start somebody's career, it's so exciting.
It's what's left in life, to work with interesting people.
To achieve some depth in your field requires a lot of sacrifices. Want to or not, you're thinking about what you're doing in life-in my case, dancing.
I am not the first straight dancer or the last.
Creative Artists Agency put together a project of extraordinary mediocrity and colossal stupidity. Otherwise, it was great.
I have some Russian friends. But probably only 10 percent. I don't hang out usually in the big Russian communities in Brooklyn and New Jersey.
Dancing is my obsession. My life.
I think art education, especially in this country, which government pretty much ignores, is so important for young people.
I kind of lost interest in the classical dance. I was very much interested in the modern choreography.
Astaire was not a sexual animal, but he made his partners look so extraordinarily related to him.
I have been very lucky to work in so many new ballets, but that is what a dancer's work is.
I really reject that kind of comparison that says, Oh, he is the best. This is the second best. There is no such thing.
Working is living to me.
People of art should never get married and have children, because it's a selfish experience.
No dancer can watch Fred Astaire and not know that we all should have been in another business.
I want to do exactly what I want to do. I'd rather gamble on the box office than beg for a grant.
Dancers are stripped enough onstage. You don't have to know more about them than they've given you already.
I feel very uneasy with a lot of aspects of the Russian life and the Russian people.
I get speeding ticket like everybody else. If the restaurant is full I'm waiting in line like everybody else.
Every ballet, whether or not successful artistically or with the public, has given me something important.