” When you dance, it takes a lot of stamina, but it never seemed like work ’cause I was doing something that I so loved doing. It was always a joy. And you know, to have beautiful ballets made specially for you is such an honor. I always said it was better than diamonds. “


” It was extraordinary ’cause I was 17 years old when I first danced with Edward Villella. And we were both young. But I had seen him dance, and he was already a star. So he was just so gentle and wonderful and kind, and we had a great rapport together. He was one of the most exciting dancers of our day. “


” Mr. Balanchine wanted me to be myself. He didn’t want me to look like anyone else. I love teaching our company dancers the Balanchine ballets. I try to give them what was passed down to me and what I learned from him. They dance it so beautifully. It also keeps me close to Mr. Balanchine. He’s with me every single day. “


” I always had an inferiority complex, like I wasn’t good enough. I was shy. But dancing gave me so much joy, and I was good at it. I felt like a whole person because I could dance. “


” I was determined to dance. That’s why I lasted so long. “


” I used to say I didn’t want to teach. I was still excited about dancing. It’s hard to do both. It’s as exhausting teaching as it is to dance. “



All 6 Patricia McBride Quotes about Dance in picture


When you dance, it takes a lot of stamina, but it never seemed like work
It was extraordinary


Mr. Balanchine wanted me to be myself. He didn
I always had an inferiority complex, like I wasn
I was determined to dance. That
I used to say I didn
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