Magazine article Dance Magazine

Violette Verdy: Known for Her Sparkling Stage Persona in Roles Created for Her by George Balanchine

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Violette Verdy: Known for Her Sparkling Stage Persona in Roles Created for Her by George Balanchine

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On ballet in college: "Nowadays, they take ballet dancers into ballet companies at age 1 5, 16, 17, and they are maybe technically extraordinary, wonderful little purebreds, but they do not know what it is to be in a company. They don't always have parents who can advise them, and they're in the midst of that incredible competition and race--it's technique, it's speed, speed, speed, and they have tob e up to par and deliver. They sometimes don't make it. Emotionally, spiritually, they go crazy. They get depressed and overwhelmed. Here at the university [of Indiana, where she is on faculty] they have time to grow up, to talk about their problems and try to correct them. And if they decide that it's going to be too much for them, they are in the most protective place to make the changes."

On musicality: "You want students to pay attention and to savor the music. I encourage everybody to listen to great orchestras, instrumentalists, and singers. …

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