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Suzanne Farrell
August 16, 1945 -
Nationality: American
Category: Dancer
Subcategory: American Dancer

But what was my motivation was music, and the fact that I love to move around. I'm always moving around.


I loved tests because it was another form of competing, a healthy competition.


I liked Latin, I like languages, I liked all the myths, and the Roman tales that we were required to translate in Latin, and all these interesting people who were never quite what they thought they would be or seemed to be.


I liked to read but, being a dancer, I didn't have a lot of time to read.


I was very much of a tomboy.


And I just thought, this is what I want to be. And I knew that dancing would be my chosen profession.


The particular ballet was not so important as the fact that I was physically healthy, and capable of getting out there and dancing as often as possible.


It's ungrateful to be wishing you were doing something else at the moment you are living. You haven't lived in the moment that you are really living, you are wishing you were somewhere else.


In fact, ballet companies did not exist in the Midwest when I was a child.


There is pain and sacrifice in everyone's world. That's why, when I was dancing, I had no pain.


I didn't have any doubts about my choice of career, but I had constant doubts about my ability, yes.


Once I started dancing, I was not the spoiled brat or the rebellious child that I was as a child.


I used to love to play dress-up, where you get your mother's or your grandmother's dresses and high heels.


Even though I am a professional, and I know what the steps are, I don't quite know how I'm going to do them, because I haven't lived that moment yet. I always feel very insecure and I get very excited.


You don't learn from a situation where you do something well. You enjoy it and you give yourself credit, but you don't really learn from that. You learn from trial and error, trial and error, all the time.


Of course, in the art class, I was the model.


I had two sisters, and we would love to get dressed up and pretend that we were chic, sophisticated ladies. And I think that was a great sort of preparation, in a way.


As soon as I hear music, something in me starts to vibrate.


So dancing was not something I had a great desire to do.


When you get on stage, you can be anything. You are removed from reality in a way, the real world.


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