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And it is always Easter Sunday at the New York City Ballet. It is always coming back to life. Not even coming back to life - it lives in the constant present.

In my ballets woman is first. Men are consorts. God made men to sing the praises of women. They are not equal to men: They are better.

I wanted to be a ballet teacher.

I wasn't a ballet baby. My first dance class was in an outdoor pavilion when I was three. It was called 'creative movement.' The teacher gave us chiffon scarves in beautiful colors. She turned on some music and said 'Now go dance.' So for me dance has always been about self-expression.

I had a really creative teacher at primary school. He used to get us doing things such as singing Spandau Ballet in drag in the choir and I remember loving it.

'Swan Lake' is the most difficult thing to portray for a female ballet dancer it really requires such specific qualities of articulation agility strength and the arm work is something that takes a lot of training.

Wrestling is ballet with violence.

When life takes me on a new journey I simply remember the smile my first ballet recital put on my face and I move forward.

Acting is a sense of wonder and magic and mystery for me and when life takes me on a new journey I simply remember the smile my first ballet recital put on my face and I move forward.

I grew up with classical music when I was a ballet dancer. Now when I have to prepare an emotional scene to cry or whatever I listen to sonatas. Vivaldi and stuff. It's just beautiful to me.

My Mom is a ballet director so I had this idea in me that classical training is the best foundation for anything you do so I wanted to get a classical background and voice.

I was serious about ballet for a long time but my mom got me into tap and jazz and modern and hip-hop and I was one of those over-lessoned children.

I was embarrassed that I even wanted to become an actress because coming from L.A. with two older sisters in the business and a mom who had been a ballet dancer it was such a cliche.

I had never picked up a basketball before. I went through a grueling audition process. It was almost as if I was learning to walk. It would be like teaching somebody to dance ballet for a role.

Look at a football field. It looks like a big movie screen. This is theatre. Football combines the strategy of chess. It's part ballet. It's part battleground part playground. We clarify amplify and glorify the game with our footage the narration and that music and in the end create an inspirational piece of footage.

Like most citizens of popular and international urban centres I don't take advantage of the cultural opportunities. Perhaps this comes from growing up in suburbia. Home is where you eat sleep read watch television and ignore your parents. It is not where you go to the ballet and then attend a heated panel discussion about it afterwards.

It's no good running a pig farm badly for 30 years while saying 'Really I was meant to be a ballet dancer.' By then pigs will be your style.

What I fell in love with as a child was 'My Fair Lady ' 'Funny Face ' 'American in Paris ' and 'Singin' in the Rain.' Just perfect movies to me and I was dancing. I started ballet when I was three. And I fell in love with those movies and fell in love with Audrey Hepburn and Leslie Caron.

I was the oldest of the children in my family. I had to do a lot of diaper-changing and lunch-making. I was taking my little sister to ballet picking up my brother sort of being a super-nanny.

It was something I was more interested in myself. When I went to see my sister dance at ballet I was really into costumes and the arts and my family was also supportive of whatever me and my sister wanted to do. I would say I pushed myself the most to be into design.

Dad worked in a warehouse when I was little and I didn't see him for three years as he was doing all the overtime God gave him to buy me new ballet shoes or a new tutu.

The real beauty of it - key to my life was playing key chords on a banjo. For somebody else it may be a golf club that mom and dad put in their hands or a baseball or ballet lessons. Real gift to give to me and put it in writing.

Boxing is my real passion. I can go to ballet theatre movies or other sporting events... and nothing is like the fights to me. I'm excited by the visual beauty of it. A boxer can look so spectacular by doing a good job.

The New York City Ballet is obviously speaking to a whole new generation and bringing it the same wonder and beauty that it brought previous generations.