No matter what I try to do or explore, my Kirov training, my expertise, and my background call me to return to dancing after all, because that's my real vocation, and I have to serve it.

I'm an impatient person in many respects. I like to put myself in uncomfortable situations. It forces me to deliver.

Nobody else in the world has a form like the Native American musical, and Americans should be very proud.

We lived, until I was 12 or so, in communal apartment with five different families and the same kitchen, in two little - my brother and me and my parents. It was hell, but it was a common thing. My father was not general or admiral, but he was colonel. He was teaching in military academy military topography.

In any art form, in Hollywood or in music, there is a handful of people who really, you know, move the envelope.

Creative Artists Agency put together a project of extraordinary mediocrity and colossal stupidity. Otherwise, it was great.

Your body actually reminds you about your age and your injuries - the body has a stronger memory than your mind.

I don't want to do anything Freudian.

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.

I've always said, 'I am a selector, I am not defector' - the first few phrases in English I learned. I said I hate 'defector'; something defective about the people. It's a bad word.

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.

Dancing is my obsession. My life.

I fell in love with New York. It was like every human being, like any relationship. When I was a young New Yorker, it was one city. When I was a grown man, it was another city. I worked with many dance organizations and many wonderful people.

Choreographers use me as the old guy who still dances. Not that I put on white tights.

The body cannot lie. You cannot be somebody else onstage, no matter how good of an actor or dancer or singer you are. When you open your arms, move your finger, the audience knows who you are, you know.

I read Russian literature a lot.

I am not trying to do material which I cannot do full out.

I don't see in myself any perfection.

Although I don't gamble in life - I've never played poker - I do gamble on stage. I gamble with myself: 'Can I do this?'

Your heart is very much connected to your mind.

I'm a product of Russian culture, but I never felt it was my country.

I think I got disappointed over the years about New York, about the States. You know, sometimes you go and visit Europe and see good old socialism in its good part! You see public concern about art, and young people's participation and young faces in the audience.

People dance at any age.

I like to go to anybody else's birthday, and if I'm invited I'm a good guest. But I never celebrate my birthdays. I really don't care.

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 feel very uneasy with a lot of aspects of the Russian life and the Russian people.

A country like Belgium, or socialist countries in central Europe spend more money on art education than the United States, which is a really puzzling thought.

I was very restless. I really wanted to be a part of a kind of a progressive society. I was fed up with these Communist doctrines and you were hassled all the time with members of the Party committee who were KGB, what you have to do, where in the West you can go or not to go.

I have the life of seven cats.

No dancer can watch Fred Astaire and not know that we all should have been in another business.

I kind of lost interest in the classical dance. I was very much interested in the modern choreography.

Running a company is pretty demanding.

My mother had a son from previous marriage and her husband died in Second World War.

Everything I do, it's a bit painterly. I like being surrounded by objects, mostly on paper. I like the images. I like the painting. I like good photography. It's something that makes me an emotional connection, and I feel comfortable around it.

Dancers are made, not born.

I think art education, especially in this country, which government pretty much ignores, is so important for young people.

Nothing is ever too expensive if it furthers the repertoire and artistic standards of a dance company.

I really reject that kind of comparison that says, Oh, he is the best. This is the second best. There is no such thing.

Dancers are stripped enough onstage. You don't have to know more about them than they've given you already.

I - you know, I'm not an actor.

Working is living to me.

You see, dancers are quite mature people because they start performing so early. They become professionals when they start to take everyday classes.

Astaire was not a sexual animal, but he made his partners look so extraordinarily related to him.

I am not the first straight dancer or the last.

My father was a Party member and he was a pretty high rank military officer under the colonel, junior colonel, I don't know the term. He was a total Stalinist. A bit with a streak of anti-Semitism and very shrewd man, a very kind of nervous man.

When a body moves, it's the most revealing thing. Dance for me a minute, and I'll tell you who you are.

I know when I am on stage and I'm kind of on the right track - hopefully most of the time. But a lot of time I'm not.

In opera tradition, when opera die-hard fans, there is a replacement of singer or singer wasn't at his or hers vocal best, doing something, they boo. Especially now that they pay hundreds of dollars for the ticket.

I don't drink milk, and I don't eat bread, pasta or rice. But I eat a lot of meat, chicken, fish and salads.