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Natalia Makarova

Makarova at the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors
Born Natalia Romanovna Makarova
(1940-11-21) 21 November 1940 (age 76)
Leningrad, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, Soviet Union
Other names Natasha Makarova
Occupation ballet dancer, choreographer
Years active 1950s – present
Spouse(s) Edward Karkar (m. 1976; d. 2013)

I think often that God is guiding me.
You cannot dance an arabesque in 'Swan Lake' and 'Nutcracker' the same way.
Natalia Makarova
Even the ears must dance.
It's not possible to be perfect – you can always do something better. I'm never proud of what I've done. Sometimes, I'm not ashamed.
Natalia Makarova
I don't keep my secrets or my knowledge to myself.
Technical things are getting more mechanical. Take 'Swan Lake,' the Black Swan pas de deux. Now, my goodness, they're turning not just 32 fouettes – but double or triple pirouettes.
Natalia Makarova
Many people thought I would never succeed, because I am so Russian. So Russian, hundred percent.
Natalia Makarova
It's a hard life... but if I could, I would do it all again.
I really feel sorry for new generation. It's hard to find backbone. I never had crisis of identity. But I think many Americans have it.
Natalia Makarova
Dancers, many dancers today can do so much technically. You can give them steps that are complicated, then more complicated, pyrotechnical – and they can execute these steps to perfection. But to do simple steps with a pure classical line, that is truly difficult.
Natalia Makarova
All of the very important events in my life happen by chance.
All ballet, all reading, all music. That was my world, my inner world.
Usually, English personalities are difficult; they don't take criticism easily.
Natalia Makarova
To look back all the time is boring. Excitement lies in tomorrow.
I am different because I have better schooling, better understanding of the line, gesture, how feet working, positions. They taught me modern things… and I wanted to give what I had: my schooling.
Natalia Makarova
I recently learn a new word: insatiable. That's me.
People tell me I'm dancing better than ever. I don't know what happened, but I have new enthusiasm and more endurance.
Natalia Makarova
Because my profession is the body, it is a relaxation for me to get out of physicality and concentrate on more mental things.
Natalia Makarova
I travel like a gypsy, and I didn't know how I could perform and be a mother.
Natalia Makarova
I want to be free... free to develop my art.