Inspirational Quotes from Carla Korbes

I have done the company lifestyle for 16 years, and ballet has changed.

Carla Korbes

I’m not OK dancing 90 percent.

Carla Korbes

By the end of ‘Swan Lake,’ you know how there’s all the corps on stage, and she keeps running in the back, doing arms? You can’t feel your arms. You’re just like, ‘Ow.’

Carla Korbes

At age 14, coming to the U.S., all I knew was American Ballet Theatre, Baryshnikov, Nureyev, and some of the European companies. I barely knew anything about Balanchine.

Carla Korbes

Today, dancers have so much more information and are much more mobile. Kids are traveling everywhere to go to summer programs, funding themselves with Kickstarter – putting their dreams on the Internet and seeing if they will pan out.

Carla Korbes

There are positives to moving around and changing companies: you put things in perspective; you can compare living and working conditions. Living in one city, you tend to take things for granted; your view is much more narrow. In Europe, a dancer can leave for a year and still keep her original contract.

Carla Korbes

I’ve learned, after 18 years of gathering information, to eat, then check in with my body – how do I feel? I’ve learned to eat whatever makes my body feel good. As a teenager, I was just so confused, overwhelmed by all the information.

Carla Korbes