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Agnes George DeMille
(1905-1993) born on
Sep 18
US choreographer, dancer. She choreographed musicals "Oklahoma," 1943, "Brigadoon," 1947; won Tonys, 1947.
I learned 3 important things in college -- to use a library, to memorize quickly and visually, to drop asleep any time given a horizontal surface and 15 minutes. What I could not learn was to think creatively on schedule.

The universe lies before you on the floor, in the air, in the mysterious bodies of your dancers, in your mind. From this voyage no one returns poor or weary.
No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently.
The practice mirror is to be used for the correction of faults, not for a love affair, and the figure you watch should not become your dearest friend.
When you perform . . . you are out of yourself larger and more potent, more beautiful. You are for minutes heroic. This is power. This is glory on earth. And it is yours nightly.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Dance to the Piper," 1952.
R: "To a Young Dancer" "Atlantic," Dec 1960.
A: "Dance to the Piper," 1952.
N: "To a Young Dancer" "Atlantic," Dec 1960.
K: On teenage dance fads; in NY "Times," 10 Jun 1963.

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