I was very much of a tomboy.
I'm thought of as a cool, unemotional dancer, but inside I'm not.
In fact, ballet companies did not exist in the Midwest when I was a child.
It's ungrateful to be wishing you were doing something else at the moment you are living. You haven't lived in the moment that you are really living, you are wishing you were somewhere else.
Of course, in the art class, I was the model.
On the other hand, I think it is wonderful for everyone to take ballet classes, at any age. It gives you a discipline, it gives you a place to go. It gives you some control in your life.
Once I started dancing, I was not the spoiled brat or the rebellious child that I was as a child.
That the work involved, the willingness to take chances, the commitment, the opportunity to get on stage and make people happy, was more important than becoming famous, or even what I was dancing.
The particular ballet was not so important as the fact that I was physically healthy, and capable of getting out there and dancing as often as possible.
There is pain and sacrifice in everyone's world. That's why, when I was dancing, I had no pain.
When you are on stage, you don't see faces. The lights are in your eyes and you see just this black void out in front of you. And yet you know there is life out there, and you have to get your message across.
When you get on stage, you can be anything. You are removed from reality in a way, the real world.
You don't learn from a situation where you do something well. You enjoy it and you give yourself credit, but you don't really learn from that. You learn from trial and error, trial and error, all the time.
I liked math. Counting was easy for me, which was good, because a lot of the ballets have involved difficult counts.
I was grateful that I had dancing to fall back on. It was my survival tactic. It was my friend. It was always there.
To have been part of that evening -- and now I am truly honored and privileged. I loved dancing and how fortunate I am to have had a career I loved doing.
If I meet people who don't like fish, I don't think it's a good idea to force them to eat it.
In general, nuts are good, ... But walnuts are great because they have high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Other nuts don't.
Although nuts have a lot of benefits, they're also high in calories that can add up fast.
Eating a healthy diet is not just about eating a few special foods. There's a bigger picture. You need to practice moderation, eat a variety of foods, and get enough physical activity.
If you use butter or margarine now, just switch over to one of these sterol-fortified spreads.
Research showed that the average American was only eating about one serving a day of whole grains.
Whole grains are just that, the entire grain including the bran, the germ, and the endosperm. Lots of refined carbohydrates are fortified to add back some of the nutrients, but you can't add back all the fiber.
And I just thought, this is what I want to be. And I knew that dancing would be my chosen profession.
But what was my motivation was music, and the fact that I love to move around. I'm always moving around.