George Balanchine demanded that his dancers appear 'dancer-like'. The skin of a ballerina, for example, should be the same color as a peeled apple. He also pressured his dancers to watch their weights. Indeed, on one occasion he saw fit to clarify his position: "I want," he declared, "to see bone."
[The age at which a female dancer is "an old woman" according to Balanchine? 22.]
["There are no new steps," Balanchine once declared, "only new combinations."]