Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Catch local Kennedy Center honoree Patricia McBride on TV tonight

Posted By on Tue, Dec 30, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Tonight, you can catch Charlotte Ballet's own Patricia McBride on the television broadcast of the 37th Annual Kennedy Center Honors. She was honored for her longtime dedication to the performing arts. Perusing the Internets, I've compiled a handful of quotes from the leading lady that I think show just how classy she is.

On working with George Balanchine.
"After performances he would say, 'Good, good.' He never really gave a harsh word. I don't ever remember him saying, 'That was awful,' ever. He didn't praise that much, but when he did, it was wonderful. He would say, 'I loved how you used your eyes, you were mysterious.' It would make you feel like a million dollars." (The Business Journal's BizWomen)

"And you know, to have beautiful ballets made specially for you is such an honor. I always said it was better than diamonds." (CBSNews)

On equal pay for equal work as dancers.
"I feel that there definitely has to be an equality with women because they work as hard as the men. There has to be a fairness — always. We were always put on a pedestal. You didn’t feel you were put down. I feel so much for the women today, and I feel that they are right to be wanting equal pay for the same job." (Washington Post's She the People)

On how big a deal being named a Kennedy Center Honoree was for her.
"Tom Hanks can win Oscars. Sting and Al Green win Grammies. Lily Tomlin can win a Tony. But in the dance world, we don’t have awards like that. For a dancer to win this is special." (The Charlotte Observer)

Take a break from binge-watching Netflix — the Kennedy Center Honors will be broadcasted tonight on CBS at 9 p.m.

1967 photo of Patricia McBride in George Balanchines ballet, Jewels
  • 1967 photo of Patricia McBride in George Balanchine's ballet, Jewels

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