Why am I doing this? Why am I bending over and kissing my knees every morning, and know that every day of my life until I die, I have to take class. That’s even if you become an architect, a nurse, anything. You still have to take classes. Strive for perfection. Nobody’s going to be perfect on this earth. But strive for perfection.

Judith Jamison, Artistic Director, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Interviewed in NY Times’ “Corner Office” feature