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[In pas de deux class]

Sergei: I am your slave.

Eva Rodriguez: I'd believe it more if you weren't staring at your fucking reflection when you said it.

Instructor: If someone wants to hear profanity, Miss Rodriguez, they can take a subway. They don't need to spend sixty dollars on a ballet ticket.

[to Sergei]

Instructor: Though she has a point.

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Jody: Cooper, you're an amazing dancer, and you're a great choreographer, but as a boyfriend... you kinda suck.

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Erik Jones: I do ballet because it has nothing to do with the people. Give me tiaras and boys in tights any day.

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Jody Sawyer: She's so good.

Eva: Yeah, just ask her.

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Maureen Cummings: I am the best goddamn dancer in the American Ballet Academy. Who the hell are you? Nobody.

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Maureen Cummings: Erik got injured today. And do you know the first thing I thought when I saw him go down?

Jim Gordon: What?

Maureen Cummings: "I wish that was me." So that made me think, you know, 'cause that's not a normal reaction. How much of what you liked about me was because I was a ballet dancer, and how much because I was me?

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Eva Rodriguez: I screwed up any chance I had back in September. But I started dancing long before this stupid workshop, and I'm gonna keep on dancing long after it. So tomorrow is one more day I get to dance.

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Anna: Did you see how *on* I was tonight?

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Jody Sawyer: Mom. Oh, I'm so happy you guys are here.

Mr. Sawyer: We wanted to see what you've been up to this past year. And I've gotta tell you, that was the most fantastic thing I've ever seen.

Mrs. Sawyer: It was great, honey. And just - just wonderful.

Jody Sawyer: You wanna know something stupid? I'd actually started to believe I didn't need to hear that anymore.

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Eva Rodriguez: A girl's got a right to know what kind of hound she's saving herself for.

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Eva Rodriguez: Truth? In terms of technique, you are behind. But the people here know what they're looking for. And on the day of you audition, they saw it. In you.

Jody Sawyer: Now all they see is the wrong body type.

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Eva Rodriguez: What, did you go to a special bitch academy or something?

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Eva: What a prick.

Jody: But he was really nice about it.

Eva: Being nice when you say something pricky is even prickier.

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Erik Jones: That's Sergei, that's Jody, that's Eva, I'm Erik, and you're cute...

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Jim Gordon: Have you seen my girlfriend? Tall, Thin, legs for days?

Eva: Yeah I pitched her overboard.

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Charlie: Are you asking me out?

Jody: Well... yeah. Are you saying yes?

Charlie: I guess so... yeah.

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Maureen Cummings: I'm just trying to be honest. That's what friends do.

Eva: I guess that would explain why you have so many friends.

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Mrs. Cummings: You don't just throw away your dream.

Maureen Cummings: It's your dream... and it means more to you than it ever did to me.

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Maureen Cummings: If this is what I wanted, I wouldn't be as unhappy as I've been. I'd have friends, I'd sleep well, I wouldn't throw up half the things that I eat.

Nancy Cummings: You watch your weight, there's nothing wrong with that!

Maureen Cummings: Mom, I'm telling you I'm unhappy and sick. I can't do this any more!

Nancy Cummings: But it's your dream. You just don't give up on your dream.

Maureen Cummings: It's your dream, and it matters more to you than anything ever did to me. So I did it, but I can't any more.

Nancy Cummings: I know what regret feels like, and I don't want that for you.

Maureen Cummings: That's what ballet would be... a life of wishing that I found something I loved, instead of something I just happened to do well. I'm not you, Mom. You didn't have the feet. I don't have the heart.

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Erik Jones: My stage name is Erik O. Jones after Oprah. She's my idol.

Eva Rodriguez: Eva Rodriquez, after no one.

Erik Jones: Oh, an individual.

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Eva: So, you know the story with this Maureen chick?

Sergei: You're living with Maureen? Oh, good luck.

Eva: Big time bitch?

Sergei: Biggest time.

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Eva Rodriguez: [Sergei drops Maureen] Careful with that one. You break it, you bought it!

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Kathleen: You are in big trouble.

Cooper: She's in my ballet.

Kathleen: Oh please... she's a heartbeat away from tattooing your name on her ass.

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Jody: That class, I mean, how come I can't dance like that in my ABA class?

Cooper: Because ABA has a great big stick up its ass?

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Maureen Cummings: I've got priorities. I mean, you only get to be a dancer for ten years - maybe fifteen if you don't get injured. So for the next decade at least...

Jim Gordon: Hey, all I'm asking for is a date...

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Charlie: Whatever you feel, just dance it.

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Maureen Cummings: Look, you're a smart girl, Jody. If you turn in your application now, you can still get into a good college.

Jody Sawyer: But... I don't want to go to college. I want to dance.

Maureen Cummings: Yeah? Well so do a lot of people.

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Erik Jones: Where are you going?

Eva: We're going out for a smoke

Erik Jones: Come downstairs, it's Marlboro country!

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Jonathan Reeves: [waves to sit down]

Jody Sawyer: Wait. All my life I've wanted to be one of ABC's perfect ballerinas. I wanted to be you, Juliette. But I'm not you, and I'm not perfect,I'm just me, bad feet and all, and I'm starting to think that I like that just as much.

Jonathan Reeves: [begins to speak]

Jody Sawyer: No, because if you're not going to offer me a place in the company I don't want to hear it. And if you are, I might not have the strength to say no, and then I would be spending my best dancing years in the back of a corps waving a rose back and forth, and I'm better than that. So thank you, Jonathan, for turning me into the best dancer I can be, I appreciate it more than I can say, really. Because the best dancer I can be is a principal in Cooper Neilson's new company.

Jody Sawyer: [walks off]

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Cooper: If you're still holding onto all that personal shit...

Jonathan Reeves: I don't have to hold onto anything. I got the girl.

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Nancy Cummings: You don't just throw away your dream.

Maureen Cummings: It's your dream... and it means more to you than it ever did to me.

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Jody Sawyer: Margot Fonteyn didn't have great feet.

Jonathan Reeves: Well when Margot Fonteyn was on stage, you couldn't tear your eyes away from her. Pft. It can't be taught.

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Instructor: Just dance the shit outta there!

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