03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Andre Leon Talley Loves A Good Ballet

The Cut caught up with Vogue's Andre Leon Talley on Wednesday night at the opening of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Andre said that although he's never wanted to be a dancer, he's always admired their discipline.

"Don't ask me to dance. I won't dance! Like Fred Astaire. There's a certain moment when you have to maintain your dignity. Now, if it wasn't a large room and it was someone's private party, I might get up and dance."

He did relate one of his favorite pastimes, horseback riding, to the ballet using one of his patented enthusiastic, bizarre analogies:

Where does the desire to ride horses come from?
Because I've always thought that the discipline of the horse and the man and dance are the same thing to me. It's ballet. It's ballet!

How so?
Because the man and the horse are ballet. The communication between the man and the horse in a race, that's sort of a little dance. And I've always thought the costumes of men on horses are the same as people on dance floors.

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