December 08, 2016 05:25 PM

Episode 3 of AMERICAN DOERS, a new 12-part video series featuring original thinkers, innovators, craftspeople, risk-takers and artisans across the United States.

As a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, Amar Ramasar is always striving for perfection.

“Hopefully each day, I get closer to it,” the 35-year-old dancer tells PEOPLE.

Ramasar, who grew up in the Bronx, knows that raw talent only goes so far — and that practice makes perfect.

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“In order to be a dancer, you have to take class every day — you have to maintain technique,” he shares.

As for the most difficult part about being a principal dancer, he says it’s the responsibility.

“No matter what is going on in anybody else’s life, when they go to the ballet, they want to see perfection,” he says. “You really can’t drop the ball, you have to be on top of your game every night.

“I do that by being a student.”

And it’s a challenge he’s willing to take on.

“I know that i’m never going to know it all — and I love that.”

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