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Dance Quotes

In this blog, we have covered the most Catchy Dance Quotes, Short Dance Quotes, Dance Funny Quotes, Ballet Dance Quotes, Dance Inspirational Quotes, Best Dance Quotes, Great Quotes About Dance, Dance Quotes By Famous Dancers and Dance Motivational Quotes.

 

Catchy Dance Quotes

  • “I dance but I’m not a dancer.” – Clare Danes
  • “See the music, hear the dance.” – George Balanchine
  • “Everybody cut Footloose.” – Footloose, Kenny Loggins
  • “Dance without fear.” – “Short Dance,” Maryann Valleys
  • “I love dance, it’s my first love.” – Jennifer Lopez
  • “Dancing is poetry with arms and legs.” – Charles Baudelaire
  • “Dance is the hidden language of the soul.” – Martha Graham
  • “When the music changes, so does the dance.” African Proverb
  • “The Dance is a poem of which each movement is a word.” – Mata Hari
  • “Everything in the universe has rhythm. Everything dances.” – Maya Angelou
  • “You dance love, and you dance joy, and you dance dreams.” – Gene Kelly
  • “Forget your troubles and dance!” – Them Belly Full (but We Hungry ), Bob Marley
  • “It’s those small moments on stage that are really special.” – Jillian Vanstone
  • “I didn’t even know dancing was a profession. I just had to do it.” – David Hallberg
  • “You can dance / you can jive / having the time of your life!” – Dancing Queen, ABBA
  • “Dancers come and go in the twinkling of an eye, but the dance lives on.” Michael Jackson
  • “The truest expression of a people is in its dance and its music. Bodies never lie.” Agnes de Mille
  • “Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” – Voltaire
  • “Dance is like life. It exists as you’re flitting through it, and when it’s over, it’s done.” – Jerome Robbins
  • “I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.”Mikhail Baryshnikov
  • “Part of the joy of dancing is conversation. Trouble is, some men can’t talk and dance at the same time.” – Ginger Rogers
  • “I am a person who knows how the arts can change lives, because they transformed mine. I was a dancer.” – Jacques d’Amboise
  • “When you do dance, I wish you / A wave o’ th’ sea, that you might ever do, / Nothing but that …” – A Winter’s Tale, William Shakespeare
  • “To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.” – Agnes de Mille

 

Short Dance Quotes

  • “Dancing is silent poetry.” – Simonides.
  • “Keep proving them wrong.” – Michaela DePrince
  • “The only sin is mediocrity.” – Martha Graham.
  • “The body says what words cannot.” – Martha Graham.
  • “Dancers are made, not born.” – Mikhail Baryshnikov
  • “Dancing is the poetry of the foot.” – John Dryden.
  • “Your fragility is also your strength.” – Pina Bausch
  • “Where there is no heart there is no art.” – Anna Pavlova
  • “Dancers are both athletes and artists.” – Margot Fonteyn
  • “Dance is the hidden language of the soul.” – Martha Graham
  • “Dance is the hidden language of the soul.” – Martha Graham.
  • “Dancing is like dreaming with your feet!” – Constanze Mozart.
  • “Do it big; do it right; and do it with style.” – Fred Astaire.
  • “Dance is the timeless interpretation of life.” – Shah Asad Rizvi
  • “Dance is art; paint your dream and follow it.” – Steven Thompson.
  • “To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak.” – Indian Proverb.
  • “Falling is one of the ways of moving forward.” – Merce Cunningham.
  • “Any kind of dancing is better than no dancing at all.” – Lynda Barr
  • “You dance love, and you dance joy, and you dance dreams.” – Gene Kelly
  • “When you dance, you can enjoy the luxury of being you.” – Paulo Coelho
  • “Daily dance uplifts the soul to spiritual realms.” – Lailah Gifty Akita
  • “If you want to release your aggression, get up and dance.” – Chuck Berry
  • “Never be afraid to be a poppy in a field of daffodils.” – Michaela DePrince
  • “Every time I dance, I’m trying to prove myself to myself.” – Misty Copeland
  • “Dancers aren’t made of their technique, but their passion.” – Agnes de Mille
  • “Dance for me a minute, and I’ll tell you who you are.” – Mikhail Baryshnikov
  • “Dancing is creating a sculpture that is visible only for a moment.” – Erol Ozan
  • “I’m trying to make the perfect dance, that’s what drives me.” – Trisha Brown
  • “I think of dance as a constant transformation of life itself.” – Merce Cunningham
  • “When I dance, I escape the present and become one with my soul.” – Normani Kordei
  • “Dance is the movement of the universe concentrated in an individual.” – Isadora Duncan
  • “Dance constitutes a true recapturing of… freedom and childish play.” – Agnes de Mille
  • “Great artists are people who find the way to be themselves in their art.” – Margot Fonteyn

 

Dance Funny Quotes

  • “The most essential thing in dance discipline is devotion.” – Merce Cunningham.
  • “The job of feet is walking, but their hobby is dancing.” – Amit Kalantri.
  • “Dance every performance as if it were your last.” – Erik Bruhn.
  • “The truest expression of a people is in its dance and its music. Bodies never lie.” – Agnes de Mille.
  • “When you dance, you can enjoy the luxury of being you.” – Paulo Coelho.
  • “The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music, and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable. Dancing is poetry with arms and legs.” – Charles Baudelaire.
  • “Those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” – Friedrich Nietzsche.
  • “I have no desire to prove anything by dancing…I just dance.” – Fred Astaire.
  • “He who cannot dance puts the blame on the floor.” – Hindu Proverb.
  • “After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.” – Ann Richards.
  • “All I ever needed was the music and the mirror.” – A Chorus Line.
  • “Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but the living room…” – Kurt Vonnegut.
  • “We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.” – Japanese Proverb.
  • “Dancing is like a shower: one wrong turn and you’re in hot water!” – Mad Magazine.
  • “Dance is a little insanity that does us all good.” – Edward Demby.
  • “Those who can’t dance say the music is no good.” – Jamaican Proverb.
  • “Dancing is like bank robbery. It takes split-second timing.” — Twyla Tharp.
  • “Dancing is the art of getting your feet out of the way faster than your partner can step on them.” – Unknown.
  • “Dancing is like breathing – missing a day doing either is very bad.” – Vera Ellen.
  • “Bleeding feet will bond us.” – Liza Minelli.

 

Ballet Dance Quotes

  • You don’t have to know about ballet to enjoy it, all you have to do is look at it. Edwin Denby
  • Ballet is important and significant – yes. But first of all, it is a pleasure.  George Balanchine
  • The Ballet toe shoe is one of the few instruments of torture to survive intact into our time. Source Unknown
  • Ballet technique is arbitrary and very difficult. It never becomes easy; it becomes possible. Agnes De Mille
  • I think most dancers would agree that the art of ballet chooses the dancer, not the other way around. Kevin McKenzie
  • To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there’s no music, no choreography, and the dancers hit each other. Jack Handey
  • If it were not for dreams there would not be such a thing as ballet, the cruelest of the performing arts. Source Unknown
  • Ballet is the one form of theater where nobody speaks a foolish word all evening, nobody on the stage at least. Edwin Denby
  • Letting go of perfectionism, so ingrained in the nature of a ballet dancer, can be the most difficult thing. Source Unknown
  • Most people think of ballet as children in little tutus. They don’t know it is sweat, blood and tears as well! Nan Keating
  • Ballet is not technique but a way of expression that comes more closely to the inner language of man than any other. George Borodin
  • Anyone who has a child today should train him to be either a physicist or a ballet dancer. Then he’ll escape.  H. Auden
  • The ballet is a purely female thing. It is a woman, a garden of beautiful flowers, and man is the gardener.  George Balanchine
  • A lot of people insisted on a wall between modern dance and ballet. I’m beginning to think that walls are very unhealthy things. Twyla Tharp
  • What’s so wonderful about ballet is that it’s mind-driven physicality. It’s almost a Greek ideal of body, mind, and form.  Edward Villella
  • Ballet class is like Life Lessons 101. You learn some of life’s most important lessons here that you will carry with you forever.  Joanne H. Morscher
  • Poetry is like dancing. Not all of us can be ballet dancers, but all of us dance. Everyone has a poet inside of him struggling to get out.  Marks and Spencer
  • I could never make a ballet by wrinkling my brow and concentrating. If you set out deliberately to make a masterpiece, how will you ever get it finished?  George Balanchine
  • Ballet is not just movement, not simply abstract. It’s something beautiful. Sometimes there’s this feeling in the movement that makes me want to cry.  Nina Ananiashvili
  • You can’t see a painter or a writer or a musician if you just look at them, but you can see a dancer in a child if they’ve studied ballet for a year. The Dancer and the Dance
  • Dancing and ballets would undoubtedly take on a new lease on life, if the customs established by a spirit of fear and jealousy did not in some way close the path of glory… G. Noverre
  • If our ballets be feeble, monotonous and dull, if they be devoid of ideas, meaning, expression and character, it is less the fault of the art than that of the artist. Jean George Noverre

 

Dance Inspirational Quotes

  • “I’m just an old Broadway gypsy.” – Bob Avian
  • “I’m going to tap until I can’t.” – Gregory Hines
  • “I can do anything when I am in a tutu.” – Misty Copeland
  • “The dance goes on forever. So shall I. So shall we.” – Gelsey Kirkland
  • “Almost nobody dances sober, unless they happen to be insane.” – H. P. Lovecraft
  • “If people stand in a circle long enough, they’ll eventually begin to dance.” – George Carlin
  • “If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.” – George Bernard Shaw
  • “And when you get the chance to sit it out or dance / I hope you dance” – I Hope You Dance, Lee Ann Womack
  • “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene
  • “Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “We’re gonna boogie oogie oogie / ‘Til you just can’t boogie no more.” – Boogie Oogie Ooogie, A Taste of Honey
  • “I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.” – Mikhail Baryshnikov
  • “You do the hokey pokey / And you turn yourself around / That’s what it’s all about” – The Hokey Pokey, Larry LaPrise
  • “Those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
  • “I wasn’t just going to walk, I was going to run. And then, once I stopped running, I was going to dance.” – Robert Battle
  • Life’s a dance you learn as you go, Sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow” – Life’s a Dance, John Michael Montgomery
  • “After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.” – Ann Richards
  • “When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.” – Wayne Dyer
  • “Take your passion / And make it happen / Pictures come alive / You can dance right through your life” – What a Feeling, Irene Cara
  • “This world we live in is the dance of the creator. Dancers come and go in the twinkling of an eye but the dance lives on.” – Michael Jackson

 

Best Dance Quotes

  • Dancers always win! Source Unknown
  • Dancing is silent poetry. Simonides
  • Dancing is a sweat job. Fred Astaire
  • Words his soul danced to. David Malouf
  • I dance, therefore I am. Source Unknown
  • Dancers turn out better! Source Unknown
  • Bleeding feet will bond us. Liza Minelli
  • Even the ears must dance. Natalie Makarova
  • Why walk when you can dance? Source Unknown
  • Eat, sleep, breathe…dance! Source Unknown
  • God match me with a good dancer. Shakespeare
  • Dance is the song of the body. Martha Graham
  • Dancers are athletes of God. Albert Einstein
  • If I can not dance, I shall die! Anna Pavlova
  • Dance is music made visible. George Balanchine
  • The body says what words cannot. Martha Graham
  • Dancing is the poetry of the foot. John Dryden
  • Dance, dance, dance till you drop. H. Auden
  • Be in it. Get drunk in the moment. Alonzo King
  • I am a cloud – in trousers. George Balanchine
  • Dance to express, not to impress. Source Unknown
  • All that music and only two feet. Source Unknown
  • In swing, whatever works is right. Source Unknown
  • I do everything I know how in a dance. Twyla Tharp
  • Without dance, what’s the pointe? Source Unknown
  • A weak first step transmits nothing. Mai Kishikawa
  • Dancing is like dreaming with your feet! Constanze
  • Ballet is only good when it is great. Arlene Croce
  • Ballet dancers always have a POINTE! Source Unknown
  • The only way to do it is to do it. Merce Cunningham
  • Fantasy is a reality you can dance to. Richard Cohen
  • Everything is beautiful at the ballet. A Chorus Line
  • A dancer’s body is her temple.”Paulette Rees-Denis
  • Dance can give the inarticulate a voice. Pamela Brown
  • Dancers are the messengers of the gods. Martha Graham
  • Poetry is to prose as dancing is to walking. John Wain
  • Dance is the hidden language of the soul. Martha Graham
  • Football players practice, dancers work! Source Unknown
  • The artistic path is a fearless occupation. Alonzo King
  • Life is the dancer and you are the dance. Eckhart Tolle
  • Movement without meaning is just exercise. Marie Brooks
  • To sing well and to dance is to be well educated. Plato
  • Ferocity doesn’t care what it looks like. Maurya Kerr
  • True art consists in concealing art. Jean George Noverre
  • Dancing is poetry with arms and legs. Charles Baudelaire
  • Where ever a dancer stands is holy ground. Martha Graham
  • My muse must come to me on union time. George Balanchine
  • Dance is life, the rest is just rehearsal! Source Unknown
  • Dancing is the hidden language of the soul. Martha Graham
  • Do it big, do it right, and do it with style. Fred Astaire
  • Dancing is the world’s favorite metaphor. Kristy Nilsson
  • Treat each class as if it were your first. Suzanne Farrell
  • Life is a dance, from one stage to the next. Source Unknown
  • A day I don’t dance is a day I don’t live. Source Unknown
  • Of course I have an ATTITUDE, I’m a dancer! Source Unknown
  • Those move easiest who have learned to dance. Alexander Pope
  • All I ever needed was the music and the mirror. A Chorus Line
  • Dance every performance as if it were your last. Erik Bruhn
  • Don’t dance for the audience; dance for yourself. Bob Fosse
  • A star danced, and under that was I born. William Shakespeare
  • Dancing is just discovery, discovery, discovery. Martha Graham
  • He who cannot dance puts the blame on the floor. Hindu proverb
  • Any problem in the world can be solved by dancing. James Brown
  • Real men don’t lift weights, they lift women. Source Unknown
  • The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word. Mata Hari
  • How can we know the dancer from the dance? William Butler Yeats
  • Ballet is a dance executed by the human soul. Alexander Pushkin
  • Dance is an art, paint your dream and follow it. Steven Thompson
  • Nice men marry dancers. Real men become Dancers!  Source Unknown
  • The only thing I fear more than change is no change. Twyla Tharp
  • I was born from a boombox. My heart is a dancer.  Source Unknown
  • Grace is to the body as judgement is to the mind. Source Unknown
  • If you dance with your heart your body will follow. Mia Michaels
  • To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak. Hopi Indian Saying
  • Art is the only way to run away without leaving home. Twyla Tharp
  • Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. Edgar Degas
  • Dance is a song of the body. Either of joy or pain.  Martha Graham
  • In life, as in dance, grace glides on blistered feet. Alice Abrams
  • Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.”Martha Graham
  • You can dance anywhere, even if only in your heart. Source Unknown
  • A dance legacy must be performed in order to be preserved. Ann Daly
  • Dance is like wine it matures with every performance. Alarmel Valli
  • Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order.  Samuel Beckett
  • I’m dancing to the music of the madness inside me. George C. Wolfe
  • Dancing: The highest intelligence in the freest body. Isadora Duncan
  • Only angels and ballerinas dance on their toes. David Ira Rottenberg
  • Great art is never perfect; perfect art is never great. Edward Abbey
  • Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired. Martha Graham
  • God respects us when we work, but he loves us when we dance. Les Blanc
  • Master technique and then forget about it and be natural. Anna Pavlova
  • If I can’t dance in heaven, let me live here forever. Source Unknown
  • Dance is a little insanity that does us all a lot of good. Edward Demby
  • If I have to explain dancing to you, you won’t get it. Source Unknown
  • My boyfriend said, “Me or Dance.” Gosh I miss him… Source Unknown
  • In life, as in art, the beautiful moves in curves. Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Dancing is like bank robbery, it takes split-second timing. Twyla Tharp
  • I don’t want life to imitate art. I want life to be art. Carrie Fisher
  • The real beauty in life is that beauty can sometimes occur. Colum McCann
  • The abuse of the best things is always detrimental. Jean Georege Noverre
  • The heart of the dance is the heart of the dancer. Ghazallah al-Badriyyah
  • Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Dave Barry
  • Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul. Plato
  • A dance is a measured pace, as a verse is a measured speech. Francis Bacon
  • Even when she walks one would believe that she dances. Charles Baudelaire
  • There are short-cuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them. Vicki Baum
  • People come to see beauty, and I dance to give it to them. Judith Jamison
  • Dance is a delicate balance between perfection and beauty. Source Unknown
  • Football players call it training; Dancers call it routine! Source Unknown
  • Many of the simplest exercises become harder in the center. Camilla Jessel
  • Music begins to atrophy when it departs too far from the dance. Ezra Pound
  • I would believe only in a God that knows how to dance. Friedrich Nietzsche
  • It takes an athlete to dance, but an artist to be a dancer. Shanna LaFleur
  • He who dances without leading is merely making the girl mad. Author Unknown
  • Love is a lot like dancing; you just surrender to the music. Pierce Brosnan
  • In couple dances, gentlemen, hold onto her like you like her. Richard Duree
  • Dancing can reveal all the mystery that music conceals. Mikhail Baryshnikov
  • As soon as I hear music, something in me starts to vibrate. Suzanne Farrell
  • Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room. Kurt Vonnegut
  • The more you understand the music, the easier you can dance. Orlando Gutinez
  • Without dance I cannot feel my soul, hear my heart, or see my dreams. Nahara
  • To touch, to move, to inspire. This is the true gift of dance.  Aubrey Lynch
  • If I had listened to the critics I’d have died drunk in the gutter. Chekov
  • On dancing on pointe: Why don’t they just get taller girls?  Henny Youngman
  • There was never a merry world since the fairies left off dancing. John Selden
  • I do everything the man does, only backwards and in high heels! Ginger Rogers
  • One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar. Helen Keller
  • Dance is joy. Dance s love.  Dance is what dreams are made of.  Source Unknown
  • Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair… Susan Polis Shutz
  • Opportunity dances with those already on the dance floor. Jackson Brown Jr.
  • Dancing’s just a conversation between two people. Talk to me.  Steven Rogers
  • Never trust spiritual leader who cannot dance. Miyagi, The Next Karate Kid
  • Birds use their wings to fly, because they do not know how to dance. Zeynep Okcu
  • If you’ve got nothing to dance about, find a reason to sing. Melody Carstairs
  • But in reality we are accompanied by the whole dancing universe. Ruth St. Denis
  • Don’t judge me until you’ve taken a walk in my pointe shoes. Source Unknown
  • A real ballerina must fill her space with her own personality. Natalia Makarova
  • Dancers are instruments, like a piano the choreographer plays. George Balanchine
  • The mirror is not you. The mirror is you looking at yourself.  George Balanchine
  • Dancing is like breathing – missing a day doing either is very bad. Vera Ellen
  • Dancing is an art because it is subject to rules. Francois-Marie Arouet Voltaire
  • Plie is the first thing you learn and the last thing you master. Suzanne Farrell
  • Dancing faces you towards Heaven, whichever direction you turn. Terri Guillemets
  • Life is short and there will always be dirty dishes, so let’s dance. James Howe
  • Toe dancing is a dandy attention getter, second only to screaming. Agnes de Mille
  • To dance, put your hand on your heart and listen to the sound of your soul. Luigi
  • The physical language of the body is so much more powerful than words. Bill Irwin
  • We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance. Japanese Proverb
  • Dance is the movement of the universe concentrated in an individual. Isadora Duncan
  • You must have chaos within you to give rise to a dancing star. Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Technique is what you fall back on when you run out of inspiration. Rudolf Nureyev
  • After I stopped dancing, I was unable to listen to beautiful music. Suzanne Farrell
  • The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure. Mikhail Baryshnikov
  • It is not a question of who dances but of who or what does not dance. Ruth St. Denis
  • Everyday there must be something I can’t do, otherwise it’s boring. Maret Robier
  • And when they ask you, ‘what is your church?’ you say, ‘I dance. Source Unknown
  • If I could tell you what it meant, there would be no point dancing it. Isadora Duncan
  • Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall. Confucius
  • Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain. Source Unknown
  • I use dancing to embellish, extend or enlarge upon an existing emotion. Gower Champion
  • If the dance is right, there shouldn’t be a single superfluous movement. Fred Astaire
  • Dance is the only art in which we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made. Ted Shawn
  • Try to be fearless, because fear can inhibit you and keep you from a life. Miranda Weese
  • You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost. Martha Graham
  • When you do dance, I wish you a wave o’ the sea, that you might ever do. Source Unknown
  • Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart is another. Source Unknown
  • Dance isn’t something that can be explained in words. It has to be danced.  Paige Arden
  • The mechanics of épaulement are what gives ballet its inner transitions. William Forsythe
  • I don’t want people who want to dance, I want people who have to dance. George Balanchine
  • There is a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a great deal of good. Edwin Denby
  • The problem is not making up the steps but deciding which ones to keep. Mikhail Baryshnikov
  • A fine picture is but the image of nature; a finished ballet is nature herself. J.G. Noverre
  • You’re never more of an individual than when you’re a happy team player. Suzanne Farrell
  • It is through strength of technique that the body stays in possession of music. Arlene Croce
  • If their feet aren’t in the right place, at least their hearts are. Christian M. Chensvold
  • Talk about dance? Dance is not something to talk about.  Dance is to dance. Peter Saint James
  • It’s extremely arrogant and foolish to think you can ever outwit your audience. Twyla Tharp
  • When you are on the stage you are having an affair with three thousand people. Gelsey Kirland
  • Dance till the stars come down from the rafters, dance, dance, dance till you drop. H. Auden
  • There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way. Christopher Morley
  • When life gets you down, improvise as if crawling was part of the choreography. Iveta Cherneva
  • Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anyone else expects of you. Source Unknown
  • The better dancers get, the crazier they are. Or free, if you don’t like crazy.  James Waring
  • You can’t expect the audience to give you its attention. You have to grab it.  Source Unknown
  • The dance, more than any other art, lives through the genius of its interpreters. Lillian Moore
  • It’s true of all great artists that the more you see, the more you want to see. Peter Anastos
  • Dancing is like life: it’s good to have a plan, but be prepared to improvise.  Source Unknown
  • You don’t stop dancing from growing old. You grow old from stopping to dance.  Source Unknown
  • Dancers offer us our only earthly chance to catch a glimpse of the angelic host. Source Unknown
  • Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.  Scott Adams

 

Great Quotes About Dance

  • I think that probably the moments of discovery do come from a place that is not totally organized. Order is something that we already know about.  Discoveries are in a place we don’t already know about.  Twyla Tharp
  • Dance is bigger than the physical body. Think bigger than that.  When you extend your arm, it doesn’t stop at the end of your fingers, because you’re dancing bigger than that – your dancing spirit.  Judith Jamison
  • Dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education; dancing with the feet, with ideas, with words, and, need I add that one must also be able to dance with the pen? Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Even if you weren’t born with a genetically perfect body, you can take something like a hand, where everyone has the same capabilities, and you can make it speak. You can make it speak in many different ways. Sarah Lamb
  • If theater is ritual, then dance is too… It’s as if the threads connecting us to the rest of the world were washed clean of preconceptions and fears. When you dance, you can enjoy the luxury of being you.  Paulo Coelho
  • Dancing allows me to explore myself in so many ways, to learn about my limitations and strengths, my ability to cope with adversity and to go farther than I thought I could. You find out what you’re made of.  Andrew Asnes
  • You dance love, and you dance joy, and you dance dreams. And I know if I can make you smile by jumping over a couple of couches or running through a rainstorm, then I’ll be very glad to be a song and dance man.  Gene Kelly
  • Even though I am a professional, and I know what the steps are, I don’t quite know how I’m going to do them, because I haven’t lived that moment yet. I always feel very insecure and I get very excited.  Suzanne Farrell
  • All dance has expression. If there is no expression, I prefer the circus. The performers do more dangerous, more difficult technical things than we do. But we are dancers. We have to express and we have to project. Luis Fuente
  • Technique is what you need to do to dance well, principally to make it feel good to your partner. Style is everything else you do when you dance, hopefully to make it look good to your partner, and your audience.  David Barker
  • When you are on stage you don’t see faces. The lights are in your eyes and you see just this black void out in front of you.  And yet you know there is life out there, and you have to get your message across.  Suzanne Farrell
  • He [Gene Kelly] once told me dancing was a man’s game, as much of a sport as baseball itself. And he made us believe that.  He changed our minds and suddenly, all of America wanted to dance just like Gene Kelly.  Liza Minnelli
  • Dance in the most perishable of the arts. Ballets are forgotten, ballerinas retire, choreographers die, and what remains of that glorious production which so excited us a decade ago, a year ago, or even last night?  Jack Anderson
  • Hold your hands out gently. Ask others to do the same.  See how different each person looks.  Each person has their own unique and natural beauty.  Use this natural beauty when you dance.  Respect your individuality.  Artemis Mourat
  • Our bodies are at once the receiving and transmitting stations for life itself. It is the highest wisdom to recognize this fact and train our bodies to render them sensitive and responsive to nature, art and religion.  Ruth St. Denis
  • Every teacher will tell you that you cannot dance classical technique with perfection, there is no such thing, there is no way. So you have to adapt the technique to your abilities or to your deficiencies.  Learn to cheat!  Jií Kylián
  • To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.  Osho
  • I’m not ashamed of heroic ambitions. If man and woman can only dance upon this earth for a few countable turns of the sun… let each of us be an Artemis, Odysseus, or Zeus… Aphrodite to the extent of the will of each one.  Roman Payne
  • Don’t think you are going to go on forever because you are not and begin to plan something that will compensate as you reduce your capacities to leap or turn on this or that or the other, begin thinking of something else. Katherine Dunham
  • The dance exists exclusively in terms of the movement of the body, not only in the obvious sense that the dancer moves, but also in the less apparent sense that its response in the spectator is likewise a matter of body movement. John Martin
  • A creative person has to create. It doesn’t really matter what you create. If such a dancer wanted to go out and build the cactus gardens where he could, in Mexico, let him do that, but something that is creative has to go on. Katherine Dunham
  • I consider myself an actress first, a dancer second, and a singer third. Why?  Because the dancer needs a reason to move—that’s the actor informing the dancer.  So I worked on my acting and gradually developed a singing voice.  Liza Minnelli
  • It always takes two. There’s the speaker and the listener, you and the audience.  You’ve worked long hours and it comes down to that moment, that performance. The goal isn’t just to improve yourself, but to transport people.  Gillian Murphy
  • Dancing is a very living art. It is essentially of the moment, although a very old art.  A dancer’s art is lived while he is dancing.  Nothing is left of his art except the pictures and the memories, when his dancing days are over.  Martha Graham
  • I found that dance was key to keeping depression out of my life. When you dance, things just go away, things don’t seem so bad. There’s no better way to take care of health than through something as joyous and beautiful as dance.  Patrick Swayze
  • Seen from the wings, a ballerina’s life is made-up of sheer physical misery relieved only by the euphoria of performance. Physical agony is a normal thing backstage and arouses the awe and pity only of outsiders unused to its sight.  Source Unknown
  • Don’t you agree? Swordplay is a dance of sorts, an understanding of the logical, most sophisticated next step.  Except that in a fight, one must take the unexpected step.  In dance it is all about taking the right, expected step.  Lisa Tawn Bergren
  • Our pointe shoes are our instruments. If something’s wrong with my feet, all my mind goes there.  I usually have six pairs ready.  Soft shoes for one act, stiffer shoes for another, stronger shoes for a variation with a lot of turns.  Nina Ananiashvili
  • The mother of the dance is the melody because she gives you everything, tells you everything you need to know, like a mother. The father of the dance is the rhythm and he is the strong one, the leader, the authority, as a father should be!  Tayyar Akdeniz
  • It’s the heart afraid of breaking that never learns to dance. It is the dream afraid of waking that never takes the chance.  It is the one who won’t be taken who cannot seem to give.  And the soul afraid of dying that never learns to live.  Bette Midler
  • So many dancers rely on some sort of magic happening on the stage. They never, for various reasons, work full out in rehearsal.  That’s very uncreative.  They don’t discover the kinds of things that add up to a remarkable performance.  Benjamin Harkarvy
  • One is born to be a dancer. No teacher can work miracles, nor will years of training make a good dancer of an untalented pupil.  One may be able to acquire a certain technical facility, but no one can ever ‘acquire an exceptional talent.  George Balanchine
  • Then come the lights shining on you from above. You are a performer.  You forget all you learned, the process of technique, the fear, the pain, you even forget who you are you become one with the music, the lights, indeed one with the dance.  Shirley MacLaine
  • Most dancers I know, especially the talented and successful ones, seem to possess [my dog’s] knack for living moment to moment. You see, their idea of time is related to those infinitely short moments when they are onstage being their superselves. Paul Taylor
  • I just know that when I go on stage, I give everything I have, not only my legs, not only my feet, not only my body. I try to tell a story.  Sometimes I’m able to cry because I feel like it.  Sometimes I’m able to love because I feel like it.  Sylvie Gulliem
  • You get obsessed by dancing because there seems to be no choice. Sometimes you are miserable, sometimes you are floating in elation.  But you can’t leave it alone until the passion is spun out. If you are lucky you try not to hate it when you leave.  Lisa Rinehart
  • You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive.  Merce Cunningham
  • It’s like an emotional dance party: Some dances will be your favorites, others more awkward or difficult to learn.  Some will be boring or make you mad.  Some you will wish you never needed to do again.  But AHA! You think.  I will dance all the dances I can.  SARK
  • Long experience has taught me that the crux of my fortunes is whether I can radiate good will toward my audience. There is only one way to do it and that is to feel it. You can fool the eyes and minds of the audience, but you cannot fool their hearts.  Howard Thurston
  • To be an artist includes much; one must possess many gifts – absolute gifts – which have not been acquired by one’s own effort. And, moreover, to succeed, the artist must possess the courageous soul… The brave soul.  The soul that dares and defies.  Kate Chopin

 

Dance Quotes By Famous Dancers

  • “When the music changes, so does the dance.” – African proverb.
  • “You were once wild here. Don’t let them tame you.” – Isadora Duncan
  • “There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them.” – Vicki Baum.
  • “I may not be there yet, but I am closer than I was yesterday.” – Misty Copeland.
  • “To follow, without halt, one aim: There’s the secret of success.” – Anna Pavlova.
  • “Better an imperfect dome in Florence than cathedrals in the clouds.” – Twyla Tharp.
  • “What people in the world think of you is really none of your business.” – Martha Graham.
  • “Dancing is just discovery, discovery, discovery – what it all means…” – Martha Graham.
  • “Dancers come and go in the twinkling of an eye, but the dance lives on.” – Michael Jackson.
  • “You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost.” – Martha Graham.
  • “The problem is not making up the steps, but deciding which ones to keep.” – Mikhail Baryshnikov.
  • “Knowing that it has never been done before makes me want to fight even harder.” – Misty Copeland.
  • “There’s nothing wrong with fear; the only mistake is to let it stop you in your tracks.” – Twyla Tharp.
  • “We have the capacity to receive messages from the stars and the songs of the night winds.” – Ruth St. Denis.
  • “I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.” – Mikhail Baryshnikov.
  • “Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are great because of their passion.” – Martha Graham.
  • “Learn the craft of knowing how to open your heart and to turn on your creativity. There’s a light inside of you.” – Judith Jamison.
  • “I knew that I just didn’t have it in me to give up, even if I sometimes felt like a fool for continuing to believe.” – Misty Copeland.
  • “Do a loony-goony dance, ‘cross the kitchen floor, put something silly in the world that ain’t been there before.” – Shel Silverstein.
  • “Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can”. – Martha Graham.
  • “If you’re at a dead end, take a deep breath, stamp your foot, and shout “Begin!” You never know where it will take you.” – Twyla Tharp.
  • “People have nothing to do and therefore they interfere with the life of others. I don’t want to interfere with the life of others.” – Vaslav Nijinsky.
  • “I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living.” – Martha Graham.
  • “Great artists are people who find the way to be themselves in their art. Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike.” – Margot Fonteyn.
  • “Dance for yourself. If someone understands, good. If not, no matter. Go right on doing what interests you, and do it until it stops interesting you.” – Louis Horst.
  • “If you look at a dancer in silence, his or her body will be the music. If you turn the music on, that body will become an extension of what you’re hearing.” – Judith Jamison.
  • “Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.” – Agnes De Mille.
  • “The most important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one’s work seriously and taking one’s self seriously. The first is imperative, and the second disastrous.” – Margot Fonteyn.
  • “You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive.”- Merce Cunningham

 

Dance Motivational Quotes

  • No artist is ahead of his time. He is time; the others are just behind the times.  Martha Graham
  • That which cannot be spoken can be sung; that which cannot be sung can be danced. French proverb
  • It’s not magic! It’s physics. The speed of the turn is what keeps you upright.  Deborah Bull
  • You haven’t got anything to dance about until you’re over thirty-five anyway. Bert Balladine
  • It’s what I always wanted to do, to show the laughter, the fun the joy of dance. Martha Graham
  • Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn’t music.  William Edgar Stafford
  • To change the world, you must first change yourself. And baby, that’s hard enough. Alonzo King
  • There’s just something about dance, … It’s like a primal thing in all of us. Patrick Swayze
  • They who love dancing too much seem to have more brains in their feet than in their head. Terence
  • The Dance instills in you something that sets you apart. Something heroic and remote.  Edgar Degas
  • Everyday has a surprise – wonder what today’s will be? I am ready to unwrap it! Source Unknown
  • Let us read and let us dance – two amusements that will never do any harm to the world. Voltaire
  • Bravura has nothing to do with technique. It’s all about timing and oozing life.  Kevin McKenzie
  • Dancing gets on your brain and makes you crazy, but it’s a good crazy, like love. Source Unknown
  • Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath kick off your shoes, and dance. Oprah Winfrey
  • On the plié and rélevé is based the whole structure of the classical ballet. Christian Johansson
  • I was very happy that I was as normal as possible before I went into serious dance. Suzanne Farrell
  • You know you’re dancing when tears of pain and happiness blend in with your sweat. Source Unknown
  • Light quirks of music, broken and uneven, make the soul dance upon a jig to Heav’n. Alexander Pope
  • It’s a wonderful thing to be able to dance, tell your body what you want it to do. Suzanne Farrell
  • Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music. Angela Monet
  • Dance from your heart and love your music, and the audience will love you in return. Maria Tallchief
  • When one lifts a ballerina, it is not her weight but her nature that causes the problem. Maris Liepa
  • Life may not be the party that we hoped for…But while we’re here, we should dance. Source Unknown
  • The truest expression of a people is in its dance and in its music. Bodies never lie.  Agnes de Mille
  • When we give ourselves over completely to the spirit of the dance, it becomes a prayer. Gabrielle Roth
  • A toe shoe is an eccentric as the ballerina who wears it: their marriage is a commitment. Toni Bentley
  • Do not brood. It makes the moment you are living in unavailable for learning and life. Suzanne Farrell
  • Persevere, don’t let someone tell you’re not good. This business is very subjective. Tomas Schramek
  • You can dance perfectly, but you will be never an artist if you dance without your soul. Source Unknown
  • Football isn’t a contact sport; it’s a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport.  Vince Lombardi
  • Stifling an urge to dance is bad for your health – it rusts your spirit and your hips. Adabella Radici
  • We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
  • Technical perfection is insufficient. It is an orphan without the true soul of the dancer. Sylvie Guillem
  • A pas de deux is a dialogue of love. How can there be conversation if one partner is dumb? Rudolf Nureyev
  • Dance isn’t just about fancy footwork. It requires grace, discipline, and major muscles.  Source Unknown
  • We do not always dance because we are happy, but we dance and cannot help but become happy. Source Unknown
  • If I see a human body on the stage, I don’t see it as an abstraction. I see it as a body.  Anthony Tudor
  • If you can’t get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you’d best teach it to dance. George Bernard Shaw
  • And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. Nietzsche
  • I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.  Mikhail Baryshnikov
  • I don’t want to hide. I want to slow dance with you again.  I want to dance with you forever.  Sarah Black
  • Thousands of emotions well up inside me throughout the day. They are released when I dance.  Abraham Lincoln
  • Minor things can become moments of great revelation when encountered for the first time. Dame Margot Fonteyn
  • Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion. Martha Graham
  • No one can arrive from being talented alone. God gives talent; work transforms talent into genius. Anna Pavlova
  • Dancing is moving to the music without stepping on anyone’s toes, pretty much the same as life. Robert Brault
  • You either do the pirouette or you shoot yourself – one way or the other something must happen! Source Unknown
  • We ought to dance with rapture that we might be alive… and part of the living, incarnate cosmos. H. Lawrence
  • Dancing is the art of getting your feet out of the way faster than your partner can step on them. Source Unknown
  • It is more important who they are as people and only then is it important who they are as dancers. Marcia Haydee
  • It’s not the turning that’s hard in pirouettes. It’s that you’ve got to keep on doing it.  Source Unknown
  • The purpose of art is higher than art. What we are really interested in are masterpieces of humanity. Alonzo King
  • There are times when the simple dignity of movement can fulfill the function of a volume of words. Doris Humphrey
  • Dance is so important in the world, it needs no language. Our bodies speak a language of its own.  Ibrahim Farrah
  • She would be half a planet away, floating in a turquoise sea, dancing by moonlight to flamenco guitar. Jane Fitch
  • I believe that my whole creative life stemmed from this magic hour under the stars on that hilltop. Ruth St. Denis
  • No dancer can watch Fred Astaire and not know that we all should have been in another business. Mikhail Baryshnikov
  • Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to be over, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain. Source Unknown
  • This art, born of genius and good taste, can become beautiful and varied to an infinite degree. Jean George Noverre
  • If you want to dance seriously, do. You must think about it day and night, dream about it, desire it.  Christa Justus
  • Dance – an art form. The body – an instrument.  Learn to play the instrument and master the art form.  Debbie Dee
  • Dancers are among the most passionate and dedicated of artists and rarely take their work for granted. Source Unknown
  • “First comes the sweat. Then comes the beauty if you’re very lucky and have said your prayers.  George Balanchine
  • A child sings before it speaks, dances almost before it walks. Music is in our hearts from the beginning. Pamela Brown
  • When the music and dance create with accord…their magic captivates both the heart and the mind. Jean Georges Noverre
  • A brand-new pair of toe shoes presents itself to us as an enemy with a will of its own that must be tamed. Toni Bentley
  • Movement never lies. It is a barometer telling the state of the soul’s weather to all who can read it. Martha Graham
  • Musicality is when the dancers’ movements appear to create the music – and not the other way around. Kristy Nilsson
  • I learned to act by watching Martha Graham dance, and I learned to dance by watching Charlie Chaplin act. Louise Brooks
  • Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt.  Dance like nobody’s looking.  Source Unknown
  • Dance, in its broadest sense, is a physical acknowledgment of the rhythm of the universe and of our own lives. Carol Roan
  • Classical dancing is like being a mother: if you’ve never done it, you can’t imagine how hard it is.  Harriet Cavalli
  • Dance, one of the oldest forms of artistic expression, requires only the human body for its realization. Igor Youskevitch
  • When movement becomes ecstatic, then this is dance. When the movement is so total there is no ego, then it is dance.  Osho
  • Many other women kicked higher, balanced longer, or turned faster. These are poor substitutes for passion.  Agnes de Mille
  • Dance is the art form; the body is the instrument. Learn to play the instrument so you can master the art form.  Debbie Dee
  • We should realize in a vivid and revolutionary sense that we are not in our bodies but our bodies are in us. Ruth St. Denis
  • Anna Pavlova was looking at her swan costume as she was dying. Her final words:  “Get my swan costume ready.  Anna Pavlova
  • Put a man and a girl on stage and there is already a story; a man and two girls, there’s already a plot. George Balanchine
  • I see dance being used as communication between body and soul, to express what it too deep to find for words. Ruth St. Denis
  • Never dance in a puddle when there’s a hole in your shoe (it’s always best to take your shoes off first). John D. Rhodes
  • To learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. Martha Graham
  • I’m not one who divides music, dance or art into various categories. Either something works, or it doesn’t.  Twyla Tharp
  • Dancing’s not work. You can’t call it work. A day I don’t dance is a day I don’t live. from ‘Serpent of the Nile’
  • We dancers are very lonely people. We work together but we are very much self-made, self-centered individuals.  Source Unknown
  • Just remember when you’re not practicing that someone somewhere is and when you meet them, they will win. Jaques d’Amboise
  • Someone need not be perfect to be a great dancer – feeling a soul is more important than what the body can do. Marcia Haydée
  • Some people seem to think that good dancers are born, but all the good dancers I have known are taught or trained. Fred Astaire
  • When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.  Wayne Dyer
  • I have a fabulous life. It is interesting and rigorous.  I work hard.  So leave me alone.  Watch my dust.  Shut up.  Mark Morris
  • You see, when weaving a blanket, an Indian woman leaves a flaw in the weaving of that blanket to let the soul out. Martha Graham
  • For I have trained myself and am training myself always to be able to dance lightly in the service of thought. Johannes Climacus
  • Socrates learned to dance when he was seventy because he felt that an essential part of himself had been neglected. Source Unknown
  • There’s nothing more exciting than getting to create a vision in my head inspired by the dancers I’m working with. Chris Scott
  • We think to dance, and dance in thought. But to hibernate in the mind, is to bring upon us an apocalypse of the Soul.  Ilyas Kassam
  • Dance is an art that imprints on the soul. It is with you every moment, it expresses itself in everything you do.  Shirley MacLaine
  • Life is sweet when you pay attention. When it doesn’t seem sweet, put a sticker on your nose and do a funky dance.  Whitney Scott
  • Young dancers are training at a very vulnerable time in their lives… So train the whole person, not just the dancer. Deborah Bull
  • Applause lavished at a whim and without discernment, often proves the ruin of young people training for a stage career. G. Noverre
  • Technique – bodily control – must be mastered only because the body must not stand in the way of the soul’s expression. La Meri
  • Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can. Martha Graham
  • The journey between who you once were, and who you are now becoming, is where the dance of life really takes place. Barbara De Angelis
  • Follow your passion. Find that something that makes you want to work at it.  Work hard.  Nothing comes without hard work.  Tomas Schramek
  • This is not a pleasant route for many young people to consider. You have to be either hopelessly passionate, or very stupid.  Twyla Tharp
  • It is not the movements that make a dance beautiful, it is the emotions that inspired the movement that make it beautiful. Kristy Nilsson
  • It is not so much upon the number of exercises, as the care with which they are done, that progress and skill depend. August Bournonville
  • Dance helps us dream bigger dreams and understand our connectedness. When we close our eyes and dream, we are all brothers.  Russell Clark
  • If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him. John F. Kennedy
  • They’re not particular about whether you’re playing a flatted fifth or a ruptured 129th as long as they can dance to it. Dizzy Gillespie
  • The main thing is dancing, and before it withers away from my body, I will keep dancing till the last moment, the last drop. Rudolph Nureyev
  • Dance is for everybody. I believe that the dance came from the people and that it should always be delivered back to the people.  Alvin Ailey
  • You don’t enter a dance studio and say “I can’t do that.” If you do, then why are you in the studio in the first place? Judith Jamison
  • I think it was important that I learned to love to dance eventually for its own sake, as opposed to wanting to be a ballerina. Suzanne Farrell
  • While I dance I cannot judge, I cannot hate, I cannot separate myself from life. I can only be joyful and whole. This is why I dance.  Hans Bos
  • Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing. William James
  • It is shameful that dancing should renounce the empire it might assert over the mind and only endeavor to please the sight. Jean Geroge Noverre
  • When asked about his philosophy of dance, Mark Morris replied: “My philosophy of dance?  I make it up and you watch it.  End of philosophy.”
  • Choreography is simpler than you think. Just go and do, and don’t think so much about it.  Just make something interesting.  George Balanchine
  • Dancing is wonderful training for girls. It’s the first way you learn to guess what a man is going to do before he does it. Christopher Morley
  • Our profession creates illusions. It is not a matter of having a perfect body, but of dancing in such a way as to look perfect.  Wilheim Burmann
  • The word ‘figure’ from choreography . . . means something like a momentary attitude of the body or a fragment of a dance. Sue Ellen Campbell
  • I do not know what the spirit of a philosopher could more wish to be than a good dancer. For the dance is his ideal.  Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
  • In a dancer, there is a reverence for such forgotten things as the miracle of the small beautiful bones and their delicate strength. Martha Graham
  • The audiences’ ears hear the music and their eyes see you being that music. Dance is the music made visible.  You are the music!  Source Unknown
  • Be like a branch of a tree; flex your body to face ‘wind of sorrow’; flex little harder to dance in the ‘wind of happiness’. Santosh Kalwar
  • The dance world is too small in lots of ways – it’s too intense, it rattles around itself, and it needs exposing to other ideas. Siobhan Davies
  • Fine dancing, I believe like virtue, must be its own reward. Those who are standing by are usually thinking of something very different.  Jane Austen
  • Great artists are people who find ways to be themselves in their art. Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike.  Margot Fonteyn
  • Learning to walk sets you free. Learning to dance gives you the greatest freedom of all: to express your whole self, the person you are.  Melissa Hayden
  • The higher up you go, the more mistakes you are allowed. Right at the top, if you make enough of them, it’s considered to be your style.  Fred Astaire
  • So if the dance is five minutes long, make yourself run for perhaps eight minutes. That way, you over-train and the dance will seem easier…Deborah Bull
  • Our biological rhythms are the symphony of the cosmos, music embedded deep within us to which we dance, even when we can’t name the tune. Deepak Chopra
  • There are three steps you have to complete to become a professional dancer: learn to dance, learn to perform and learn how to cope with injuries. D. Gere
  • Enjoy the process of learning to dance. The process of our profession, and not its final achievement, is the heart and soul of dance.  Jacques d’Amboise
  • Dance has to unfold with the grace of a tree giving out leaves, flowers and then tiny fruit. Nothing so beautiful can be done in haste.  Birju Maharaj
  • People tend to look at dancers like we are these little jewels, little cardboard cut-outs, and yet we have blood and guts and go through Hell. Susan Jaffe
  • To dance is to reach for a word that doesn’t exist, to sing the heartsong of a thousand generations, to feel the meaning of a moment in time. Beth Jones
  • Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is not translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself. H Ellis
  • What is modern about modern dance is its resistance to the past, its response to the present, its constant redefining if the idea of dance. Marcia B. Siegel
  • There are those who dance to the rhythm that is played to them, those who only dance to their own rhythm, and those who don’t dance at all. José Bergamín
  • Dance is the loftiest, most moving, most beautiful of the arts, because it is not a mere translation or abstraction of life; it is life itself! Martha Graham
  • To dance is to be out of yourself, larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.  Agnes De Mille
  • God creates, I do not create. I assemble and I steal everywhere to do it, from what I see, from what the dancers do, from what others do…. George Balanchine
  • Dancers work and live from the inside. They drive themselves constantly producing a glow that lights not only themselves but audience after audience.  Louis
  • If anything at all, perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add but when there is no longer anything to take away. Maria Tallchief
  • The Marquesan girls dance all over; not only do their feet dance, but their arms, hands, fingers, ay, their very eyes seem to dance in their heads. Herman Melville
  • In order to dance well, nothing is so important as the turning outwards of the thigh; and nothing is so natural to men as the contrary position. Jean George Noverre
  • The dance is the mother of the arts. Music and poetry exist in time; painting and architecture in space.  But the dance lives at once in time and space.  Curt Sachs
  • Dance for yourself. If someone else understands, good. If not, no matter. Go right on doing what interests you, and do it until it stops interesting you. Louis Horst
  • As we rise higher in the understanding of ourselves, the national and racial dissonances will be forgotten in the universal rhythms of Truth and Love. Ruth St. Denis
  • Righteous, I like that. Kinda fitting when you think about it.  If we danced and shared music, we’d be too busy en-joy-in’ life to start a war.  A. Bucchianeri
  • All the gestures of children are graceful; the reign of distortion and unnatural attitudes commences with the introduction of the dancing master. Sir Joshua Reynolds
  • Dance like there’s nobody watching, love like you’ll never be hurt. Sing like there’s nobody listening, and live like it’s heaven on earth.  William W. Purkey
  • The deep art… That’s the part that has to be guarded like a miser would his money… Like a dope addict would his dope… Like a lover with their love. Alonzo King
  • When I miss class for one day, I know it. When I miss class for two days, my teacher knows it.  When I miss class for three days, the audience knows it.  Rudolf Nureyev
  • This search for what you want is like tracking something that doesn’t want to be tracked. It takes time to get a dance right, to create something memorable.  Fred Astaire
  • If you look at a dancer in silence, his or her body will be the music. If you turn the music on, that body will become an extension of what you’re hearing.  Judith Jamison
  • Think of the magic of the foot, comparatively small, upon which your whole weight rests. It’s a miracle, and the dance…..is a celebration of that miracle.  Martha Graham
  • Jumping from boulder to boulder and never falling, with a heavy pack, is easier than it sounds; you just can’t fall when you get into the rhythm of the dance. Jack Kerouac
  • They dined on mince, and slices of quince, which they ate with a runcible spoon; and hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, they danced by the light of the moon. Edward Lear
  • Someone once said that dancers work just as hard as policemen, always alert, always tense. But see, policemen don’t have to be beautiful at the same time.  George Balanchine
  • Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off.  Dance in the middle of the fighting.  Dance in your blood.  Dance when you’re perfectly free.  Rumi
  • I would have to challenge the term, modern dance. I don’t really use that term in relation to my work.  I simply think of it as dancing.  I think of it as moving.  Twyla Tharp
  • You can’t be pregnant in leotards, and this is the last chance for us to get our bodies into the shape of concert dancers and capture it with the magic of film. Patrick Swayze
  • You get more negative reactions than positive reactions as you go through life, and the big lesson is nobody counts you out but yourself…I never have; I never will. Buddy Ebsen
  • Please send me your last pair of shoes, worn out with dancing as you mentioned in your letter, so that I might have something to press against my heart. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • “When I dance I am really meditating rather than performing for an audience. I am completely absorbed by the music and the steps I choose to respond to the music.  Agnes de Mille
  • Lermontov: Why do you want to dance?  Vicky:  Why do you want to live?  Lermontov:  Well, I don’t know exactly why, but… I must.  Vicky: That’s my answer too.  ‘The Red Shoes’
  • You can be Eastern or Burmese or what have you, but the function of the body and the awareness of the body results in dance and you become a dancer, not just a human being. Martha Graham
  • The expression should come from within oneself, conveying the spiritual –something between earth and heaven. And if one runs, one should not seem to touch the ground.  Natalya Makarova
  • I like dancing of Indian girls more than my parents’ prayers, because they dance with love and passion. But my parents just say their prayers because they got used to it.  Ali Shariati
  • I get into the studio and I try to make visible what’s in the choreographer’s mind. Sometimes a choreographer wants you to have an idea, and sometimes you are the idea.  Angel Corella
  • Dance is your pulse, your heartbeat, your breathing. It’s the rhythm of your life.  It’s the expression in time and movement, in happiness, joy, sadness and envy.  Jacques d’Amboise
  • The trained dancer must not only have grace and elegance, but also the leap of an Olympic hurdler, the balance of a tight-rope walker and panther-like strength and agility. Camilla Jessel
  • It takes ten years, usually, to make a dancer. It takes ten years of handling the instrument, handling the material with which you are dealing, for you to know it completely.  Martha Graham
  • Man must speak, then sing, then dance. The speaking is the brain, the thinking man.  The singing is the emotion.  The dancing is the Dionysian ecstasy which carries away all.  Isadora Duncan
  • When a small child, I thought that success spelled happiness. I was wrong, happiness is like a butterfly which appears and delights us for one brief moment, but soon flits away.  Anna Pavlova
  • On with the dance! let joy be unconfined; No sleep till morn, when Youth and Pleasure meet. To chase the glowing hours with flying feet.  George Gordon, Lord Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage
  • A dance performance is rather like going out into a battlefield. You have to hold the attention of as many as five to 10,000 people a lot of whom do not follow your language. Yamini Krishnamurthy
  • I set as my goal to be the best dancer I could be. Not the most famous, or the highest paid dancer, just the best I could be.  Out of this discipline came great freedom and calm.  Suzanne Farrell
  • The noble entitlement bespeaks an élan, a certain type of relationship with your partner. It means formidable technique not displayed lightly.  The excitement comes from elegance.  Kevin McKenzie
  • So many dancers leave me untouched, unmoved. A dancer should be able to raise an arm and make someone cry, in the way Isadora Duncan did.  It is a necessity for any art to move you.  Pauline Koner
  • Dancers have a very hard job. We must take our ugly, callused, blistered, and bruised feet and present them in a way so that they are mistaken as the most beautiful things on Earth.  Source Unknown
  • I feel that the essence of dance is the expression of man, the landscape of his soul. I hope that every dance I do reveals something of myself or some wonderful thing a human can be.  Martha Graham
  • There is a need to find and sing our own song, to stretch our limbs and shake them in a dance so wild that nothing can roost there, that stirs the yearning for solitary voyage. Barbara Lazear Ascher
  • When you take dancing lessons, you learn steps and you learn steps and you learn steps. It can go on for a long time.  And then one day, you just learn to dance, and it is so different.  Bill Austin
  • In a society that worships love, freedom and beauty, dance is sacred, it is a prayer for the future, a remembrance of the past and a joyful exclamation of thanks for the present. Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
  • There was still no likelihood that we could make a living from dance. We were doing it because we loved it… We realized how full we felt; we were surrounded by music and dancing and joy.  Alvin Ailey
  • Sometimes I have conflicting emotions because it’s been going on for so long now, but then I see somebody dancing real well and it just comes back like an old love. The flame ignites again.  Ann Reinking
  • There comes a moment in a young artist’s life when he know she has to bring something to the stage from within himself. He has to put in something in order to be able to take something.  Mikhail Baryshnikov
  • I cannot avoid condemning all those who, from self-conceit have the pretension to imitate great artists of the past. If their powers of emotion be weak, their powers of expression will be likewise.  G. Noverre
  • The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one’s work seriously and taking oneself seriously. The first is imperative and the second disastrous.  Dame Margot Fonteyn
  • Beginning dancers prefer to take “intermediate” level classes. Intermediate dancers prefer to take “advanced” level classes.  Advanced dancers take private lessons to work on their basics.  Source Unknown
  • The choreographer and the dancer must remember that they reach the audience through the eye. It’s the illusion created which convinces the audience, much as it is with the work of a magician.  George Balanchine
  • Live your truth. Express your love.  Share your enthusiasm.  Take action towards your dreams.  Walk your talk.  Dance and sing to your music.  Embrace your blessings.  Make today worth remembering.  Steve Maraboli
  • The world loves a clone and a good knock-off. It cheats the artist… In the obsession for technical wizardry, people disappear; and if your voice isn’t present in a relationship, you don’t matter.  Alonzo King
  • The teacher doesn’t teach, not really. The teacher offers stimulation and ways in which the person can educate himself or herself.  At best the teacher wakes up that person and makes a person hungry.  Murray Louis
  • The choreographic process is exhausting. It happens on one’s feet after hours of work, and the energy required is roughly the equivalent of writing a novel and winning a tennis match simultaneously.  Agnes de Mille

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