Dance quotes

  • Oh, 'tis jesting, dancing, drinking Spins the heavy world around.
    -- A. E. Housman

    #Dance #Drinking #Dancing

  • I'm the interpreter. I'm the one who takes your words and brings them to life. I was trained to sing and dance and laugh, and that's what I want to do.
    -- Aaliyah

    #Dance #Laughing #Singing

  • During 'Saturday Night Fever' at the end of the first act dance number I tried to perform a split-jump, only I can't do them so I ended up on my ***** followed by the most unsightly backward roll out of it, followed by the cast falling over in laughter and a good portion of the audience too.
    -- Adam Garcia

    #Dance #Laughter #Fall

  • When you dance and move around it creates a different reaction from the audience - they love it.
    -- Adam Lambert

    #Dance #Moving #Different

  • There are female artists I can look at that I find more in common with than the male artists, because they're blending the pop, dance and theatricality... but currently there aren't a lot of guys who go there.
    -- Adam Lambert

    #Dance #Artist #Guy

  • When I dance I am really meditating rather then performing for an audience. I am completely absorbed by the music and the steps I choose to respond to the music.
    -- Agnes de Mille

    #Dance #Steps #Performing

  • 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

    #Beautiful #Dance #Powerful

  • Many other women have kicked higher, balanced longer, or turned faster. These are poor substitutes for passion.
    -- Agnes de Mille

    #Dance #Passion #Poor

  • A good education is usually harmful to a dancer. A good calf is better than a good head.
    -- Agnes de Mille

    #Dance #Dancer #Calves

  • The practice mirror is to be used for the correction of faults, not for a love affair, and the figure you watch should not become your dearest friend.
    -- Agnes de Mille

    #Dance #Mirrors #Practice

  • Dance constitutes a true recapturing of... freedom and childish play.
    -- Agnes de Mille

    #Dance #Play

  • The truest expression of a people is in its dances and its music. Bodies never lie.
    -- Agnes de Mille

    #Dance #Women #Lying

  • 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

    #Dance #Writing #Winning

  • Modern dancers give a sinister portent about our times.
    -- Agnes de Mille

    #Dance #Giving #Modern

  • Toe dancing is a dandy attention getter, second only to screaming.
    -- Agnes de Mille

    #Dance #Dancing #Attention

  • But remember that intent is everything. One does not just jump, one lifts into the air, one rises. In the same way the lifted leg of an arabesque becomes a wing, and not a mechanical leverage like a raised trap door. This is the precise difference between dancing and acrobatics. The dancer tries to express something; the acrobat merely pulls, raises, stretches and grinds. The acrobat is lost in a web of muscles the dancer is all but invisible in projected idea.
    -- Agnes de Mille

    #Dance #Differences #Air

  • The universe lies before you on the floor, in the air, in the mysterious bodies of your dancers, in your mind. From this voyage no one returns poor or weary.
    -- Agnes de Mille

    #Dance #Lying #Journey

  • Ballet technique never becomes easy, it becomes possible
    -- Agnes de Mille

    #Dance #Ballet #Technique

  • To make up a dance, I still need, as I needed then, a pot of tea, walking space, privacy and an idea.
    -- Agnes de Mille

    #Dance #Ideas #Space

  • Dancing is such a despised and dishonored trade that if you tell a doctor or a laywer you do choreography he'll look at you as if you were a hummingbird. Dancers don't get invited to visit people. It is assumed a boy dancer will run off with the spoons and a girl with the head of the house.
    -- Agnes de Mille

    #Girl #Dance #Running

  • If you want to understand a nation, look at its dances and listen to its folk songs - don't pay any attention to its politicians.
    -- Agnes de Mille

    #Dance #Song #Looks

  • David Alford technique that does NOT serve expression leads to exibitionism.
    -- Agrippina Vaganova

    #Dance #Expression #Technique

  • Out of the sky, the birds, the parrots, the bells, silk, cloth, and drums, out of Sundays dancing, children's words and love words, out of love for the little fists of children, I will build a world, my world with round shoulders.
    -- Aime Cesaire

    #Dance #Children #Sunday

  • James Brown lives, as long as someone steps out of their body and dances uncontrollably.
    -- Al Sharpton

    #Dance #Long #Body

  • Dance on the edge of mystery.
    -- Alan Cohen

    #Dance #Mystery

  • Dance is like wine; it matures with every performance.
    -- Alarmel Valli

    #Dance #Wine #Performances

  • It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Inspirational #Dance #Education

  • Dancers are the athletes of God.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Dance #Philosophical #Athlete

  • Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Life #Success #Dance

  • I want to make music that will make the blood surge in your veins, music that will get people up and dance.
    -- Alex Kapranos

    #Dance #Blood #People

  • I am taking belly dancing now. My hips are double-jointed, so I can do it really easily.
    -- Alexa Vega

    #Dance #Dancing #Hips

  • Not to go back is somewhat to advance, and men must walk, at least, before they dance.
    -- Alexander Pope

    #Dance #Wisdom #Time

  • True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, as those who move easiest have learned to dance.
    -- Alexander Pope

    #Dance #Art #Moving

  • Light quirks of music, broken and uneven,Make the soul dance upon a jig to Heav'n.
    -- Alexander Pope

    #Music #Dance #Light

  • Ballet is a dance executed by the human soul.
    -- Alexander Pushkin

    #Dance #Soul #Ballet

  • Us sing and dance, make faces and give flower bouquets, trying to be loved. You ever notice that trees do everything to git attention we do, except walk?
    -- Alice Walker

    #Life #Dance #Flower

  • A dancer should learn from all the arts. Go to museums and look at the paintings. See how they balance things. Everything you do in the arts enriches you.
    -- Alicia Alonso

    #Dance #Art #Museums

  • This new form of dialogue that is bringing us to the art to which I have dedicated my life, is rooted in the deepest and most beautiful part of being human.
    -- Alicia Alonso

    #Beautiful #Dance #Art

  • It is a temptation to exploit one's technique because an audience is easily reached this way, but they cannot be moved by technique alone and to move an audience is the role of dance as an art.
    -- Alla Osipenko

    #Dance #Art #Moving

  • 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

    #Dance #Believe #People

  • The creative process is not controlled by a switch you can simply turn on or off; it's with you all the time.
    -- Alvin Ailey

    #Dance #Time #Creative

  • My dancers must be able to do anything, and I don't care if they are black or white or purple or green. I want to help show my people how beautiful they are. I want to hold up the mirror to my audience that says this is the way people can be, this is how open people can be.
    -- Alvin Ailey

    #Beautiful #Dance #White

  • Choreography is mentally draining, but there's a pleasure in getting into the studio with the dancers and the music.
    -- Alvin Ailey

    #Dance #Dancer #Pleasure

  • No matter what you write or choreograph, you feel it is not enough.
    -- Alvin Ailey

    #Dance #Writing #Matter

  • I always want to have more dancers in my company.
    -- Alvin Ailey

    #Dance #Dancer #Want

  • I'm attracted to long-legged girls with long arms and a little head.
    -- Alvin Ailey

    #Girl #Dance #Long

  • Basic dance--and I should qualify the word basic--is primarily concerned with motion. So immediately you will say but the basketball player is concerned with motion. That is so--but he is not concerned with it primarily. His action is a means towards an end beyond motion. In basic dance the motion is its own end--that is, it is concerned with nothing beyond itself.
    -- Alwin Nikolais

    #Basketball #Dance #Mean

  • A cat is never a presentation, but an innocent happening.
    -- Alwin Nikolais

    #Dance #Cat #Innocent

  • I started Ballet at a very young age and I was captivated immediately. It became my voice, means to overcome those final barriers to expressing myself. Letting myself fly free. The more experience I have, the more I get to know myself.
    -- Amanda McKerrow

    #Dance #Mean #Voice

  • Dance, v.i. To leap about to the sound of tittering music, preferably with arms about your neighbor's wife or daughter. There are many kinds of dances, but all those requiring the participation of the two sexes have two characteristics in common: they are conspicuously innocent, and warmly loved by the vicious.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Dance #Daughter #Sex

  • 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

    #Dance #Prayer #Past

  • Someday without any reason dance in frenzy in total let go.
    -- Anandmurti Gurumaa

    #Dance #Letting Go #Someday

  • A silent figure is the dancer, true but still, words become dance, and all things there express'd.
    -- Andre Bjerke

    #Dance #Silent #Figures

  • 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

    #Dance #Adversity #Dancing

  • Don't be afraid to be amazing.
    -- Andy Offutt Irwin


  • I'm not going to be dancing with the stars at this stage in my life. But I want to dance and bop around, and I did, and I can.
    -- Angela Lansbury

    #Dance #Stars #Dancing

  • Always let them think of you as singing and dancing.
    -- Anita Brookner

    #Dance #Thinking #Dancing

  • If you're skating on thin ice, you might as well dance.
    -- Anita Shreve

    #Dance #Ice #Skating

  • Sometimes I gave 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

    #Dance #Real #Flames

  • After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.
    -- Ann Richards

    #Inspirational #Dance #Women

  • Just as the ancients danced to call upon the spirits in nature, we too can dance to find the spirits within ourselves that have been long buried and forgotten.
    -- Anna Halprin

    #Dance #Long #Spirit

  • I imagine a future where many of us will call ourselves dancers and collaborate to make an art which concerns itself with primary areas of life... for me, peace is a communal work process, a collective vision. The dance itself tries to exemplify a few of these methods in a truly grounded and practical way so that the people can say: yes, there are prospects of survival.
    -- Anna Halprin

    #Dance #Art #People

  • I'm very excited about dance and love it with a deep passion. I also struggle, tire and become discouraged. But what has always revived me...has been the rebirth of energy each time the creative process is awakened and artistic activity begins to unfold even in some infinitesimal measure.
    -- Anna Halprin

    #Dance #Struggle #Passion

  • Learning ballet is wonderful for children even if they never become dancers. It is wonderful because it teaches discipline, grace, and manners.
    -- Anna Paskevska

    #Dance #Children #Discipline

  • God gives talent. Work transforms talent into genius.
    -- Anna Pavlova

    #Life #Motivational #Dance

  • Master technique and then forget about it and be natural.
    -- Anna Pavlova

    #Dance #Technique #Forget

  • Where there is no heart there is no art.
    -- Anna Pavlova

    #Dance #Art #Heart

  • Dancing is my gift and my life... God gave me this gift to bring delight to others. I am haunted by the need to dance. It is the purest expression of every emotion, earthly and spiritual. It is happiness.
    -- Anna Pavlova

    #Dance #Spiritual #Expression

  • I danced from the moment I could stand.
    -- Anna Pavlova

    #Dance #Moments

  • If I can not dance, I shall die!
    -- Anna Pavlova

    #Dance #Can Not

  • And she is going to dance, dance hungry, dance full, dance each cold astonishing moment, now when she is young and again when she is old.
    -- Anne Lamott

    #Dance #Cold #Moments

  • Dancing almost always turns out to be a good idea.
    -- Anne Lamott

    #Dance #Ideas #Dancing

  • Nature is so powerful, so strong. Capturing its essence is not easy - your work becomes a dance with light and the weather. It takes you to a place within yourself.
    -- Annie Leibovitz

    #Dance #Strong #Powerful

  • I would like to tell all dancers to forget themselves and the desire for self display. They must become completely absorbed in the dance. Even in a classical variation there should never be any thought of a dancer doing a variation--he should become identified with it.
    -- Antony Tudor

    #Dance #Self #Desire

  • If I see a human body on the stage, I don't see it as an abstraction. I see it as a body.
    -- Antony Tudor

    #Dance #Body #Stage

  • Good choreography fuses eye, ear and mind.
    -- Arlene Croce

    #Dance #Eye #Mind

  • Ballet is only good when it is great.
    -- Arlene Croce

    #Dance #Ballet

  • It is through strength of technique that the body stays in possession of music.
    -- Arlene Croce

    #Dance #Technique #Body

  • If Balanchine had any secret, it was one that has endured through two hundred years of classical ballet. It is that dancing correctly in three dimensions, on the music, creates the fourth dimension of meaning.
    -- Arlene Croce

    #Dance #Years #Two

  • Let us keep the dance of rain our fathers kept and tread our dreams beneath the jungle sky.
    -- Arna Bontemps

    #Dance #Dream #Father

  • I have stretched ropes from steeple to steeple; garlands from window to window; golden chains from star to star, and I dance.
    -- Arthur Rimbaud

    #Dance #Stars #Rope

  • I focus on having a feminine body, a dancer's body. I do resistance and dance and cardio. I like hiking, swimming, being active. It clears your mind and it's a good way to decompress.
    -- Ashley Greene

    #Dance #Swimming #Hiking

  • It is not so much upon the number of exercises, as the care with which they are done, that progreses and skill depend.
    -- August Bournonville

    #Dance #Exercise #Skills

  • The height of artistic skill is to know how to conceal the mechanical effort and strain beneath harmonious calm.
    -- August Bournonville

    #Dance #Skills #Effort

  • The beauty to which the Dance ought to aspire
    -- August Bournonville


  • Mannerism is not character, and affectation is the avowed enemy of grace. Every dancer ought to regard his laborious art as a link in the chain of beauty, as a useful ornament for the stage, and this, in turn, as an important element in the spiritual development of nations.
    -- August Bournonville

    #Dance #Spiritual #Art

  • The Dance can, with the aid of music, rise to the heights of poetry. On the other hand, through an excess of gymnastics it can also degenerate into buffoonery. So-called "difficult" feats can be executed by countless adepts, but the appearance of ease is achieved only by the chosen few.
    -- August Bournonville

    #Dance #Gymnastics #Hands

  • The beautiful always retains the freshness of novelty, while the astonishing soon grow tiresome.
    -- August Bournonville

    #Beautiful #Dance #Novelty

  • Joy is a strength; intoxication, a weakness.
    -- August Bournonville

    #Dance #Joy #Weakness

  • The art of Mime encompasses all the feelings of the soul. The Dance, on the other hand, is essentially an expression of joy, a desire to follow the rhythms of the music.
    -- August Bournonville

    #Dance #Art #Expression

  • It is a fine art because it strives for an ideal, not only in plastic but also in lyrical respect.
    -- August Bournonville

    #Dance #Art #Strive

  • The Dance is an art because it demands vocation, knowledge, and ability.
    -- August Bournonville

    #Dance #Art #Demand

  • The beauty to which the Dance ought to aspire is not dependent upon taste or pleasure, but is founded on the immutable laws of Nature.
    -- August Bournonville

    #Dance #Law #Taste

  • We have parties at my house. My girlfriends and I play our iPods, with all of our favorite songs. We pick our songs and jump up on the counter and dance, and do runway stuff, and we take video with my camera. When I'm with my girlfriends, I act like I'm 19.
    -- Avril Lavigne

    #Dance #Song #Girlfriend

  • A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.
    -- Ayn Rand

    #Dance #Teamwork #Motivation

  • Dance ... is life, or becomes it, in a way that other arts cannot attain. It is not in stone, or words or tones, but in our muscles. It is a formulation of their movements.
    -- Baker Brownell

    #Dance #Art #Movement

  • The moment in between what you once were, and who you are now becoming, is where the dance of life really takes place.
    -- Barbara De Angelis

    #Life #Change #Dance

  • So be encouraged and dedicate yourself to your dream and if your dream should come my way one day then we will dance upon the boards of life.
    -- Ben Vereen

    #Dance #Dream #One Day

  • 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

    #Dance #Magic #Add

  • I love to dance and I'd love to be saying goodbye to my friends while the band was playing and they were dancing...I want them to remember I was a dancing man in my day.
    -- Benjamin Spock

    #Dance #Goodbye #Men