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.
Allow yourself to trust joy and embrace it. You will find you dance with everything.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.
Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain.
Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.
Dance as though no one is watching. Love as though you’ve never been hurt. Sing as though no one can hear you. Live as though heaven is on earth.
John Philip Sousa
Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order.
Dance has always been a way of accessing the other worlds, especially whirling or spinning.
Dance has such an intensity to it. You become, in a way, an intense person.
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?
Dance is a delicate balance between perfection and beauty.
Dance is a song of the body. Either of joy or pain.
Dance is life. Stillness is love. Together, they are everything.
Dance is like life, it exists as you’re flitting through it, and when it’s over, it’s done.
Dance is one of the most powerful forms of magical ritual… It is an outer expression of the inner spirit.
Dance is the hidden language of the soul.
Dance is the only art of which we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made.
Dance is the poetic baring of the soul through motion.
Dance like nobody’s looking.
Dance on the edge of mystery.
Dance where you can break yourself up to pieces and totally abandon your worldly passions.
Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.
Dance, one of the oldest forms of artistic expression, requires only the human body for its realization.
Dancers are athletes of God.
Dancers are instruments, like a piano the choreographer plays.
Dancers are the messengers of the gods.
Dancers today can do anything; the technique is phenomenal. The passion and the meaning to their movement can be another thing.
Dancing and running shake up the chemistry of happiness.
Dancing can reveal all the mystery that music conceals.
Dancing faces you towards Heaven, whichever direction you turn.
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?
Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.
George Bernard Shaw
Dancing is just discovery, discovery, discovery.
Dancing is like dreaming with your feet!
Dancing is moving to the music without stepping on anyone’s toes, pretty much the same as life.
Dancing is my obsession. My life.
Dancing is the body made poetic.
Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is not mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself.
Dancing is the poetry of the foot.
Dancing is the world’s favorite metaphor.
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.
Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart is another.
Dancing: the vertical expression of a horizontal desire legalized by music.
George Bernard Shaw
Do you think dyslexic people have difficulty dancing to “Y.M.C.A.”?
Don’t say, Yes! Just take my hand and dance with me.
Oriah Mountain Dreamer
Eroticism is like a dance: one always leads the other.
Every dance is a kind of fever chart, a graph of the heart.
Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.
Everything in the universe has rhythm. Everything dances.
Get up and dance, get up and smile, get up and drink to the days that are gone in the shortest while.
Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.
He who cannot dance claims the floor is uneven.
He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.
How can we know the dancer from the dance?
William Butler Yeats
I believe that dance communicates man’s deepest, highest and most truly spiritual thoughts and emotions far better than words, spoken or written.
I do everything I know how in a dance.
I do everything the man does, only backwards and in high heels!
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.
I don’t want people who want to dance, I want people who have to dance.
I said to my soul, be still, and wait… So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.
T. S. Eliot
I see dance being used as communication between body and soul, to express what it too deep to find for words.
Ruth St. Denis
I would believe only in a God that knows how to dance.
If dancing were any easier it would be called football.
If that’s all there is, my friends, then let’s keep dancing.
If we dance amongst the rooftops, is it not that much further to jig into the starshine?
If you can walk you can dance. If you can talk you can sing.
If you can’t get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you’d best teach it to dance.
George Bernard Shaw
If you want to dance seriously, do. You must think about it day and night, dream about it, desire it.
In a dancer, there is a reverence for such forgotten things as the miracle of the small beautiful bones and their delicate strength.
In dance, in composition, in sculpture, the experience is the same: we are more the conduit than the creator of what we express.
In life as in dance: grace glides on blistered feet.
Instead of seeing the rug being pulled from under us, we can learn to dance on the shifting carpet.
It takes an athlete to dance, but an artist to be a dancer.
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.
Joy is peace dancing and peace is joy at rest.
F. B. Meyer
Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn’t music.
Learning to walk set you free. Learning to dance gives you the greatest freedom of all: to express with your whole self the person you are.
Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair…
Susan Polis Shutz
Let us read and let us dance – two amusements that will never do any harm to the world.
Life is not about getting through the storms, but about dancing in the rain.
Life is sweet when you pay attention. When it doesn’t seem sweet, put a sticker on your nose and do a funky dance.
Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we’re here we should dance.
Life’s not about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.
Love is the passionate dance between two hearts. It is to believe in the dream, and together make it real.
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.
Marriage is not a ritual or an end. It is a long, intricate, intimate dance together and nothing matters more than your own sense of balance and your choice of partner.
Most people live dejectedly in worldly joys or sorrows. They sit on the sidelines and do not join the dance.
Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.
Movement never lies. It is a barometer telling the state of the soul’s weather.
Music begins to atrophy when it departs too far from the dance.
My kids refuse to eat anything that hasn’t danced on TV.
Never give a sword to a man who can’t dance.
Never trust spiritual leader who cannot dance.
Next time you’re mad, try dancing out your anger.
Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.
Part of the joy of dancing is conversation. Trouble is, some men can’t talk and dance at the same time. Ginger Rogers
Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God.
People dance at any age.
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.
Play with life, laugh with life, dance lightly with life, and smile at the riddles of life, knowing that life’s only true lessons are writ small in the margin.
Jonathan Lochwood Huie
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
Poetry is to prose as dancing is to walking.
Put a little fun into your life. Try dancing.
Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels.
Rhythm is our universal mother tongue. It’s the language of the soul.
See stars in the changing season and dance among them, shining.
Mary Anne Radmacher
So many dances 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.
Socrates learned to dance when he was seventy because he felt that an essential part of himself had been neglected.
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.
Stifling an urge to dance is bad for your health – it rusts your spirit and your hips.
Talk about dance? Dance is not something to talk about. Dance is to dance.
Peter Saint James
The body says what words cannot.
The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word.
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.
The dance: a minimum of explanation, a minimum of anecdotes, and a maximum of sensations.
The earth sets some music going in us and dance we must.
The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.
The journey between what you once were and who you are now becoming is where the dance of life really takes place.
Barbara De Angelis
The most essential thing in dance discipline is devotion.
The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing.
The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
The physical language of the body is so much more powerful than words.
The soul never ages. My soul dances without my feet. I am the music.
The stillness shall be the dancing and the darkness the light.
T. S. Eliot
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.
The truest expression of a people is in its dance and in its music. Bodies never lie.
Agnes de Mille
There are short-cuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them.
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.
There are times when the simple dignity of movement can fulfill the function of a volume of words.
There is a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a great deal of good.
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 wings.
Barbara Lazear Ascher
They who love dancing too much seem to have more brains in their feet than in their head.
Those move easiest who have learned to dance.
Those who dance are considered insane by those who can’t hear the music.
Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music.
Through dancing many maidens have been unmaidened, whereby I may say it is the storehouse and nursery of bastardy.
To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful.
Agnes De Mille
To dance is to live!
Charles M. Schulz
To touch to move to inspire – this is the true gift of dance.
To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak.
We dance around in a ring and suppose, but the Secret sits in the middle and knows.
We ought to dance with rapture that we might be alive… and part of the living, incarnate cosmos.
D. H. Lawrence
We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.
When I feel the joy of receiving a gift my heart nudges me to join creation’s ballet, the airy dance of giving and receiving, and getting and giving again.
When it rains it pours. Maybe the art of life is to convert tough times to great experiences; we can choose to hate the rain or dance in it.
When the music changes, so does the dance.
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.
While I dance I cannot judge, I cannot hate, I cannot separate myself from life. I can only be joyful and whole. That is why I dance.
Without music, life would be a mistake… I would only believe in a God who knew how to dance.
Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody is watching.
You can dance anywhere, even if only in your heart.
You can’t be afraid of stepping on toes if you want to go dancing.
You can’t lie when you dance. It’s so direct. You do what is in you. It is impossible to dance out of the side of your mouth.
You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.