Dancing Quotes

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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

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.
Friedrich Nietzsche

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.
Friedrich Nietzsche

And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.
Kahlil Gibran

Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain.
Unknown Author

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

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.
Samuel Beckett

Dance has always been a way of accessing the other worlds, especially whirling or spinning.
Caitlin Matthews

Dance has such an intensity to it. You become, in a way, an intense person.
Mia Wasikowska

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

Dance is a delicate balance between perfection and beauty.
Unknown Author

Dance is a song of the body. Either of joy or pain.
Martha Graham

Dance is life. Stillness is love. Together, they are everything.
Debbie Nargi-Brown

Dance is like life, it exists as you’re flitting through it, and when it’s over, it’s done.
Jerome Robbins

Dance is one of the most powerful forms of magical ritual… It is an outer expression of the inner spirit.
Ted Andrews

Dance is the hidden language of the soul.
Martha Graham

Dance is the only art of which we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made.
Ted Shawn

Dance is the poetic baring of the soul through motion.
Scott Nilsson

Dance like nobody’s looking.
Mark Twain

Dance on the edge of mystery.
Alan Cohen

Dance where you can break yourself up to pieces and totally abandon your worldly passions.
Rumi

Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.
Kurt Vonnegut

Dance, one of the oldest forms of artistic expression, requires only the human body for its realization.
Igor Youskevitch

Dancers are athletes of God.
Albert Einstein

Dancers are instruments, like a piano the choreographer plays.
George Balanchine

Dancers are the messengers of the gods.
Martha Graham

Dancers today can do anything; the technique is phenomenal. The passion and the meaning to their movement can be another thing.
Martha Graham

Dancing and running shake up the chemistry of happiness.
Mason Cooley

Dancing can reveal all the mystery that music conceals.
Charles Baudelaire

Dancing faces you towards Heaven, whichever direction you turn.
Terri Guillemets

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

Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.
George Bernard Shaw

Dancing is just discovery, discovery, discovery.
Martha Graham

Dancing is like dreaming with your feet!
Constanze

Dancing is moving to the music without stepping on anyone’s toes, pretty much the same as life.
Robert Brault

Dancing is my obsession. My life.
Mikhail Baryshnikov

Dancing is the body made poetic.
Ernst Bacon

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.
Havelock Ellis

Dancing is the poetry of the foot.
John Dryden

Dancing is the world’s favorite metaphor.
Kristy Nilsson

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

Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart is another.
Unknown Author

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.”?
Dave Sokolowski

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.
Milan Kundera

Every dance is a kind of fever chart, a graph of the heart.
Martha Graham

Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.
Oprah Winfrey

Everything in the universe has rhythm. Everything dances.
Maya Angelou

Get up and dance, get up and smile, get up and drink to the days that are gone in the shortest while.
Simon Fowler

Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.
Martha Graham

He who cannot dance claims the floor is uneven.
Hindu Saying

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.
Friedrich Nietzsche

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.
Ted Shawn

I do everything I know how in a dance.
Twyla Tharp

I do everything the man does, only backwards and in high heels!
Ginger Rogers

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 Nietzsche

I don’t want people who want to dance, I want people who have to dance.
George Balanchine

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.
Friedrich Nietzsche

If dancing were any easier it would be called football.
Unknown Author

If that’s all there is, my friends, then let’s keep dancing.
Peggy Lee

If we dance amongst the rooftops, is it not that much further to jig into the starshine?
Terri Guillemets

If you can walk you can dance. If you can talk you can sing.
Zimbabwean Proverb

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.
Christa Justus

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

In dance, in composition, in sculpture, the experience is the same: we are more the conduit than the creator of what we express.
Julia Cameron

In life as in dance: grace glides on blistered feet.
Alice Abrams

Instead of seeing the rug being pulled from under us, we can learn to dance on the shifting carpet.
Thomas Crum

It takes an athlete to dance, but an artist to be a dancer.
Shanna LaFleur

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

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.
William Stafford

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.
Melissa Hayden

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.
Voltaire

Life is not about getting through the storms, but about dancing in the rain.

Bunny Armstrong

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

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we’re here we should dance.
Unknown Author

Life’s not about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.
Vivian Greene

Love is the passionate dance between two hearts. It is to believe in the dream, and together make it real.
Sylvana Rossetti

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

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.
Amy Bloom

Most people live dejectedly in worldly joys or sorrows. They sit on the sidelines and do not join the dance.
Soren Kierkegaard

Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.
Carol Welch

Movement never lies. It is a barometer telling the state of the soul’s weather.
Martha Graham

Music begins to atrophy when it departs too far from the dance.
Ezra Pound

My kids refuse to eat anything that hasn’t danced on TV.
Erma Bombeck

Never give a sword to a man who can’t dance.
Confucius

Never trust spiritual leader who cannot dance.
Kesuke Miyagi

Next time you’re mad, try dancing out your anger.
Sweetpea Tyler

Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.
Dave Barry

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.
Kurt Vonnegut

People dance at any age.
Mikhail Baryshnikov

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

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.
John Wain

Put a little fun into your life. Try dancing.
Kathryn Murray

Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels.
Faith Whittlesey

Rhythm is our universal mother tongue. It’s the language of the soul.
Gabrielle Roth

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.
Pauline Koner

Socrates learned to dance when he was seventy because he felt that an essential part of himself had been neglected.
Unknown Author

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

Stifling an urge to dance is bad for your health – it rusts your spirit and your hips.
Terri Guillemets

Talk about dance? Dance is not something to talk about. Dance is to dance.
Peter Saint James

The body says what words cannot.
Martha Graham

The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word.
Mata Hari

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

The dance: a minimum of explanation, a minimum of anecdotes, and a maximum of sensations.
Maurice BĂ©jart

The earth sets some music going in us and dance we must.
Ludwig Boone

The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.
Vincent Lombardi

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.
Merce Cunningham

The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing.
James Brown

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.

Alan Watts
The physical language of the body is so much more powerful than words.
Bill Irwin

The soul never ages. My soul dances without my feet. I am the music.
Alev Oguz

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.
Camilla Jessel

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.
Vicki Baum

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

There are times when the simple dignity of movement can fulfill the function of a volume of words.
Doris Humphrey

There is a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a great deal of good.
Edwin Denby

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.
Terence

Those move easiest who have learned to dance.
Alexander Pope

Those who dance are considered insane by those who can’t hear the music.
George Carlin

Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music.
Angela Monet

Through dancing many maidens have been unmaidened, whereby I may say it is the storehouse and nursery of bastardy.
John Northbrooke

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.
Aubrey Lynch

To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak.
Indian Proverb

We dance around in a ring and suppose, but the Secret sits in the middle and knows.
Robert Frost

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.
Japanese Proverb

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.
Lewis Smedes

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.
Joan Marques

When the music changes, so does the dance.
African Proverb

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

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.
Hans Bos

Without music, life would be a mistake… I would only believe in a God who knew how to dance.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody is watching.
Mark Twain

You can dance anywhere, even if only in your heart.
Unknown Author

You can’t be afraid of stepping on toes if you want to go dancing.
Lewis Freedman

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.
Shirley MacLaine

You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.
Friedrich Nietzsche