Dance Quotes

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Humans are measured not through their words but their deeds. The abstraction of deeds is dance itself.

~ Chinvat – the Ninth Bridge
Winner − Special Jury Award, Hungarian Pan Art Festival
(from the promotional flyer)

In life as in dance:
Grace glides on blistered feet.

~ Alice Abrams

Beside the fire, as the wood burns black,
a laughing dancer in veils of light,
whose dance transforms the darkness to gold.

~ Adu Abd Allan ben Abi-l-Khisal ben Abi-l-Khisal

He who cannot dance will say: The drum is bad.

~ African Proverb

Kristy Nilsson - Tarentelle, Atlanta Ballet Centre Theatre

If you can talk, you can sing.
If you can walk, you can dance.

~ African Proverb

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

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

There is such a difference when you're dancing to music you really love, when there is this meeting of music and dancer that fuses into one. Those are the experiences we live for.

~ Aisha Ali

They follow me and I never know what I'm going to do.
I lead them through a variety of dance experiences,
and at these times, I'm no longer myself. I'm like a go-between. When I hear certain pieces of music, I project myself into the place and time where I saw a particular dancer. Then I become that performer.

~ Aisha Ali

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

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. {Que esta nueva forma de diálogo nos siga acercando a un arte al que he consagrado mi vida,
y que está enraizado en lo más profundo y bello del ser humano.}

~ Alicia Alonso

When you are ecstatic and in love, you feel buoyant, you feel life, you feel like you're dancing in the sky.

~ Margo Anand

It’s true of all great artists that the more you see, the more you want to see.

~ Peter Anastos, choreographer

Everything in the universe has rhythm.
Everything dances.

~ Maya Angelou

Dance is a life, everyday. don't miss it.
You're in bodies, you can move... Where is your joy?

~ Mary Anthony

Dance is a sort of silent rhetoric.

~ Canon Thoinot Arbeau

The dance, just as the performance of the actor, is kinesthetic art, art of the muscle sense. The awareness of tension and relaxation within his own body, the sense of balance that distinguishes the proud stability of the vertical from the risky adventures of thrusting and falling – these are the tools of the dancer.

~ Rudolf Arnheim

The choreographer cannot deliberately make a ballet to appeal to an audience, he has to start from personal inspirations. He has to trust the ballet, to let it stand on its own strengths or fall on its weaknesses. If it reaches the audience, then he is lucky that round!

~ Gerald Arpino

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

Dancing is a sweat job.

~ Fred Astaire

Do it big, do it right, and do it with style.

~ Fred Astaire

I am bit sending messages with my feet.
All I ever wanted was not to come up empty.
I did it for the dough and the old applause.

~ Fred Astaire

I have no desire to prove anything by dancing.
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