Dance Quotes

Looking for dance quotes for dancers?  Check out the list below for options for inspiring your dancer, ideas for studio quotes, recital programs or scrapbooking.


dance quotes


Great dancers are not great because of their technique.  They are great because of their passion – Martha Graham

To touch, to move, to inspire, this is the true gift of dance.  – Aubrey Lynch

Dancing is a feeling expressed from the inside out. – Mia Michaels

Out of limitations, comes creativity.  – Debbie Allen

Practice as if you are the worst.  Perform as if you are the best.  – unknown

The creative process is not controlled by a switch you turn on and off; it’s with you all the time.  – Alvin Ailey

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced once.  – Friedrich Nitzsche

It’s not who you are that holds you back.  It’s who you think you are not. – Denis Waitley

Life is the dancer and you are the dance.  – Eckhart Tolle

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

Optimist:  Someone who figures that taking a step backwards after taking a step forwards is not a disaster.  It’s a cha-cha.  – Robert Brault

The only dancer you should compare yourself to, is the one you used to be.  – unknown

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

Dance is music made visible. – Unknown

The dancer’s body is simply the luminous manifestation of the soul. – Isadora Duncan

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

Dancers are the messengers of the Gods. – Martha Graham

Dancers are instruments, like an instrument the choreographer plays. – unknown

The world is my stage. – unknown

And if the music is good, you dance. – unknown

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

Dance like no one is watching. – unknown

There are shortcuts to happiness and dancing is one of them. – unknown

If you dance with your heart, your body will follow.  – Mia Michaels

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

Dancers dream with their feet. – unknown

To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. – Agnes De Mille

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

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

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

Where there is no heart, there is no art.  – Anna Pavlova

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

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. – Edgar Degas

Don’t be afraid to be amazing. – Andy Offutt Irwin

They call it dancing.  We call it living.

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: you’re dancing spirit. – Judith Jamison

Some dancers dream about successful careers…and some dancers wake up and do the hard work that’s necessary to achieve them. –  Grover Dale

I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself. – Mikhail Baryshnikov

Choreography is mentally draining, but there’s a pleasure in getting in the studio with dancers and the music.  – Alvin Ailey

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

Awesome dancers have discovered the inner passion that transforms their movement into art.  – Rhee Gold

Dance from your heart and love your music and the audience will love you in return.  – Marie Tallchief

Do it big, do it right and do it with style.  – Fred Astaire

No one can arrive from being talented alone, work transforms talent into genius.  – Anna Pavlova

Opportunity dances with those who are already on the dance floor.  – Jackson Browne

God gives talent.  Work transforms talent into genius.  – Anna Pavlova

You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled then something has been lost.  – Martha Graham

Dance to the light that is your soul.  – Jendayi

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

Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.  – Tim Notke

Dance training is life training.  – Joe Tremaine

I don’t want dancers who want to dance.  I want dancers who have to dance. – George Balanchine 

No dancer can watch Fred Astaire and not know that we should have all been in another business.  – Mikhail Baryshnikov

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

God creates, I do not create.  I assemble and I steal everywhere to do it – from what I see, from what the dancers can do, from what others do… – George Balanchine

The more injuries you get, the smarter you get.  – Mikhail Baryshnikov

I’m not interested in a group of people with some sort of incredible homogeny,a group that can do the movement I want.  I’m interested in people whocan take the movement somewhere. – Graeme Murphy

Nobody is born a dancer.  – Mikhail Baryshnikov

Dances without purpose have false starts and stops. – Hanya Holm

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

Choreography is simpler than you think.  Just go and do, and don’t think so much about it.  Just make something  interesting.   – George Balanchine

Good choreography fuses eye, ear and mind.  – Arlene Croce

Life is a dance from one stage to the next.  – Unknown

No artist is ahead of his time.  He is his time; it’s just that others are behind the times.  – Martha Graham

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

The body never lies.  – Martha Graham

There are short-cuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them.” – Vicki Baum

The only sin is mediocrity.  – Martha Graham

A child sings before it speaks, dances almost before it walks. Music is in our hearts from the beginning. – Pamela Brown

What are your favorite dance quotes?



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