Dance quotes and sayings

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

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

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

To dance is to give oneself up to the rhythms of all life.
Dr. Maya V. Patel

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

Dancing is just discovery, discovery, discovery.
Martha Graham

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

Dancing is the world’s favorite metaphor.
Kristy Nilsson

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

When you do dance, I wish you A wave o’ the sea, that you might ever do Nothing but that.
William Shakespeare

If dancing were any easier it would be called football.

Dance to express, not to impress

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

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

He who cannot dance will say: “The drum is bad”
African Proverb

Dance is a delicate balance between perfection and beauty.

We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.

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

All there is to be said for work compared to dance is that the latter is so much easier.
Heywood Brown

Dance is the mother of all arts.

For yesterday and for all tomorrows, we dance the best we know.
Kate Seredy

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

Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, will you join the dance?
Lewis Carroll

You don’t stop dancing from growing old, you grow old from stopping to dance.

We should consider everyday lost in which we don’t dance.

You know you’re dancing when tears of pain and happiness blend in with your sweat.

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

The art of dancing stands at the source of all the arts that express themselves first in the human person. The art of building, or architecture, is the beginning of all the arts that lie outside the person; and in the end they unite…. Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no more translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself.
Havelock Ellis

Work like you don’t need the money, love like your heart has never been broken, and dance like no one is watching.
Aurora Greenway

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

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 Wilhelm Nietzsche

I am a dancer. I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living…. In each it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which comes shape of achievement, a sense of one’s being, a satisfaction of spirit. One becomes in some area an athlete of God.
Martha Graham

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

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

The people who do not dance are the dead.
Jerry Rose of Dance Caravan

Dance – no translation needed.
Kristy Nilsson

Life is what we make it, it always has been, always will be.
Grandma Moses

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

Ballet is not technique but a way of expression that comes more closely to the inner language of man than any other.
George Borodin

To dance is to share – to share is to teach

Dancing is dreaming with your feet.

Poetry is to prose as dancing is to walking.
John Wain

Quitters never win and winners never quit.

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

It is not the movements that make a dance beautiful, it is the emotions that inspired the movements that make it beautiful.
Kristy Nilsson

Love is a lot like dancing; you just surrender to the music.
Pierce Brosnon

Thank God that you are able to dance…Remember there are those who cannot even walk.

I’m dancing to the music of the madness inside me.
George C. Wolfe

It’s what I always wanted to do, to show the laughter, the fun the joy of dance.
Martha Graham

Wives are people who feel they don’t dance enough.
Groucho Marx

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

Movement never lies. It is a barometer telling the state of the soul’s weather to all who can read it.
Martha Graham

We sing in a church, why can we not dance there?
George Bernard Shaw

Dance for yourself, if someone understands good. If not then no matter, go right on doing what you love.
Lois Hurst

Dance is so important in the world. It needs no language. Our bodies speak a language of its own.
Ibrahim Farrah

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

To dance is to be yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power on earth and it is yours for the taking.
Agnes DeMille

Love teaches even asses to dance.
French Proverb

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

Dancing’s not work. You can’t call it work. A day I don’t dance is a day I don’t live.
Serpent of the Nile

If you can’t get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you’d best teach it to dance.
George Bernard Shaw

Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.
Carl Sandburg

Let us read and let us dance – two amusements that will never do any harm to the world.