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5 months ago Funny

Wisdom with a smile

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«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

 

«I think Balanchine and Robbins talk to God, and when I call, he’s out to lunch»

Bob Fosse

 

«If you can’t get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you’d best teach it to dance»

George Bernard Shaw

 

«When the music changes, so does the dance»

African proverb

 

«Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels»

Faith Whittlesey

 

«There is a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a great deal of good»

Edwin Denby

 

«We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance»

Japanese Proverb

 

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«Dancing: the vertical expression of a horizontal desire legalized by music »

George Bernard Shaw

 

«Stifling an urge to dance is bad for your health – it rusts your spirit and your hips »

Terri Guillemets

 

«And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music»

Friedrich Nietzsche

 

«Slippery stages were the terror of my life»

Fred Astaire

 

«Almost nobody dances sober, unless they happen to be insane»

H.P. Lovecraft

 

«We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance»

Japanese Proverb

 

«Put a man and a girl on stage and there is already a story. Put a man and two girls, there’s already a plot»

George Balanchine



«Life isn’t choreographed. That’s why I fall down a lot»

Sacha Duncan

 

«Aren’t all ballets sexy? I think they should be. I can think of nothing more kinky than a prince chasing a swan around all night»

Sir Robert Murray Helpmann

 

«I got started dancing because I knew it was one way to meet girls»

Gene Kelly

 

«You’ll find your feet at the end of your legs… you may care to move them»

Rose Tyler Doctor Who

 

«When someone blunders, we say that he makes a misstep. Is it then not clear that all the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill our history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill in dancing»

Moliere

 

«In life as in dance: Grace glides on blistered feet»

Alice Abrams

 

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«A man who knows how to dance can make any woman feel good»

Barbara Haller

 

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«If their feet aren’t in the right place, at least their hearts are»

Christian M. Chensvold

 

«Nobody comes out of their mother’s womb doing cucarachas»

Donnie Burns

 

«If we danced and shared music, we’d be too busy en-joy-in’ life to start a war»

E.A. Bucchianeri

 

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«There is a bit of insanity in dancing, that does everybody a great deal of good»

Edwin Denby

 

«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

 

«When you are on stage you are having an affair with three thousand people»

Gelsey Kirkland

 

«Want to spend lots of time dancing with ladies? Impress them with how good they are!»

Gerald Cosby

 

«He who cannot dance puts the blame on the floor»

Hindu proverb

 

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«When life gets you down, improvise as if crawling was part of the choreography»

Iveta Cherneva

 

«Life’s a dance you learn as you go»

John Michael Montgomery



«No artist is ahead of his time. He is time. The others are just behind the times»

Martha Graham

 

«Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can»

Martha Graham

 

«No dancer can watch Fred Astaire and not know that we should have all been in another business»

Mikhail Baryshnikov

 

«Either you do the pirouette or you shoot yourself. One or the other, but something must happen»

Monet Robier

 

«Never trust spiritual leader who cannot dance»

Mr. Miyagi

 

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«Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist»

Pablo Picasso

 

«In couple dances, gentlemen, hold onto her like you like her»

Richard Duree

 

«Relationships are like a dance. People spend so much time trying to change their partner’s steps, and blaming them for treading on their toes. When they instead focus on changing their own steps, the dance changes anyway»

Tania Dally

 

«A lot of people insisted on a wall between modern dance and ballet. I’m beginning to think that walls are very unhealthy things»

Twyla Tharp

 

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«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

 

«Birds use their wings to fly, because they do not know how to dance»

Zeynep Okcu



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5 months ago Love of dance

Live, love, dance!

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«I would believe only in a God that knows how to dance»

Friedrich Nietzsche

 

«On with the dance! Let joy be unconfined»

Lord Byron

 

«Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room»

Mary Schmich

 

«Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn’t music»

William Stafford

 

«Dance till the stars come down from the rafters. Dance, Dance, Dance till you drop»

W.H. Auden

 

«I don’t want people who want to dance, I want people who have to dance»

George Balanchine

 

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«Shake it til the moon becomes the sun»

Rihanna

 

«We ought to dance with rapture that we might be alive… And part of the living, incarnate cosmos»

D.H. Lawrence

 


«Dance for yourself. If someone understands, good. If not, no matter. Go right on doing what interests you, and do it until it stops interesting you»

Louis Horst

 

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«Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order »

Samuel Beckett

 

«When I dance, I forget everything else and just feel completely happy»

Katherine Jenkins

 

«Opportunity dances with those already on the dance floor»

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

 

«Never give a sword to a man who can’t dance»

Confucius



«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

 

«If you can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution»

Emma Goldman

 

«We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once»

Friedrich Nietzsche

 

«Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free»

Jalaluddin Rumi

 

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«The universe lies before you on the floor, in the air, in the mysterious bodies of your dancers, in your mind. From this voyage no one returns poor or weary»

Agnes de Mille

 

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«The dance goes on forever. So shall I. So shall we»

Gelsey Kirkland

 

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«While I dance I can not judge, I can not hate, I can not separate myself from life. I can only be joyful and whole. This is why I dance»

Hans Bos

 

«I have discovered the dance. I have discovered the art which has been lost for two thousand years»

Isadora Duncan

 

«Opportunity dances with those who are already on the dance floor»

Jackson Browne

 

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«Any problem in the world can be solved by dancing»

James Brown

 

«You get obsessed by dancing because there seems to be no choice. Sometimes you are miserable, sometimes you are floating in elation. But you can’t leave it alone until the passion is spun out. If you are lucky you try not to hate it when you leave»

Lisa Rinehart




«You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive»

Merce Cunningham

 

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«I love the whole world of dance, because dancing is really the emotions through bodily movement. And however you feel, you just bring out the inner feeling through your mood»

Michael Jackson

 

«Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance»

Oprah Winfrey

 

«The main thing is dancing, and before it withers away from my body, I will keep dancing till the last moment, the last drop»

Rudolf Nureyev

 

«It is not a question of who dances but of who or what does not dance»

Ruth St. Denis

 

«God respects you when you work, but he loves you when you dance»

Sufi Saying

 

«As soon as I hear music, something in me starts to vibrate»

Suzanne Farrell

 

«How can we know the dancer from the dance?»

William Butler Yeats



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5 months ago Partnership

Dance, love and partnership

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«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

 

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«God match me with a good dancer»

William Shakespeare

 

«To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love»

Jane Austen

 

«Dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt. Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth»

William W. Purkey

 

«Bleeding feet will bond us»

Liza Minelli

 

«Never criticize your dance partner»

Brave Combo

 

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«Dance is life. Stillness is love. Together, they are everything»

Debbie Nargi-Brown

 

«When you are dancing with your partner, for that two and a half minutes, you are in love with each other. You’re corresponding with each other by the moves that you make. It’s a love affair, between you and your partner and the music. You feel the music, you feel your partner, she feels you and she feels the music. So there the three of you are together. You’ve got a triangle, you know. Which one do you love best?»

Frankie Manning

 

«You dance love, and you dance joy, and you dance dreams. And I know if I can make you smile by jumping over a couple of couches or running through a rainstorm, then I’ll be very glad to be a song and dance man»

Gene Kelly

 

«The opportunities for body-contact highlight how wonderfully non-politically correct dance is. It’s about display and seduction… And once you get into real dancing – partner dancing – you’ve got the added inequality of somebody having to follow»

Jasper Winn



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«The tango is the man and woman in search of each other. It is the search for an embrace, a way to be together, when the man feels that he is a male and the woman feels that she is female, without machismo. She likes to be led, he likes to lead. Disagreements may occur later or they may not. When that moment comes, it is important to have a positive and productive dialogue, fifty-fifty. The music arouses and torments, the dance is the coupling of two people defenseless against the world and powerless to change things»

Juan Carlos Copes

 

«When a man and woman understand each other dancing, simply carrying the beat, dancing for three minutes to a music called tango, it’s the closest thing to sex – but sensual rather than erotic»

Juan Carlos Copes

 

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«I become the stars and the moon. I become the lover and the beloved. I become the victor and the vanquished. I become the master and the slave. I become the singer and the song. I become the knower and the known. I keep on dancing then it is the eternal dance or creation. The creator and creation merge into one wholeness of joy. I keep on dancing…and dancing…and dancing. Until there is only…the dance»

Michael Jackson



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5 months ago Dancing is...

Dancing is…

«To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful.. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking»

Agnes De Mille

 

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«Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body»

Martha Graham

 

«Dance isn’t something that can be explained in words. It has to be danced»

Paige Arden

 

«The dance is over, the applause subsided, but the joy and feeling will stay with you forever»

W.M. Tory

 

«Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire»

George Bernard Shaw

 

«Dancing faces you towards Heaven, whichever direction you turn»

Terri Guillemets

 

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«Dancing is silent poetry»

Simonides

 

«Dancing is like dreaming with your feet!»

Constanze

 

«To dance is to reach for a word that doesn’t exist, To sing the heartsong of a thousand generations, To feel the meaning of a moment in time»

Beth Jones

 

«Dancers are the messengers of the gods»

Martha Graham

 

«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 see dance being used as communication between body and soul, to express what is too deep to find for words»

Ruth St. Denis

 

«Talk about dance? Dance is not something to talk about. Dance is to dance»

Peter St. James

 

«Dancers are instruments, like a piano the choreographer plays»

George Balanchine

 


«There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them»

Vicki Baum

 

«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 can reveal all the mystery that music conceals»

Charles Baudelaire

 

«Dancing is the poetry of the foot»

John Dryden

 

«Dancing is just discovery, discovery, discovery»

Martha Graham

 

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

Martha Graham

 

«Dance is a song of the body. Either of joy or pain»

Martha Graham



«The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word»

Mata Hari

 


«Dance is the hidden language of the soul»

Martha Graham

 

«Dancing is the world’s favorite metaphor»

Kristy Nilsson

 

«Dance is the only art of which we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made»

Ted Shawn

 

«Dancing is moving to the music without stepping on anyone’s toes, pretty much the same as life»

Robert Brault

 

«To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak»

Indian Proverb

 

«The dance: a minimum of explanation, a minimum of anecdotes, and a maximum of sensations»

Maurice Bjart

 

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«Dance is like life, it exists as you’re flitting through it, and when it’s over, it’s done»

Jerome Robbins

 

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«The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music, and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable. Dancing is poetry with arms and legs»

Charles Baudelaire

 

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«Every dance is a kind of fever chart, a graph of the heart»

Martha Graham

 

«The truest expression of a people is in its dance and in its music. Bodies never lie»

Agnes de Mille

 

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«To touch, to move, to inspire. This is the true gift of dance»

Aubrey Lynch

 

«When a body moves, it’s the most revealing thing. Dance for me a minute, and I’ll tell you who you are»

Mikhail Baryshnikov

 

«Classical dancing is like being a mother: if you’ve never done it, you can’t imagine how hard it is»

Harriet Cavalli

 

«Football isn’t a contact sport, it’s a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport»

Vince Lombardi



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«Dance constitutes a true recapturing of freedom and childish play»

Agnes de Mille

 

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«When I dance I am really meditating rather then performing for an audience. I am completely absorbed by the music and the steps. I choose to respond to the music»

Agnes de Mille

 

«Ballet is a dance executed by the human soul»

Alexander Pushkin

 

«In a society that worships love, freedom and beauty, dance is sacred, it is a prayer for the future, a remembrance of the past and a joyful exclamation of thanks for the present»

Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

 

«Dancing almost always turns out to be a good idea»

Anne Lamott

 

«To dance is to reach for a word that doesn’t exist, to sing the heartsong of a thousand generations, to feel the meaning of a moment in time»

Beth Jones

 

«Dance, in its broadest sense, is a physical acknowledgment of the rhythm of the universe and of our own lives»

Carol Roan

 

«Dancing is poetry with arms and legs»

Charles Baudelaire

 

«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

 

«Dance – an art form. The body – an instrument. Learn to play the instrument and master the art form»

Debbie Dee

 

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«Dancing is like breathing…once you start you can never stop, your heart won’t let you»

Dolly Schumacher James

 

«There are times when the simple dignity of movement can fulfill the function of a volume of words»

Doris Humphrey

 

«To dance is to give oneself up to the rhythms of all life»

Maya V. Patel

 

«The dance instills in you something that sets you apart. Something heroic and remote»

Edgar Degas

 

«What’s so wonderful about ballet is that it’s mind-driven physicality. It’s almost a Greek ideal of body, mind, and form»

Edward Villella

 

«Ballet is the one form of theater where nobody speaks a foolish word all evening nobody on the stage at least»

Edwin Denby

 

«You don’t have to know about ballet to enjoy it, all you have to do is look at it»

Edwin Denby

 

«If life is a dance, then friends are the music»

Eva Gregory

 

«Ballet dancing is arduous, strenuous activity. Students are engaged in physical training that rivals the training Olympic athletes undergo. At the same time, they strive for physical perfection not for the prowess alone but as a way of achieving the means necessary to express the pure nature of their art»

George Balanchine

 

«Dance is music made visible»

George Balanchine

 

«It’s like the time capsule with everything in it. Or like the seed that when you plant it, becomes the enormous tree with leaves and fruit. Everybody was in that little seed, and so everything can open. The tree of dance is like that. It just takes a long, long time to blossom»

George Balanchine

 

«The way people move is their autobiography in motion»

Gerry Spence



«The aesthetic pleasure of dance is a secondary reflection of the primary, vital joy of courtship»

Havelock Ellis

 

«Dance is the movement of the universe concentrated in an individual»

Isadora Duncan

 

«Dancing: the highest intelligence in the freest body»

Isadora Duncan

 

«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

 

«The Dance – it is the rhythm of all that dies in order to live again, it is the eternal rising of the sun»

Isadora Duncan

 

«To dance is to live. What I want is a school of life»

Isadora Duncan

 

«A fine picture is but the image of nature, a finished ballet is nature herself»

Jean George Noverre

 

«Dance is your pulse, your heartbeat, your breathing. It’s the rhythm of your life. It’s the expression in time and movement, in happiness, joy, sadness and envy»

Jaques D’ambroise

 

«Dancing is all about wordless communication – a light pull on a shoulder, a step forward and a shift of weight, a shared understanding of the music and how it moves bodies»

Jasper Winn

 

«It is shameful that dancing should renounce the empire it might assert over the mind and only endeavor to please the sight»

Jean George Noverre

 

«Ballet class is like Life Lessons 101. You learn some of life’s most important lessons here that you will carry with you forever»

Joanne H. Morscher

 

«Dancing is my wife, my woman»

Joaquin Cortés

 

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«Dance training is life training»

Joe Tremaine

 

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«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

 

«Music is the language of the soul, dance is the language of the body. Body and soul, music and dance conceive an instrument of expression through which the spirit communicates»

Maestro Hector Zaraspe

 

«Dancing is an amazing activity. You can go up to a gorgeous woman that you’ve never met before, spend three minutes touching her virtually anywhere on her body, and she thanks you for it afterwards!»

Mario Robau

 

«Dance is communication, and so the great challenge is to speak clearly, beautifully, and with inevitability»

Martha Graham

 

«Dancing is a very living art. It is essentially of the moment, although a very old art. A dancer’s art is lived while he is dancing. Nothing is left of his art except the pictures and the memories–when his dancing days are over»

Martha Graham

 

«Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts. For it is no mere translation or abstraction of life. It is life itself»

Martha Graham

 

«I feel that the essence of dance is the expression of man, the landscape of his soul. I hope that every dance I do reveals something of myself or some wonderful thing a human can be»

Martha Graham

 

«My dancing is not an attempt to interpret life in the literary sense. It is an affirmation of life through movement»

Martha Graham

 

«Nothing is more revealing than movement»

Martha Graham

 

«The next time you look into the mirror, just look at the way the ears rest next to the head, look at the way the hairline grows, think of all the little bones in your wrist. It is a miracle. And the dance is a celebration of that miracle»

Martha Graham

 

«Learning to walk sets you free. Learning to dance gives you the greatest freedom of all: to express with your whole self the person you are»

Melissa Hayden



«Dancing is a feeling expressed from the inside out»

Mia Michaels

 

«On many occasions when I am dancing I’ve felt touched by something sacred. In those moments, I felt my spirit soar and become one with everything that exists!»

Michael Jackson

 

«Ballet is not just movement, not simply abstract. It’s something beautiful. Sometimes there’s this feeling in the movement that makes me want to cry»

Nina Ananiashvili

 

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«Dance isn’t something that can be explained in words. It has to be danced»

Paige Arden

 

«Dance can give the inarticulate a voice»

Pamela Brown

 

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«Dance is nature. Listen to your heart, it dances with its own rhythm. The biggest thing that classical dance and music does to you is help attain balance between your mind and soul»

Pandit Birju Maharaj

 

«I found that dance was key to keeping depression out of my life. When you dance, things just go away, things don’t seem so bad. There’s no better way to take care of health through something as joyous and beautiful as dance»

Patrick Swayze

 

«There’s just something about dance… It’s like a primal thing in all of us»

Patrick Swayze

 

«Dancing is moving to the music without stepping on anyone’s toes, pretty much the same as life»

Robert Brault

 

«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

 

«Dance helps us dream bigger dreams and understand our connectedness. When we close our eyes and dream, we are all brothers»

Russell Clark

 

«It is this mission of the dancer to contribute to the betterment of all mankind»

Ruth St. Denis

 

«Dance is an art that imprints on the soul. It is with you every moment, it expresses itself in everything you do»

Shirley MacLaine

 

«Dancing’s just a conversation between two people. Talk to me»

Steven Rogers

 

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«Dance is an art. Paint your dream and follow it»

Steven Thompson

 

«Dance is just like film in that it allows for thoughts in movement»

Twyla Tharp

 

«Dancing is like breathing – missing a day doing either is very bad»

Vera Ellen

 

«The dance is over, the applause subsided but the joy and feeling will stay with you forever»

W. M. Tory



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5 months ago Mastery

Becoming a great dancer: Keys to mastery

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«The higher up you go, the more mistakes you are allowed. Right at the top, if you make enough of them, it’s considered to be your style»

Fred Astaire

 

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«The mirror is not you. The mirror is you looking at yourself»

George Balanchine

 

«I often say that in making dances I can make a world where I think things are done morally, done democratically, done honestly»

Twyla Tharp

 

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«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

 

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

George Borodin

 

«Music begins to atrophy when it departs too far from the dance»

Ezra Pound

 

«I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself»

Mikhail Baryshnikov

 

«Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion»

Martha Graham

 

«You do an electic celebration of a dance! First you do Fosse, Fosse Fosse! You do Martha Graham, Martha Graham, Martha Graham! Or Twyla, Twyla, Twyla! Or Michael Kidd, Michael Kidd, Michael Kidd! Or Madonna, Madonna, Madonna! But you keep it all inside»

Robin Williams

 

«You don’t enter a dance studio and say “I can’t do that.” If you do, then why are you in the studio in the first place? »

Judith Jamison

 

«I am a cloud – in trousers»

George Balanchine

 

«Dance is a physical and mental workout. Once you get your body moving, you’ll see a difference»

Kathryn McCormick



«I learned to act by watching Martha Graham dance, and I learned to dance by watching Charlie Chaplin act»

Louise Brooks

 

«Plié is the first thing you learn and the last thing you master»

Suzanne Farrell

 

«Ballet technique is arbitrary and very difficult. It never becomes easy… it becomes possible»

Agnes de Mille

 

«The effort involved in making a dancer’s body is so long and relentless, in many instances painful, the effort to maintain the technique so grueling that unless a certain satisfaction is derived from the disciplining and the punishing, the pace could not be maintained»

Agnes de Mille

 

«When you perform you are out of your self, larger and more potent, more beautiful. You are for minutes heroic. This is power. This is is glory on earth. And it is yours for the taking»

Agnes de Mille

 

«It is a temptation to exploit one’s technique because an audience is easily reached this way, but they cannot be moved by technique alone and to move an audience is the role of dance as an art»

Alla Ossipenko

 

«Choreography is mentally draining, but there’s a pleasure in getting in the studio with dancers and the music»

Alvin Ailey

 

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«God gives talent. Work transforms talent into genius»

Anna Pavlova

 

«Master technique and then forget about it and be natural»

Anna Pavlova

 

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«Perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add but when there is no longer anything to take away»

Antoine de Saint Exupéry

 

«Ballet is only good when it is great»

Arlene Croce

 

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«Good choreography fuses eye, ear and mind»

Arlene Croce

 

«Hold your hands out gently. Ask others to do the same. See how different each person looks. Each person has their own unique and natural beauty. Use this natural beauty when you dance. Respect your individuality»

Artemis Mourat

 

«Striving for a connection with the audience is essential because you are in the moment it is a give and take relationship. Catching someone’s eye during a performance makes it more special»

Aubrey Lynch



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«To touch, to move, to inspire. This is the true gift of dance»

Aubrey Lynch

 

«The journey between who you once were, and who you are now becoming, is where the dance of life really takes place»

Barbara De Angelis

 

«So many dancers rely on some sort of magic happening on the stage. They never, for various reasons, work full out in rehearsal. That’s very uncreative. They don’t discover the kinds of things that add up to a remarkable performance»

Benjamin Harkarvy

 

«The body is the source of amazing energy. This thing wants to live. It is a powerful engine. The brain (is) a reservoir of images, dreams, fears, associations, language. And its potential we can’t even begin to understand. Movement begins to negotiate the distance between the brain and the body and it can be surprising what we learn about each other»

Bill T. Jones

 

«Nothing happens in the body without happening in the brain first… dancing is 95% mental»

Bobby Boling

 

«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

 

«Glorious bouquets and storms of applause are the trimmings which every artist naturally enjoys. But to move an audience in such a role, to hear in the applause that unmistakable note which breaks through good theatre manners and comes from the heart, is to feel that you have won through to life itself. Such pleasure does not vanish with the fall of the curtain, but becomes part of one’s own life»

Dame Alice Markova

 

«The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one’s work seriously and taking oneself seriously. The first is imperative and the second disastrous»

Dame Margot Fonteyn

 

«When you fall, try it again… everyone falls the first time!»

Dave Dodson



«Technique is what you need to do to dance well, principally to make it feel good to your partner. Style is everything else you do when you dance, hopefully to make it look good to your partner, and your audience»

David Barker

 

«It’s not magic! It’s physics. The speed of the turn is what keeps you upright»

Deborah Bull

 

«Nothing so clearly and inevitably reveals the inner man than movement and gesture. It is quite possible, if one chooses, to conceal and dissimulate behind words or paintings or statues or other forms of human expression, but the moment you move you stand revealed, for good or ill, for what you are»

Doris Humphrey

 

«The dancer believes that his art has something to say which cannot be expressed in words or in any other way than by dancing… there are times when the simple dignity of movement can fulfill the function of a volume of words. There are movements which impinge upon the nerves with a strength that is incomparable, for movement has power to stir the senses and emotions, unique in itself. This is the dancer’s justification for being, and his reason for searching further for deeper aspects of his art»

Doris Humphrey

 

«I had to learn that slower is faster. If you practice every day with patience and correctness, you will get there. It’s like preparing for a jump. You can’t rush. You must summon the appropriate energy with split-second timing and have an understanding of purpose to get up in the air. It requires training, confidence and mental effort. You can’t have a vocabulary without the alphabet»

Edward Villella

 

«Dance every performance as if it were your last»

Erik Bruhn

 

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«Do it big, do it right, and do it with style»

Fred Astaire

 

«I have no desire to prove anything by dancing. I have never used it as an outlet or a means of expressing myself»

Fred Astaire

 

«If the dance is right, there shouldn’t be a single superfluous movement»

Fred Astaire

 

«Some people seem to think that good dancers are born, but all the good dancers I have known are taught or trained»

Fred Astaire

 

«This search for what you want is like tracking something that doesn’t want to be tracked. It takes time to get a dance right, to create something memorable»

Fred Astaire

 

«Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire»

Fred Sero

 

«I danced with passion to spite the music»

Gelsey Kirkland

 

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

George Balanchine

 

«Do you want to be a poet of gesture or do you want to be a physical entity? »

George Balanchine

 

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«Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance»

Dave Barry

 

«First comes the sweat. Then comes the beauty if you’re very lucky and have said your prayers»

George Balanchine

 

«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

 

«I could never make a ballet by wrinkling my brow and concentrating. If you set out deliberately to make a masterpiece, how will you ever get it finished?»

George Balanchine

 

«I don’t want dancers who want to dance. I want dancers who have to dance»

George Balanchine

 

«One is born to be a dancer. No teacher can work miracles, nor will years of training make a good dancer of an untalented pupil. One may be able to acquire a certain technical facility, but no one can ever ‘acquire an exceptional talent.’ I have never prided myself on having an unusually gifted pupil. A Pavlova is no one’s pupil but God’s»

George Balanchine



«The choreographer and the dancer must remember that they reach the audience through the eye. It’s the illusion created which convinces the audience, much as it is with the work of a magician»

George Balanchine

 

«I’m dancing to the music of the madness inside me»

George C. Wolfe

 

«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

 

«It always takes two. There’s the speaker and the listener, you and the audience. You’ve worked long hours and it comes down to that moment, that performance. The goal isn’t just to improve yourself, but to transport people»

Gillian Murphy

 

«Some dancers dream about successful careers…and some dancers wake up and do the hard work that’s necessary to achieve them»

Grover Dale

 

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«Dances without purpose have false starts and stops»

Hanya Holm

 

«Long experience has taught me that the crux of my fortunes is whether I can radiate good will toward my audience. There is only one way to do it and that is to feel it. You can fool the eyes and minds of the audience, but you cannot fool their hearts»

Howard Thurston

 

«There are two basic elements to classical ballet. They are quality and quantity. Quantity is how much a dancer can physically do… the element that gives an artist the freedom to concentrate on quality, while quality is how he or she does it…quality of movement… the most difficult phase… requires long and arduous training»

Igor Schwezoff

 

«A dancer, if she is great, can give to the people something that they can carry with them forever. They can never forget it, and it has changed them, though they may never know it»

Isadora Duncan

 

«Every movement that can be danced on the seashore without being in harmony with the rhythm of the waves, every movement that can be danced in the forest without being in harmony with the swaying of the branches, every movement that one can dance… in the sunshine, in the open country, without being in harmony with the life and the solitude of the landscape – every such movement is false, in that it is out of tune in the midst of nature’s harmonious lines. That is why the dancer should above all else choose movements that express the strength, health, nobility, ease and serenity of living things»

Isadora Duncan

 

«I am seeking that dance which might be the divine expression of the human spirit through the medium of the body’s movement»

Isadora Duncan

 

«If we seek the real source of the dance, if we go to nature, we find that the dance of the future is the dance of the past, the dance of eternity, and has been and always will be the same… The movement of waves, of winds, of the earth is ever the same lasting harmony»

Isadora Duncan



«It has taken me years of struggle, hard work and research to learn to make one simple gesture, and I know enough about the art of writing to realize that it would take as many years of concentrated effort to write one simple, beautiful sentence»

Isadora Duncan

 

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«Let us first teach little children to breathe, to vibrate, to feel, and to become one with the general harmony and movement of nature. Let us first produce a beautiful human being, a dancing child»

Isadora Duncan

 

«My art is just an effort to express the truth of my being in gesture and movement. It has taken me long years to find even one absolutely true movement»

Isadora Duncan

 

«Perhaps he was a bit different from other people, but what really sympathetic person is not a little mad?»

Isadora Duncan

 

«The dancer of the future will be one whose body and soul have grown so harmoniously together that the natural language of the soul will have become the movement of the body»

Isadora Duncan

 

«The only dance masters I could have were Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Walt Whitman and Nietzsche»

Isadora Duncan

 

«The real American type can never be a ballet dancer. The legs are too long, the body too supple and the spirit too free for this school of affected grace and toe walking»

Isadora Duncan

 

«To express what is the most moral, healthful and beautiful in art this is the mission of the dancer, and to this I dedicate my life»

Isadora Duncan

 

«Do the steps that you’ve been shown, by everyone you’ve ever known, until the dance becomes your very own»

Jackson Brown

 

«Enjoy the process of learning to dance. The process of our profession, and not its final achievement, is the heart and soul of dance»

Jacques d’Amboise

 

«The better dancers get, the crazier they are. Or free, if you don’t like crazy»

James Waring

 

«Every teacher will tell you that you cannot dance classical technique with perfection, there is no such thing, there is no way. So you have to adapt the technique to your abilities or to your deficiencies. Learn to cheat!»

Jirí Kylián

 

«Correction does much, but encouragement does more. Encouragement after censure is as the sun after a shower»

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

«If you look at a dancer in silence, his or her body will be the music. If you turn the music on, that body will become an extension of what you’re hearing»

Judith Jamison

 

«You don’t enter a dance studio and say “I can’t do that.” If you do, then why are you in the studio in the first place?»

Judith Jamison

 

«The really great dancer is perhaps a rarer phenomenon than great musicians, painters or sculptors. This is because dance is a consummation of all these arts. The dancer, in addition to the qualities that pure dance demands, must be sensitive to and have an uncanny ear for music, must have a painter’s sensibility to the significant line, a sculptor’s approach to form, an architect’s vision of space and a trained actor’s responses to dramatic situations»

K. Subhas Chandran

 

«Bravura has nothing to do with technique. It’s all about timing and oozing life»

Kevin McKenzie



«I think most dancers would agree that the art of ballet chooses the dancer, not the other way around»

Kevin McKenzie

 

«It is not the movements that make a dance beautiful, it is the emotions that inspired the movement that make it beautiful»

Kristy Nilsson

 

«Technique – bodily control – must be mastered only because the body must not stand in the way of the soul’s expression»

La Meri

 

«After I perform, I hope the audience is excited, inspired, and taken away from their everyday grind or work. Perhaps even inspired enough to get up and dance themselves»

Lenore Pavlakos

 

«The dance, more than any other art, lives through the genius of its interpreters»

Lillian Moore

 

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«Dance for yourself. If someone understands, good. If not, no matter»

Louis Horst

 

«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

 

«Discipline is the mother of the art. Discipline is not militaristic, the dancer must be relaxed»

Maestro Hector Zaraspe

 

«A choreographic idea flows only as fast as the initiator can communicate it to bodies and see them realize it»

Marcia B. Siegal

 

«It is more important who they are as people and only then is it important who they are as dancers»

Marcia Haydee

 

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«Movement without meaning is just exercise»

Marie Brooks

 

«Dance from your heart and love your music and the audience will love you in return»

Marie Tallchief

 

«The vocabulary and manner of classical ballet express a high order of discipline and restraint, a sense of harmony with forces larger and more lasting than the individual»

Marcia B. Siegal

 

«A dancer must listen to his body and pay homage to it. Behind the movement lies this terrible, driving passion, this necessity. I won’t settle for anything less»

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 appears glamorous, easy, delightful. But the path to paradise of the achievement is not easier than any other. There is fatigue so great that the body cries, even in its sleep. There are times of complete frustration, there are daily small deaths»

Martha Graham

 

«First we have to believe, and then we believe»

Martha Graham

 

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«Freedom to a dancer means discipline. That is what technique is for – liberation»

Martha Graham

 

«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

 

«I did not want to be a tree, a flower or a wave. In a dancer’s body, we as audience must see ourselves, not the imitated behavior of everyday actions, not the phenomenon of nature, not exotic creatures from another planet, but something of the miracle that is a human being»

Martha Graham

 

«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



«It is difficult to see the great dance effects as they happen, to see them accurately, catch them fast in memory. It is even more difficult to verbalize them for critical discussion. The particular essence of a performance, its human sweep of articulate rhythm in space and in time has no specific terminology to describe it by»

Martha Graham

 

«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

 

«It’s what I always wanted to do: to show the laughter, the fun – the joy of dance»

Martha Graham

 

«Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired»

Martha Graham

 

«Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired»

Martha Graham

 

«The spine is the tree of life. Respect it»

Martha Graham

 

«Theater is a verb before it is a noun..»

Martha Graham

 

«There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action and because there is only one of you in all of time this expression is unique. And if you block it it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it»

Martha Graham

 

«Think of the magic of that foot… upon which your whole weight rests. It’s a miracle and the dance…is a celebration of that miracle»

Martha Graham

 

«To learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same»

Martha Graham

 

«To me, this acquirement of nervous, physical, and emotional concentration is the one element possessed to the highest degree by the truly great dancers of the world. Its acquirement is the result of discipline, of energy in the deep sense. That is why there are so few great dancers»

Martha Graham

 

«We look at the dance to impart the sensation of living in an affirmation of life, to energize the spectator into keener awareness of the vigor, the mystery, the humor, the variety, and the wonder of life. This is the function of the American dance»

Martha Graham

 

«You will only get out of a dance class what you bring to it. Learn by practice»

Martha Graham

 

«I came to see that movement is one of the great laws of life. It is the primary medium of our aliveness, the flow of energy going on in us like a river all the time, awake or asleep, twenty-four hours a day. Our movement is our behavior, there is a direct connection between what we are like and how we move..»

Mary Whitehouse

 

«Be responsible, a good communicator, a good team player, while pursuing individual dreams, and understanding the pitfalls of being a perfectionist – a common characteristic among ballet staff and students around the world»

Mavis Staines

 

«The only weapon I had was my dancing. With that I fought like a general without an army. If I could have saved all the energy I wasted on my struggle, it would have sufficed me to cover a dozen ballets»

Maya Plisetskaya

 

«The only way to do it is to do it»

Merce Cunningham

 

«If you dance with your heart your body will follow»

Mia Michaels

 

«To live is to be musical, starting with the blood dancing in your veins. Everything living has a rhythm. Do you feel your music?»

Michael Jackson



«My goal in life is to give to the world what I was lucky to receive: the ecstasy of divine union through my music and my dance»

Michael Jackson

 

«The dance can be re-born with each song and in a different way by each couple»

Mike Corbett

 

«Dancers are made, not born»

Mikhail Baryshnikov

 

«I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself»

Mikhail Baryshnikov

 

«The problem is not making up the steps but deciding which ones to keep»

Mikhail Baryshnikov

 

«There comes a moment in a young artist’s life when he knows he has to bring something to the stage from within himself. He has to put in something in order to be able to take something»

Mikhail Baryshnikov

 

«Even today when I rehearse, I give it everything that I’ve got. If I’m in a performance and the lights go out, I glow in the dark. When you’re working before an audience, you have to make them feel like they can touch you. That’s the dancer within, reaching out»

Mitzi Gaynor

 

«Everyday there must be something I can’t do, otherwise it’s boring»

Monet Robier

 

«Dancers work and live from the inside. They drive themselves constantly producing a glow that lights not only themselves but audience after audience»

Murray Louis

 

«Most people think of ballet as children in little tutus. They don’t know it is sweat, blood and tears as well!»

Nan Keating

 

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«A real ballerina must fill her space with her own personality»

Natalia Makarova

 

«The more you understand the music, the easier you can dance»

Orlando Gutinez

 

«Dance has to unfold with the grace of a tree giving out leaves, flowers and then tiny fruit. Nothing so beautiful can be done in haste»

Pandit Birju Maharaj

 

«Good dancers awaken the joy in our hearts, we have seen them ablaze on stage, videos, on our streets, in the theaters, in our homes, schools and they have successfully ignited the love of dancing in our soul. At least, this is the major reason why dancers are born and made»

Paul Bamikole

 

«People in the audience, when they’ve watched the dance, should feel like they’ve accomplished something, that they’ve gone on a journey»

Paul Mercurio

 

«For a dancer, to be able to perform well, most of his waking hours must be devoted to preparing for the holy white instant of performance»

Paul Taylor

 

«So many dancers 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

 

«Awesome dancers have discovered the inner passion that transforms their movement into art»

Rhee Gold

 

«Poise is the finest point of balance it is possible to attain, both mentally and physically. The various parts of the physique having been adjusted truly to the centre of gravity, poise lifts the whole being to a point so delicate that it almost defies definition… Poise, the great law of equilibrium, is that second in infinity when action ceases and there is rest»

Ruby Ginner

 

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«Technique is what you fall back on when you run out of inspiration»

Rudolf Nureyev

 

«I have performed for thousands when they found me exotic, the vogue, daring, but I have danced, at any given time, for about ten people… They were the ones that left the theater forever different from the way they were when they came in. All of my long, long life, I have danced for those ten»

Ruth St. Denis

 

«I see dance being used as communication between body and soul, to express what it too deep, too fine for words»

Ruth St. Denis



«Our bodies are at once the receiving and transmitting stations for life itself. It is the highest wisdom to recognize this fact and train our bodies to render them sensitive and responsive to nature, art and religion»

Ruth St. Denis

 

«The real message of the dance opens up the vistas of life to all who have the urge to express beauty with no other instrument than their own bodies, with no apparatus and no dependence on anything other than space»

Ruth St. Denis

 

«We should realize in a vivid and revolutionary sense that we are not in our bodies but our bodies are in us»

Ruth St. Denis

 

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«What we hope ever to do with ease, we must first learn to do with diligence»

Samuel Johnson

 

«Even if you weren’t born with a genetically perfect body, you can take something like a hand, where everyone has the same capabilities, and you can make it speak. You can make it speak in many different ways»

Sarah Lamb

 

«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

 

«It takes an athlete to dance, but an artist to be a dancer»

Shanna LaFleur

 

«Then come the lights shining on you from above. You are a performer. You forget all you learned, the process of technique, the fear, the pain, you even forget who you are you become one with the music, the lights, indeed one with the dance»

Shirley Maclaine

 

«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

 

«The dancer, or dancers, must transform the stage for the audience as well as for themselves into an autonomous, complete, virtual realm, and all motions into a play of visible forces in unbroken, virtual time… Both space and time, as perceptible factors, disappear almost entirely in the dance illusion»

Susanne K. Langer

 

«Although we do come from a silent profession, it is important for us to verbalize what we want to say. (As I tell my students): you could love someone all your life, but if you never say it how are they going to know? There comes a point when you have to say what you mean, which makes you scream louder when you dance. »

Suzanne Farrel

 

«Dancers are a great breed of people. And they really want to do is dance so you don’t have to beg them to work. However, dancers sometimes build walls around themselves because they are presenting themselves all the time: dancing is very much a confession»

Suzanne Farrell

 

«The only way you can be different is to be yourself. If you don’t find your spirit and reveal it, you just look like every other dancer»

Suzanne Farrell

 

«When you are on stage you don’t see faces. The lights are in your eyes and you see just this black void out in front of you. And yet you know there is life out there, and you have to get your message across»

Suzanne Farrell

 

«I just know that when I go on stage, I give everything I have, not only my legs, not only my feet, not only my body. I try to tell a story. Sometimes I’m able to cry because I feel like it. Sometimes I’m able to love because I feel like it»

Sylvie Guillem

 

«Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard»

Tim Notke

 

«Persevere, don’t let someone tell you’re not good. This business is very subjective»

Tomas Schramek

 

«You have to believe there’s something at the other side. And you have to have faith in yourself. You have to think that you have the tools to accomplish it»

Twyla Tharp

 

«Our profession creates illusions. It is not a matter of having a perfect body, but of dancing in such a way as to look perfect»

Wilheim Burmann

 

«Practicing is not forced labor, it is a refined art that partakes of intuition, of inspiration, patience, elegance, clarity, balance, and above all, the search for ever greater joy in movement and expression»

Yehudi Menuhin



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