“Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are great because of their passion.”
“Dance is the song of the body.”
“Where ever a dancer stands is holy ground.”
“Movement never lies. It is a barometer telling the state of the soul’s weather to all who can read it.”
― Martha Graham
“I don’t want people who want to dance, I want people who have to dance. ”
“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
“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.”
― Twyla Tharp
“Technical perfection is insufficient. It is an orphan without the true soul of a dancer.”
– Sylvie Guillium
“Real men don’t lift weights, they lift women.”
― Every male ballet dancer
“Lermontov: Why do you want to dance?
Vicky: Why do you want to live?
Lermontov: Well, I don’t know exactly why, but… I must.
Vicky: That’s my answer too.”
― The Red Shoes
“If I can not dance, I shall die!”
“I danced from the moment I could stand.”
– Anna Pavlova
Ballet technique is arbitrary and very difficult. It never becomes easy–it becomes possible. 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
The most essential thing in dance discipline is devotion, the steadfast and willing devotion to the labor that makes the classwork not a gymnastic hour and a half, or at the lowest level, a daily drudgery, but a devotion that allows the classroom discipline to become moments of dancing too…
– Merce Cunningham