The physical language of the body is so much more
powerful than words.
Great dancers are not great because of thier technique,
they are great because of thier passion.
Learning to walk set you free. Learning to dance gives you
the greatest freedom of all:
to express with your whole self
the person you are.
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.
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*
Dance till the stars come down from the rafters
Dance, Dance, Dance till you drop.
*W. H. Auden*
Dancing is the poetry of the foot.
Its what I always wanted to do, to show the laughter,
the fun the joy of dance.
Dancing is just discovery, discovery, discovery.
Dance is a song of the body. Either of joy or pain.
The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word.
Dance for yourself. If someone else understands, good. If not, no matter.
Go right on doing what interests you, and do it until it stops interesting you.
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.
You can dance anywhere, even if only in your heart.
Dance isn't just about fancy footwork. It requires grace, discipline,and major muscles.
Dance like nobody's looking.
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.
So many dances 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.
I do everything I know how in a dance.
Dancing should look easy; like an optical illusion.
It should seem effortless. When you do a difficult variation,
the audience is aware that it is demanding and that you have
the power and strength to do it. But in the end,
when you take your bow, you should look as if
you were saying, ‘Oh, it was nothing. I could do it again.’
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.
Dance is an art that imprints on the soul.
It is with you every moment, it expresses itself in
everything you do.
We should consider every day lost on which we have
not danced at least once.
*Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche*
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