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Reading a reply by "Shulie" to another topic, I came across a great quote I hadn't heard before:


Plie is the first thing you learn and the last thing you master. -- Suzanna Farrell


I love collecting quotes like that. How about posting some of your favorites?

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I'm glad someone noticed my quote!


Here are some that are not necessarily dance, but can be related.

On Adult Ballet:

"Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study. Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life."

--Henry Doherty (1870 - 1939)


Here's a dance one:

"Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music."

--Angela Monet


For the dance parents:

"I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it."

--Harry S. Truman


and another dance one:

"You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing, and dance, and write poems, and suffer, and understand, for all that is life."


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"When you perform... you are out of yourself – larger and more potent, more beautiful. You are for minutes heroic. This is power. This is glory on earth. And it is yours nightly."


-Agnes de Mille

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My favorite quote is still "In life as a dance, grace glides on blistered feet." I am not sure who said it, but it's such a profound statement (and makes me feel better about having blistered feet :-) ) :shrug:

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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


Dance is movement, and movement is life*


When in doubt....dance!


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


Dance is not a form...its a way of life!


We should consider every day lost in which we do not Dance atleast once.


-"I see dance being used as communication between body and soul, to express what it too deep to find for words."


~*We can either make ourselves miserable, or make ourselves stronger...the amount of work is the same*~



For a ballerina, the pointe shoe is more then just a tool of trade, more than tradition, more then a costume. It is an extersion of her body, intimately related to her profession and her art. It is the essential tool that makes her dancing possible"


-~***You don't stop dancing from growing old, you grow old from stopping to dance.***~


The BeAuTy is not in never failing, but in rIsInG every time you Falll.*~


A Dancer-


"sings songs without a voice,


tells stories without words,


and moves others using only motion."


While I dance I cannot judge, I cannot hate, I cannot separate myself from life. I can only be joyful and whole. That is why I dance.


You can dance anywhere, even if it is only in your heart."





"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


Dancing with the feet is one thing...dancing with the heart is another


Dancers aren't made of their technique, but their passion."


omeone 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


Dance is the hidden language of the soul.


"Dance washes away from the soul the dust of everday life"


*Dancers are near to God. Into their souls he breathes his life, and from their hands it comes in fair, articulate forms to bless the world *


*Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape.*



"Life is a dance, from one stage to the next."


"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


Dancers work and live from the inside. They drive themselves constantly producing a glow that lights not only themselves but audience after audience." ~M. Louis


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


"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


To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak


Thos are all of mine.....some of them might be repeats but I am not sure. Hope you all enjoy them!




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I always liked this one that was on my school's former AD's stationery:


"Art is the signature of civilization"...Victor Hugo

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