- The dance, more than any other art, lives through the genius of its interpreters.
(Lilian Moore, "Artists of the dance")
- It is one thing to do your dance on a beach and quite another to collaborate intimately with the sand.
(Deborah Jowitt, "The Dance In Mind")
- Underwater, all islands connect.
- The world is a stage, and life is the dance there performed.
(Half Shakespeare, half Anon.)
- Art is hidden by its own perfection.
- We have come to consider the word technique applicable only to movements that are so showy as to approach acrobatics - leaps, turns, extensions.
(La Meri, "Total Education in Ethnic Dance")
- A king can be judged by the state of dance during his reign.
- It may be possible to do without dancing entirely. Instances have been known of young people passing many, many months successively without being at any ball of any description.
(Jane Austen, "Emma")
- How can we know the dancer from the dance?
(W.B. Yeats, Amongst School Cildren)
- A silent figure is the dancer, true
but still, words become dance, and all things there express'd.
Huge are the rhythms, which through us are press'd
to shape that ancient language of the man.
(André Bjerke, The Dancer)
- The desire of the heart are as crooked as corkscrews,
not to be born is the best for man;
The second best is a formal order,
the dance's pattern; dance while you can.
Dancing is a very crude attempt to get into the rhythm of life.
(Georg Bernhard Shaw, "Back to Metuselah")
Not to go back, is somewhat to advance,
and men must walk at least before they dance.
True ease in writing comes from art, not chance,
as those move easiest who have learn'd to dance.
A dance is measured pace, as a verse is measured speech.
Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, will you join the dance?
Music begins to atrophy when it parts too far from dance.
Dance is the only art of which we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made.