Friday, August 22, 2008

Quotes on Dance!

Dancers on Dance

I'd rather dance than eat.

A tap dancer is really
a frustrated drummer.

What we are is God's gift to us.
What we become is our gift to God.

Eleanor Powell
The Queen of Tap Dance


What success I achieved in the theater is
due to the fact that I have always worked
just as hard when there were ten people in
the house as when there were thousands.
Just as hard in Springfield, Illinois as on Broadway.

Bill "Bojangles" Robinson
American Dancer/Actor


Dancing is a sweat job.

I have no desire to prove anything by dancing.
I have never used it as an outlet or a means of expressing myself.
I just dance. I just put my feet in the air and move them around.

The hardest job kids face today is learning
good manners without seeing any.

I'm just a hoofer with
a spare set of tails.

Fred Astaire
American Dancer/Actor


My mother told me I was
dancing before I was born.
She could feel my toes tapping
wildly inside her for months.

Ginger Rogers (1911-1995)

American Dancer/Actress


Remember, Ginger Rogers did everyting
that Fred Astaire did, except she
did it backwards and in high heels.

~ attributed to Faith Whittlesey

former US ambassador to Switzerland


Fred [Astaire] was a perfectionist. At
rehearsal when you thought you'd got
it perfect he would say, "Go on, Annie,
just one more time!" What I wouldn't
give to do it just one more time.

Ann Miller (1923-2004)
American Dancer/Actress


I never wanted to be a dancer.

It's true!
I wanted to be a

shortstop for the Pittsburg Pirates.

Gene Kelly (1912-1996)
American Dancer/Actor


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

Mihkail Baryshnikov (1948-?)


Master technique and then forget about it and be natural.

Anna Pavlova (1881-1931)
Classical Ballerina


Toe dancing is a dandy attention getter,
second only to screaming.

Agnes de Mille (1905–1993)


The body says what words cannot.

Martha Graham (1894-1994)
US dancer, choreographer


There are likewise three kinds of dancers:
first, those who consider dancing as a sort
of gymanstic drill, made up of impersonal
and graceful arabesques;
second, those who, by concentraing their
minds, lead the body into the rhythm of
a desired emotion, expressing a remembered
feeling or experience.
And finally, there are those who convert
the body into a luminous fluidity, surrendering
it to the inspiration of the soul.

Isadora Duncan (1877-1927), Dancer


Dancing is just discovery, discovery, discovery.

Martha Graham (1894-1994)
US dancer, choreographer


The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word.

Mata Hari (1876-1917)

dancer, World War I spy/double agent/espionage