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Dance quotes and quotations

Others import yet nobler arts from France, Teach kings to fiddle, and make senates dance.
Alexander Pope

A good education is usually harmful to a dancer. A good calf is better than a good head.
Agnes George DeMille

I am bit sending messages with my feet. All I ever wanted was not to come up empty. I did it for the dough and the old applause.
Fred Astaire

I would not know what the spirit of a philosopher might wish more to be than a good dancer.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Come, knit hands, and beat the ground In a light fantastic round.
John Milton

An old cat will not learn how to dance.
Moroccan Proverb

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.
George Bernard Shaw

Imperial Waltz! imported from the Rhine (Famed for the growth of pedigrees and wine), Long be thine import from all duty free, And hock itself be less esteem'd than thee.
George Gordon Noel Byron

Almost nobody dances sober, unless they happen to be insane.
H. P. Lovecraft

My dancing days are done.
Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

A thousand hearts beat happily; and when Music arose with its voluptuous swell, Soft eyes look'd love to eyes which spake again, And all went merry as a marriage bell.
Lord Byron

Alike all ages: dames of ancient days Have led their children through the mirthful maze, And the gay grandsire, skill'd in gestic lore, Has frisk'd beneath the burden of threescore.
Oliver Goldsmith

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

If you dance, you dance because you have to. Every dancer hurts, you know.
Katherine Dunham

Dance is about never-ending aspiration.
Judith Jamison

Come and trip it as ye go, On the light fantastic toe.
John Milton

Hot from the hands promiscuously applied, Round the slight waist, or down the glowing side.
George Gordon Noel Byron

Ballet's image of perfection is fashioned amid a milieu of wracked bodies, fevered imaginations, Balkan intrigue and sulfurous hatreds where anything is likely, and dancers know it.
Shana Alexander

To brisk notes in cadence beating Glance their many-twinkling feet.
Thomas Gray

Dance is the hidden language of the soul.
Martha Graham

Dear creature!--you'd swear When her delicate feet in the dance twinkle round, That her steps are of light, that her home is the air, And she only par complaisance touches the ground.
Thomas Moore

No Sane man will dance.
George Gordon Noel Byron

On with dance, let joy be unconfined, is my motto; whether there's any dance to dance or any joy to unconfined.
Mark Twain

Dancing in the chequer'd shade.
John Milton

This dance of death which sounds so musically Was sure intended for the corpse de ballet.

Dance is the hidden language of the soul.
Martha Graham

If you can walk you can dance. If you can talk you can sing.
Zimbabwean Proverb

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

Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels.
Faith Whittlese

Merrily, merrily whirled the wheels of the dizzying dances Under the orchard-trees and down the path to the meadows; Old fold and young together, and children mingled among them.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

To shake your rump is to be environmentally aware.
David Byrne

And the dancing has begun now, And the dancers whirl round gaily In the waltz's giddy mazes, And the ground beneath them trembles.
Heinrich Heine

Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.
Oprah Winfrey

A poor dancer will be disturbed even by the hem of her skirt.
Polish Proverb

Twelve dancers are dancing, and taking no rest, And closely their hands together are press'd; And soon as a dance has come to a close, Another begins, and each merrily goes.
Heinrich Heine

On with the dance! let joy be unconfin'd; No sleep till morn, when Youth and Pleasure meet.
Lord Byron

The truest expression of a people is in its dances and its music. Bodies never lie.
Agnes George de Mille