With so many quotable lines about the beauty and art of dance, it may be difficult to choose just one for an entire year. Feel free to sprinkle these around your studio or on your social media pages and use them to inspire and encourage the dancers in your life.
The Heart of Dance
What is the purpose of dance, the driving force behind each step? I think we’d all agree that dance is more than simply going through the motions or mastering choreography. Then what, exactly, is it? These quotes get to the heart of dance.
“To touch, to move, to inspire. This is the true gift of dance.” Aubrey Lynch
“To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak.” Hopi Indian Saying
“People come to see beauty, and I dance to give it to them.” Judith Jamison
“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
“You know you’re dancing when tears of pain and happiness blend in with your sweat.” Anonymous
“When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.” Wayne Dyer
“I see dance being used as communication between body and soul, to express what it too deep to find for words.” Ruth St. Denis
A Dancer’s Identity
Is anyone who takes a dance class truly a dancer? Who is a dancer, really? This next set of quotes gets at the heart and soul of what it means to truly earn that title.
“I believe it is in my nature to dance by virtue of the beat of my heart, the pulse of my blood and the music in my mind.” Robert Fulghum
“Every time I dance, I’m trying to prove myself to myself.” Misty Copeland
“Technical perfection is insufficient. It is an orphan without the true soul of a dancer.” Sylvie Guillium
“When I dance, I forget everything else and just feel completely happy.” Katherine Jenkins
“I am dancing all the time. Every gesture, the body line of every pose, the way I get from place to place, the movement in the acting – none of it would be the way it is if I weren’t a dancer.” Ray Bolger
“The dancer’s body is simply the luminous manifestation of the soul.” Isadora Duncan
“I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.” Mikhail Baryshnikov
“When a body moves, it’s the most revealing thing. Dance for me a minute, and I’ll tell you who you are.” Mikhail Baryshnikov
“Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.” Martha Graham
“I dance. A lot. I work grief and sadness out of my body when I dance, and I bring in joy and rhythm.” Inga Muscio