Describing dance is one of the hardest things in the world to do. But in the right hands, dance’s poetry has a singular power to inspire beautiful, memorable words.
Here are a few of my favorite dance quotes. They’re the sayings I look to on bad days, when I’m feeling depressed or stuck or unmotivated. And they never fail to pull me out of a slump.
What quotes would you add to the list?
“The truest expression of a people is in its dance and in its music. Bodies never lie.” -choreographer Agnes de Mille
“Dancers are the messengers of the gods.” -choreographer Martha Graham
“Dancing: the vertical expression of a horizontal desire legalized by music.” -writer George Bernard Shaw
“Dance is the only art of which we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made.” -choreographer Ted Shawn
“There is a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a great deal of good.” -dance critic Edwin Denby
“Dancers are instruments, like a piano the choreographer plays.” -choreographer George Balanchine
“To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful.” -Agnes de Mille
“Dancing can reveal all the mystery that music conceals.” -poet Charles Baudelaire