Michael A. Posner's Page of Dance Quotes

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To dance, above all, is to enter into the motions of life. It is an action, a movement, a process. The dance of life is not so much a metaphor as a fact; to dance is to know oneself alone and to celebrate it.
--Sherman Paul

Dance is not an answer. Dance is a question. "Yes!" is the answer.

All the ills of mankind,
all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books,
all the political blunders,
all the failures of the great leaders
have arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing.

I would believe only in a God that knows how to Dance.

Dance is the landscape of a man's [person's] soul.

When the going gets tough, the tough go dancing!

What is a fine person or a beauteous face,
Unless deportment give them decent grace;
Blessed with all other requisites to please,
To want the striking elegance of ease;
Awkward, embarrassed, stiff, without the skill
Of moving gracefully, or standing still.
--Winston Churchill

Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life; IT IS LIFE ITSELF.
--Havelock Ellis

He: "Can I have the last dance with you?"
She: "You are having it!"

A man who dances has his choice of romances

You don't stop dancing from growing old, you grow old from stopping to dance.

Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.
--Kurt Vonnegut

by Donna Pardi

The magic of the Rumba
Is subtly enticing

Like a siren on a mountain
She calls to you, woos you
Like a mermaid in the ocean
She lures you, pulls you

Until you can't resist her softness
Her sweetness, her music
And you're captured in her beauty
Her charms are all through you

Slowly, gently she has teken you
Enamored you, entranced you
And you're moving in her rhythm
You think it, you breathe it

And soon you have become it
Her magic's transformed you

If we could only keep her spirit
Inside us, recall it
We could move through life
With ease, and with grace
And with love in our hearts

A Christmas Carol
Twas the night before Christmas and all through the hall
Everything was now ready for old St. Nick's Ball

The bunting was hung by the bandstand with care
In hopes that Duke Ellington soon would be there

My wife in her diamonds and I in my tux
Had just stepped out of our limo deluxe

When from out of the hall the band's tuning I heard
So I hurried us in without one more word

The band was now playing a waltz in strict time
With everyone doing correct fall and climb

A foxtrot next was the bandleader's pick
So everyone started out slow slow quick quick

Of course at all times to leave nothing to chance
All couples observed a strict line of dance

But when West Coast Swing everyone started to hear
They asked each other "Can they DO that here?"

When the band finally stopped and the music had faded
Among the revelers embraces were traded

And I heard them exclaim as danced out of sight
"Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!"

[Ballroom Dancing] just gets more exciting the more you know about it, which is why you have to do well at school so you can spend the rest of your life supporting your habit. Just don't plan to marry anyone who dislikes dancing; it'll probably win in the end!!
--Kay Teague, Youth College Network Coordinator

When a man and woman understand each other dancing, simply carrying the beat, dancing for three minutes to a music called tango, it's the closest thing to an orgasm but sensual rather than erotic.
--Juan Carlos Copes, Star of the 1985 Broadway hit, Tango Argentino

Some people march to a different drummer...and some people polka.
--Los Angeles Times Syndicate

Other music exists to heal wounds; but the tango when sung and played is for the purpose of opening them, for the purpose of sticking you finger in the wound and to tear them until they bleed.

Dance!...the vertical expression of a horizontal desire.
--George Bernard Shaw

If to dance is to dream, then you make dreams come true.
--Anonymous, contributed by Maureen Hickey

Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.
--Clive James

Dance as if no one is watching.
Sing as if no one is listening.
Love as if you have never been hurt.

Poetry is to prose as dancing is to walking.
--John Wain (no, not John Wayne)

Those move easiest who have learn'd to dance.
--Alexander Pope

Always the question for dancers is: Can we fly?
--Jean-Christophe Maillot, Ballet choreographer

I just put my feet in the ground and move them around.
--Fred Astaire

The truest expression of a people is in its dances and its music. Bodies never lie.
--Agnes De Mille Let that day be lost to us on which we did not dance once!
--Friedrich Nietzsche

[He] taught me the difference between technique--dancing in the classroom--and real dancing. Real dancing happens on the space of a stage and to be aware of that space--its flexibility, its rules, its relationship to the audience--was what he stressed. One goes out on stage with a well-prepared technique, a knowledge of how to present that technique in its most refined form. But beyond that, what counts is the ability to be free on the stage to dance...
I know now that style is what gives blood and color to the bones of the piece, the technique.
--Barishnikov about his favorite teacher, Alexander Pushkin

To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak.
--Hopi Indian Saying

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