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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The truest expression of a people is in its dances and its music. Bodies
--Agnes De Mille Let that day be lost to us on which we did not dance once!
[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
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