Dance Motivational Quotes

Famous Dancers and Choreographers

The higher up you go, the more mistakes you are allowed. Right at the top, if you make enough of them, it's considered to be your style.
Fred Astaire


Feel the power of your legs, hear the orchestra playing, see the audience - anything to make the image more real. The image has to be specific. You cant just say to yourself, 'I'll do my best.' You have to have a mental blueprint of that role in your mind."
Dance Magazine columnist Linda Hamilton


Dancers Mental Training / Hypnosis  

Consciousness expresses itself through creation. This world we live in is the dance of the creator. Dancers come and go in the twinkling of an eye but the dance lives on. On many an occasion when I am dancing, I have felt touched by something sacred.In those moments, I felt my spirit soar and become one with everything that exists. 

I become the stars and the moon. I become the lover and the beloved. I become the victor and the vanquished. I become the master and the slave. I become the singer and the song. I become the knower and the known. I keep on dancing then it is the eternal dance or creation. The creator and creation merge into one wholeness of joy. I keep on dancing...and dancing...and dancing. Until there is only...the dance.
Michael Jackson


I felt that I didnt want to be in show business anymore. I felt that I wanted to be a farmer. I was milking cows and shoveling terrible stuff and working all day. By the end of the day, all I wanted was my tap shoes - I thought, 'What am I doing? I better get back where I belong on the stage where we work at night and can sleep late!
Gregory Hines


No dancer can watch Fred Astaire and not know that we all should have been in another business.
Mikhail Baryshnikov


Technique is what you fall back on when you run out of inspiration.
Rudolf Nureyev


This search for what you want is like tracking something that doesn't want to be tracked. It takes time to get a dance right, to create something memorable.
Fred Astaire


My mother told me I was dancing before I was born. She could feel my toes tapping wildly inside her for months.
Ginger Rogers


Rhythym is born in all of us. To be a desirable dancing partner you don`t have to do all the intricate fancy steps that happen to be in vogue. All you have to do is be a good average dancer and anybody who spends the time and effort can accomplish this.
Ginger Rogers


Whenever I hear, 'It cant be done,' I know I am close to success.
Michael Flatley

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To live is to be musical, starting with the blood dancing in your veins. Everything living has a rhythm. Do you feel your music?
Michael Jackson


Choreography is simpler than you think. Just go and do, and dont think so much about it. Just make something interesting.
George Balanchine choreographer


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


Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart is another.


Every time I dance I have a high. I mean every time I danced, it was the whole world was the stage and I was in control of it and there was a form and a ritual and yet it was spontaneous and life didnt matter after that of before
Jacques D'Amboise


Dancing is a sweat job.
Fred Astaire


I dont want dancers who want to dance. I want dancers who have to dance.
George Balanchine choreographer


Oh, God! That boy moves in a very exceptional way. That’s the greatest dancer of the century.
Fred Astaire watching a young Michael Jackson perform



When Ginger Rogers danced with Astaire, it was the only time in the movies when you looked at the man, not the woman.
Gene Kelly


I see the dance being used as a means of express what is too deep, too fine for words.
Ruth St. Denis


I'd studied dance in Chicago every summer end taught it all winter, and I was well-rounded. I wasn't worried about getting a job on Broadway. In fact, I got one the first week.
Gene Kelly


"When you are out of yourself - larger and more potent, more beautiful. You are for minutes heroic. This is power. This is gory on earth. And it is yours nightly.
Agnes de Mille


You can dance anywhere and you can dance in your mind, in your heart.
Jacques D'Amboise


The real reason I dance is because I want to explode.
Bill Evans


Dance is a song of the body. Either of joy or pain.
Martha Graham


There was simply from this quite early age the awareness that the only thing I wanted was to dance.
Rudolf Nureyev


"If you do what you have always done, you will get what you have always got"
Mark Twain