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Here are Some of my Favorite Dance Quotations


"Dance for yourself.  If someone else understands, good.  If not, no matter.  Go right on doing what interests you, and do it until it stops interesting you."

Louis Horst


"When you are out of yourself- larger and more potent, more beautiful.  You are for minutes heroic.  This is power.  This is glory on earth."

Agnes De Mille


“To dance at all is to confront oneself.  It is the art of honesty.  You are completely exposed when you dance.  Your physical health is exposed.  Your self-image is exposed.  Your psychological health is exposed… It is impossible to dance out of the side of your mouth.  You tell the truth when you dance.  If you lie, you hurt yourself.”

Shirley Maclaine


“The small child at dancing class may never become a professional dancer- but the courtesies and disciplines, as well as the joy in movement, will touch her forever.”

Helen Thomson


“There is a fatigue so great that the body cries, even in its sleep.  There are times of complete frustrations; there are daily small deaths.”

Martha Graham


“Someone once said to me that dancers work as hard as policemen: always alert, always tense.  But you see, policemen don’t have to be beautiful at the same time!”

George Balanchine



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