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10 Powerful Quotes From Dancers, Choreographers, & Poets

Whether you are a dancer or a dance enthusiast, here are 10 more powerful quotes by world-renowned dancers, choreographers, and poets to add a little inspiration to your life!

Ballet Arizona company dancers. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.
Ballet Arizona company dancers. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.

“If I could tell you what it meant, there’d be no point in dancing it.” Isadora Duncan

“I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.” Mikhail Baryshnikov

“Dance is for everybody. I believe that the dance came from the people and that it should always be delivered back to the people.” Alvin Ailey

“The ballet needs to tell its own story in such a way it can be received without having to be translated into language.” Twyla Tharp

“Ballet is a dance executed by the human soul.” Alexander Pushkin

“The moment is everything. Don’t think about tomorrow; don’t think about yesterday: think about exactly what you’re doing right now and live it and dance it and breath it and be it.” Wendy Whelan

“Do a loony-goony dance, ‘cross the kitchen floor, put something silly in the world that ain’t been there before.” Shel Silverstein

“See the music, hear the dance.” George Balanchine

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul.” — Martha Graham

 “You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive.” — Merce Cunningham
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