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10 Quotes From Dancers & Choreographers To Inspire You

If you are like us, you are always looking for a little inspiration in life. Here are 10 quotes from some of our favorite dancers and choreographers.


Why are you stingy with yourselves? Why are you holding back? What are you saving for – for another time? There are not other timers. There is only now. Right now. – George Balanchine. 

If anything at all, perfection is not when there is nothing to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. – Maria Tallchief

To be who you are and become what you are capable of is the only goal worth living. – Alvin Ailey

Inspiration comes when you let go. – Yuan Yuan Tan

Do it big, do it right, and do it with style. – Fred Astaire

You can start late, look different, be uncertain, and still succeed. – Misty Copeland

Never give up. Don’t let good ideas be buried with you. Breathe it. Dream it. Live it and relentlessly pursue your ideas and ideals. Without them you cannot achieve anything meaningful in life. – Li Cunxin

The truest expression of a people is in its dance and in its music. Bodies never lie. – Agnes de Mille

We are never more truly and profoundly human than when we dance. – José Limón

If art is the bridge between what you see in your mind and what the world sees, then skill is how you build that bridge. – Twyla Tharp


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