Famous quotes by Dancers


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"Any comic is a tragic soul. Comedy is one of the things that allows one to survive. Particularly if one has been in the process of separating off the emotions, it's one place you can process them"
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"The rewards of dancing are very different from choreographing"
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"Every dance is a kind of fever chart, a graph of the heart"
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"Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can"
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"First we have to believe, and then we believe"
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"Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men"
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"To me, a building - if it's beautiful - is the love of one man, he's made it out of his love for space, materials, things like that"
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"Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired"
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"Think of the magic of that foot, comparatively small, upon which your whole weight rests. It's a miracle, and the dance is a celebration of that miracle"
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"Theater is a verb before it is a noun, an act before it is a place"
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"The body says what words cannot"
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"Censorship is the height of vanity"
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"The body is your instrument in dance, but your art is outside that creature, the body"
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"The body is a sacred garment"
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"Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion"
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"You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost"
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"I did not want to be a tree, a flower or a wave. In a dancer's body, we as audience must see ourselves, not the imitated behavior of everyday actions, not the phenomenon of nature, not exotic creatures from another planet, but something of the miracle that is a human being"
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"'Age' is the acceptance of a term of years. But maturity is the glory of years"
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"We learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. One becomes in some area an athlete of God"
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"Nothing is more revealing than movement"
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"Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body"
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"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique"
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"To me, a building - if it's beautiful - is the love of one man, he's made it out of his love for space, materials, things like that"
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"No artist is ahead of his time. He is his time; it is just that others are behind the times"
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"Misery is a communicable disease"
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"I've always believed that the facts about dancing are more interesting than the myths, and this was a great chance for me to explore how the human body does such incredible things"
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"As you get older, the physical abilities decrease, which is particularly frustrating because your brain gets so good! So as you are becoming less technically or physically able, younger dancers are emerging who need the space to perform"
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"People often argue about this. Obviously one of the skills in performance is acting, and you can't expect every Romeo to really be in love with their Juliet!"
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