Famous quotes by Dancers


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"The necessity to constantly turn in an excellent performance, to be absolutely wedded to this dedication and this ideal means that as a child you're going to pay for it personally"
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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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"Every dance is a kind of fever chart, a graph of the heart"
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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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"Young dancers are training at a very vulnerable time in their lives, through adolescence, and while they are trying to work out who they are as people, never mind as a dancer. So train the whole person, not just the dancer"
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"I think the shape of our bodies has as much to do with the shape of our parents as it does with training"
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"I always recommend a sensible diet, including lots of carbohydrates and avoiding too much fat. Dancers don't need different fuel from other people - they just need more of it because they use more energy"
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