“I don’t want people who want to dance, I want people who have to dance.” - George Balanchine. Here are 42 Motivational Dance Quotes.

Dance Quotes

1. “Music is the universal language of mankind.” - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

2. The moon rose above the canopy and a dreamy mist swirled around our knees as we danced, fingers entwined and hearts in sync with the universe; just a prince and his princess, a boy and a girl, learning to love in a beautiful world.” - Aishabella Sheikh

3. “Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” - Confucius

4. “The first dance is the worst dance; the last dance is the best dance! All the roads of persistent practice lead to the Land of Perfection!” - Mehmet Murat ildan

5. “Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t.” - Johnny Depp

6. “They twirled and rocked, intertwined and separated, nearly leaning onto one another but barely touching, their movements sometimes tender, sometimes almost violent…Moments passed while the dancers held tight to each other, as though their bodies were melting together. The expression on their features as they lifted their faces to the sky was one of unimaginable joy.” - Hannah Fielding

7. “Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul.” - Johann Sebastian Bach

8. “Somebody just gave me a shower radio. Thanks a lot. Do you really want music in the shower? I guess there’s no better place to dance than a slick surface next to a glass door.” - Jerry Seinfeld

9. “To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.” - Osho

10. “Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” - Confucius

11. “Through synergy of intellect, artistry and grace came into existence the blessing of a dancer.” - Shah Asad Rizvi

Dance Quotes

12. “The musician has the most brothers, and the dancer the most sisters.” - Alexandra Chauran

13. “My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.” - Martin Luther

14. “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” - Alan W. Watts

15. “I skipped between the dancers, twirling my skirts. The seated, masked musicians didn’t look up at me as I leaped before them, dancing in place. No chains, no boundaries — just me and the music, dancing, and dancing.” - Sarah J. Maas

16. “Caution not spirit, let it roam wild; for in that natural state dance embraces divine frequency.” - Shah Asad Rizvi

17. “Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.” - George Eliot

18. “Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” - Voltaire

19. “Music is the great uniter. An incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common.” - Sarah Dessen

20. “People have asked me why I chose to be a dancer. I did not choose. I was chosen to be a dancer, and with that, you live all your life. „ - Martha Graham

21. “Dance is the timeless interpretation of life.” - Shah Asad Rizvi

22. “Music is an outburst of the soul.” - Frederick Delius

Dance Quotes

23. “Passion drove her deeper, into the abyss beneath his skin where she mapped his soul to the dance of his heartbeat…” - Virginia Alison

24. “If a man doesn’t know how to dance he doesn’t know how to make love, there I said it!” - Craig Ferguson

25. “Dance from your heart and let your passion shine through” - The Dance Mum

26. “Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.” - Kahlil Gibran

27. “Every dance you make belongs to you. It is part of your collection. When you think of it like that, you’ll want to make your next routine the best you’ve ever made!” - Torron-Lee Dewar

28. “Music… will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

29. “Dancing with a spinal cord injury is a challenge like no other, but I aspired to prove to myself that I could still be phenomenal dancer even with an SCI” - Sarah Todd Hammer

30. “Music once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.” - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

31. “Dance is the timeless interpretation of life.” - Shah Asad Rizvi

32. “Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are great because of their passion.” - Martha Graham

Dance Quotes

33. “Hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, they danced by the light of the moon.” - Edward Lear

34. “The job of feets is walking, but their hobby is dancing.” - Amit Kalantri

35. “We think to dance, and dance in thought. But to hibernate in the mind is to bring upon us an apocalypse of the Soul.” - Ilyas Kassam

36. “Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.” - George Bernard Shaw

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

38. “To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful… This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking” - Agnes De Mille

39. “Consciousness expresses itself through creation. This world we live in is the dance of the creator. Dancers come and go in the twinkling of an eye but the dance lives on. On many an occasion when I am dancing, I have felt touched by something sacred. In those moments, I felt my spirit soar and become one with everything that exists.” - Michael Jackson

40. “Those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” - Friedrich Nietzsche

41. “I feel that the essence of dance is the expression of man – the landscape of his soul. I hope that every dance I do reveals something of myself or some wonderful thing a human can be.” - Martha Graham

42. “Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.” - Oprah Winfrey

Best Dance Quotes

“Any kind of dancing is better than no dancing at all.” - Lynda Barr
“Dancing is creating a sculpture that is visible only for a moment.” - Erol Ozan
“Dancing is surely the most basic and relevant of all forms of expression. Nothing else can so effectively give outward form to an inner experience.” - Lyall Watson

Ian Warner

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