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An inspirational dance quote can capture the intensity, the passion of the need to move—beautifully and with rhythm.

Movement never lies.
Martha Graham

Dancers are the
athletes of God.
Albert Einstein

To dance is to be
out of yourself.
more beautiful,
more powerful.
Agnes DeMille

Words can capture the joy, the sweep and the romance of dance, whether it's a tango or a folk dance, hip hop or ballet, or any of the hundreds of ways people have moved to music (or to none) since time began.

The names on the world's dance roster don't need an great dance quotations to define them: Balanchine, Martha Graham, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Baryshnikov, Alvin Ailey. From the day I took my first ballet class, these were the names that inspired me.

There are fewer inspirational dance quotes than there are for, say, baseball or fishing. That's probably because dancers prefer to do what they do best—communicate with movement instead of words. But I've found some great choices for our inspirational dance quote selection. Let them inspire YOU to move!

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The body says what words cannot.
Martha Graham

Dancing is the body made poetic.
Ernst Bacon

If you can walk, you can dance.
Zimbabwe saying

The choreographer and the dancer must remember that they reach the audience through the eye. It's the illusion created which convinces the audience, much as it is with the work of a magician
George Balanchine

I don't want people who want to dance; I want people who have to dance.
George Balanchine

The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word.
Mata Hari

I do not know what the spirit of a philosopher could more wish to be than a good dancer. For the dance is his ideal.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.
Kurt Vonnegut

A perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.
George Bernard Shaw

I wish I could shimmy like my sister Kate,
She shivers like the jelly on a plate.
Armand J. Piron from the popular song "Shimmy like Kate"

To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak
Hopi Indian Saying

Zorba, teach me to dance.
from "Zorba the Greek"

If you dance, you dance because you have to. Every dancer hurts, you know.
Katherine Dunham

Dance is about never-ending aspiration.
Judith Jamison

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

Just sit and open your eyes and open your heart. It's dance theater.
Mikhail Baryshnikov

What brought me to the theater, no matter you're a Jew or a Russian or Armenian or Latvian, are suddenly eliminated by stage light and one beautiful image of dance.
Mikhail Baryshnikov

What is dance? I am dancing all the time. Every gesture, the body line of every pose, the way I get from place to place, the movement in the acting-none of it would be the way it is if I weren't a dancer.
Ray Bolger

Though I soon became typecast in Hollywood as a gangster and hoodlum, I was originally a dancer, an Irish hoofer, trained in vaudeville tap dance. I always leapt at the opportunity to dance in films later on.
James Cagney

Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.

The only dance masters I could have were Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Walt Whitman and Nietzsche.
Isadora Duncan

And I think it was important that I learned to love to dance eventually for its own sake, as opposed to wanting to be a ballerina.
Suzanne Farrell

They're not particular about whether you're playing a flatted fifth or a ruptured 129th as long as they can dance to it.
Dizzy Gillespie

I had longed to be a butterfly, and I was one at last. I attended private parties in sumptuous evening dress, simpered and aired my graces like a born beau, and polkaed and schottisched with a step peculiar to myself—and the kangaroo.
Mark Twain in "Roughing It" (after he finally found employment in San Francisco)

Prayer does not use up artificial energy, doesn't burn up any fossil fuel, doesn't pollute. Neither does song, neither does love, neither does the dance.
Margaret Mead

I always, somehow, knew that I was going to dance.
Twyla Tharp

Finally, here's an inspirational dance quote you've probably heard. It speaks to all of us about the best way to live life:

Dance as if no one were watching,
Sing as if no one were listening,
And live every day as if it were you last.
Irish Proverb

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