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Dance is the hidden language of the soul.

Our talent for unconscious entrainment lies at the core of dance, a confluence of movement, rhythm and gestural representation. By far the most synchronized group practice, dance demands a type of interpersonal coordination in space and time that is almost nonexistent in other social contexts.

STEVEN BROWN, Scientific American, Jul. 2008

Dance ... is life, or becomes it, in a way that other arts cannot attain. It is not in stone, or words or tones, but in our muscles. It is a formulation of their movements.


When you are on the dancefloor, there is nothing to do but dance.

UMBERTO ECO, The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana

The dance is four-dimensional art in that it moves concretely in both space and time. For the onlooker, it is an art largely of visual space combined with time. But for the dancer, and this is more important, the dance is more a muscular than a visual space rhythm, a muscular time, a muscular movement and balance. Dancing is not animated sculpture, it is kinesthetic.


Unlike music ... dance has a strong capacity for representation and imitation, which suggests that dance may have further served as an early form of language. Indeed, dance is the quintessential gesture language.

STEVEN BROWN, Scientific American, Jul. 2008

All dancing is now is standing in place and letting the devil of the music enter you.

JOHN UPDIKE, Rabbit is Rich

Never trust a man who can dance.

E. L. JAMES, Fifty Shades of Grey

You can't dance cheerfully. Dancing is too important. It can be wild or solemn or gay or lewd or art for art's sake, but it can't be cheerful.

REX STOUT, Champagne for One

On with the dance! let joy be unconfined;
No sleep till morn, when Youth and Pleasure meet
To chase the glowing hours with flying feet.

LORD BYRON, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.

FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, attributed, Dancing with Natasha

Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the dishevelled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame.

W. B. YEATS, The Land of Heart's Desire

They love dancing over-much who will dance among thorns.

CAPACELLI, attributed, Day's Collacon

Dance is the hidden language of the soul.

MARTHA GRAHAM, attributed, Martha Graham (Kessel)

You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive.

MERCE CUNNINGHAM, attributed, Dancing Lives

Dancing is the child of music and love.

A. FANDANGO, "Of Dancing"

I have no desire to prove anything by it. I have never used it as an outlet or a means of expressing myself. I just dance.

FRED ASTAIRE, Steps in Time

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.

Dance, when you're broken open. Dance, if you've torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you're perfectly free.

RUMI, attributed, Dancing with Joy: 99 Poems

The modern dance is no dance in the first place, and when you've finally learned it, it's not modern any more.

EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes

Dance, dance, as long as ye can, We must travel through life, but why make a dead march of it?

ELIZA COOK, "Dancing-Song," Eliza Cook's Journal

We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.


It's the heart afraid of breaking that never learns to dance.

XIAOLU GUO, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers

O body swayed to music, O brightening glance,
How can we know the dancer from the dance?

WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS, "Among School Children"

A dancer differeth from a madman only in length of time; one is mad so long as he liveth, the other while he danceth.

ALPHONSUS, attributed, Day's Collacon

To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.

JANE AUSTEN, Pride and Prejudice

We view dance as a marriage of the representational capacity of language and the rhythmicity of music. This interaction allows people not only to tell stories using their bodies but to do so while synchronizing their movements with others' in a way that fosters social cohesion.

STEVEN BROWN, Scientific American, Jul. 2008

Many children appear graceful enough until they begin to learn to dance.

S. T. COLERIDGE, attributed, Day's Collacon

Dance, dance, for the figure is easy
The tune is catching and will not stop
Dance till the stars come down from the rafters
Dance, dance, dance till you drop.

W. H. AUDEN, Selected Poems

You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching.

WILLIAM W. PURKEY, attributed, Poems of Life: Thoughts of Human Experiences

When you do dance, I wish you
A wave o' th' sea, that you might ever do
Nothing but that.


Dancing is an active motion of the body, which proceedeth from the lightness of the heart.

A. FANDANGO, "Of Dancing"

Dancing is the child of music and love.

Dancing can reveal all the mystery that music hides, and it has the further merit of being human and palpable. Dance is poetry with arms and legs, it's matter, gracious and terrible, animated and embellished by movement.


Dance, dance, every one;
The gnats round our heads dance in endless gyration;
The very worlds foot it away round the sun,
Keeping up the old figure first led by Creation.

ELIZA COOK, "Dancing-Song," Eliza Cook's Journal

Many a girl who can't dance well makes up for it during intermission.

EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes

Dancing [is] the poetry of the foot.

JOHN DRYDEN, The Rival Ladies

Not dancing well, I never danced at all--and how grievously has my heart ached when others where in the full enjoyment of that conversation which I had no right even to partake.

WALTER SAVAGE LANDOR, The Letters of Walter Savage Landor to Marguerite, Countess of Blessington

At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is.

T. S. ELIOT, The Four Quartets


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