Dancing Quotes (Quotable Inspiration for Dancers)

Dancing is art in motion! Check out our list of dancing quotes to get inspired and find your rhythm out on the dance floor…

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

Martha Graham

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”  

William W. Purkey

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

Friedrich Nietzsche 

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


“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.”  

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”  

Vivian Greene

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul”  

Martha Graham

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

Alan Wilson Watts

“Life is the dancer and you are the dance.”  

Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

“Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.”  

George Bernard Shaw

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

Oprah Winfrey 

“I always have to work hard to find a way to disconnect from the thinking until it becomes second nature to me because that’s where you find the best moments. Dancing is like that for me all the time. It makes me feel free.”

Jennifer Lopez

“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

“It’s the heart afraid of breaking that never learns to dance.”  

Xiaolu Guo, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers

“Work like you don’t need the money. Dance like no one is watching. And love like you’ve never been hurt.”  

Mark Twain

“A fine work of art – music, dance, painting, story – has the power to silence the chatter in the mind and lift us to another place.”  

Robert McKee, Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting

“In a society that worships love, freedom and beauty, dance is sacred. It is a prayer for the future, a remembrance of the past and a joyful exclamation of thanks for the present.”  

Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, The Shapeshifters: The Kiesha’ra of the Den of Shadows

“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.”

Michael Jackson

“To understand what I am saying, you have to believe that dance is something other than technique. We forget where the movements come from. They are born from life. When you create a new work, the point of departure must be contemporary life — not existing forms of dance.”  

Pina Bausch

“Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn’t music” 

William Stafford 

“Life is short and there will always be dirty dishes, so let’s dance.” 

James Howe, Totally Joe 

“Our biological rhythms are the symphony of the cosmos, music embedded deep within us to which we dance, even when we can’t name the tune.” 

Deepak Chopra 

“There is something so rewarding about dancing. It’s almost spiritual – you let loose, you feel free, you get endorphins from the exercise.”

Julianne Hough

“The problem is not making up the steps but deciding which ones to keep.”  

Mikhail Baryshnikov

“If you look at a dancer in silence, his or her body will be the music. If you turn the music on, that body will become an extension of what you’re hearing.”  

Judith Jamison, Dancing Spirit: An Autobiography

“Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone. Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.”  

Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

“The job of feets is walking, but their hobby is dancing.”  

Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

“Dancing is creating a sculpture that is visible only for a moment.”  

Erol Ozan

“You dance love, and you dance joy, and you dance dreams. And I know if I can make you smile by jumping over a couple of couches or running through a rainstorm, then I’ll be very glad to be a song and dance man.”  

Gene Kelly

“Dance is the place that you visit to remove any anxiety while moving to your favorite melody.”  

Shah Asad Rizvi, The Book of Dance

“Daily dance uplift the soul to spiritual realms.”

Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great Mind  

“When you can be still and still dance, you are a great dancer. When you can move and still be still, you are a greater dancer.”  

Donna Goddard, Purnima

“Dancing is a relief, but it can’t be everything. I am starting to realize this. I can close my eyes and will myself to stop thinking for three, maybe five minutes at a time. I can dance my way out of my head and into my body, where things briefly make sense, but which I always have to leave eventually. Relief never lasts forever. The world is always there, waiting for me with its relentless weirdness. I must always eventually come back. I must stand still. And it is in that stillness that the other parts of me return, the parts of me that intersect with and bump against the rest of the world. The parts that remember and feel.”  

Amy Reed, The Boy and Girl Who Broke the World

“The ultimate goal in life is to dance on the songs, you used to cry on.”  

Apoorv Sharma

“Slow or fast, no matter how you dance, as long as each step narrates the emotions of the heart.”  

Shah Asad Rizvi, The Book of Dance

“I finally found my rhythm when I realized that even the steps backward were part of the dance.” 

Melody Godfred, Self Love Poetry: For Thinkers and Feelers 

“Dancing is an innately spiritual affair. Its height is Divinity and its depth is humanity. It is the ever-moving balance between independence and intimacy.”  

Donna Goddard, Dance: A Spiritual Affair

“It is humanly impossible to be unhappy while you are dancing or laughing willingly.”  

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Dance is energy, it can speak many languages, you can play with it, it can tell you words, secrets, and stories.” 

Yervant Shallagian 

“We do not dance to reach a certain point on the floor, but simply to dance.”  

Alan Watts

“Real dancing happens in the heart. The body only follows. Otherwise it’s just movement.”  

A.D. Aliwat, In Limbo

“Dancing rouses all the slumbering ghosts in your mansion. Senses tingle, imagination darts, and passions flush your cheeks. Spellbound by rhythms and intricate geometries, your day to day worries vanish. You are totally present.”  

Stefan Freedman, Dance Wise

“Movement is the song of the body.”  

Vanda Scaravelli, Awakening the Spine

“Nothing is more revealing than movement. The body says what words cannot.”

Martha Graham

“Dancing transforms everything, demands everything, and judges no one.”  

Paulo Coelho, Hippie

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