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February 5, 2004.
as in dance: Grace glides on blistered feet.
something that can be explained in words; it has to be danced.
in the universe has rhythm. Everything dances.
I have no
desire to prove anything by dancing. I have never used it as an outlet
or a means of expressing myself. I just dance. I just put my feet in the
air and move them around.
rather dance as a ballerina, though faultily, than as a flawless clown.
the stars come down from the rafters
dancer's gestures are signs of things, and the dance called rational,
because it aptly signifies and displays something over and above the pleasure
of the senses.
I believe like virtue, must be its own reward. Those who are standing
by are usually thinking of something very different.
is a measured pace, as a verse is a measured speech.
music made visible.
the sweat. Then comes the beauty if you're very lucky and have said your
once said that dancers work just as hard as policeman, always alert, always
tense, but see, policeman don't have to be beautiful at the same time.
want people who want to dance, I want people who have to dance.
is not you. The mirror is you looking at yourself.
got anything to dance about until you're over thirty-five anyway.
of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.
I do not
try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than
can reveal all the mystery that music conceals.
short-cuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them.
Think later. It's the natural order.
execution of an adagio is the ne plus ultra of our art;
and I look on it as the touch-stone of the dancer.
not technique but a way of expression that comes more closely to the inner
language of man than any other.
When I dance,
I cannot judge, I cannot hate, I cannot separate myself from life. I can
only be joyful and whole, that is why I dance.
It is not
so much upon the number of exercises, as the care with which they are
done, that progreses and skill depend.
to act by watching Martha Graham dance, and I learned to dance by watching
Charlie Chaplin act.
is to be said for work compared to dance is that the latter is so much
thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing.
sings before it speaks, dances almost before it walks, music is with us
from the beginning.
give the inarticulate a voice
animal dances wildest on the edge of the grave.
performance as if it were your last.
as in art, the beautiful moves in curves.
the dance! Let joy be unconfined.
Kind are her answers,
off from England the nearer is to France--
dancing is like being a mother: if you've never done it, you can't imagine
how hard it is.
c'est le mouvement, et le mouvement, c'est la vie.
For hardly any man dances when sober, unless he is insane. Nor does he dance while alone, nor at a respectable and moderate party. Dancing is the final phase of a wild party with fancy decorations and a multitude of delights.
enim fere saltat sobrius, nisi insanit, neque in solitudine neque in convivio
moderato et honesto. tempestivi convivi, amoeni loci, multarum deliciarum
comes est extrema saltatio.]
to sing like you don't need the money,
is at once rational & healthful: it gives animal spirits; it is the natural
amusement of young people, & such it has been from the days of Moses.
no adequate conception of the perfection of the ancient tragic dance.
The pleasure which the greeks received from it had for its basis difference;
& the more unfit the vehicle, the more lively was the curiosity & intense
the delights at seeing the difficulty overcome.
graceful children are in general--before they learn to dance.
is like dreaming with your feet!
fuses eye, ear, and mind.
dancer. Knows nothing.
learn from one bird how to sing than to teach ten thousand stars how not
way to do it is to do it.
your pulse, your heartbeat, your breathing. It's the rhythym of your life.
Its the expression in time and movement, in happiness, joy, sadness and
So, I think
I would say, enjoy the process of learning to dance. The process of our
profession, and not its final achievement, is the heart and soul of dance.
is arbitrary and very difficult. It never becomes easy--it becomes possible.
is to be out of yourself, larger, more powerful, more beautiful. This
is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.
is a dandy attention getter, second only to screaming.
expression of a people is in its dance and in its music. Bodies never
a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a great deal of good.
have to know about ballet to enjoy it, all you have to do is look at it.
are fifty, you're neither young nor old; you're just uninteresting. When
you are sixty, and still dancing, you become something of a curiosity.
And boy! if you hit seventy, and can still get a foot off the ground,
I have performed
for thousands when they found me exotic, the vogue, daring, but I have
danced, at any given time, for about ten people.... They were the ones
that left the theater forever different from the way they were when they
came in. All of my long, long life, I have danced for those ten.
but a dance,
is the last word in life. In dancing one draws nearer to oneself.
is the poetry of the foot.
The Highest Intelligence in the Freest Body.
If I could
tell you what it meant, there would be no point in dancing it.
is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because
it is not mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself.
so important in the world. It needs no language. Our bodies speak a language
of its own.
and I had taken dancing lessons, although none of us would ever admit
it. In those depression days, a friend of my mother was trying to make
a living by teaching dancing in the evening, in an upstairs dance studio.
There was a back door to the place, and she arranged it so the young men
could come up through the back way without being seen.
just a conversation between two people. Talk to me.
are people who find ways to be themselves in their art. Any sort of pretension
induces mediocrity in art and life alike.
it when I danced it.
another word for magic, and the whole point of magic is that it is inexplicable.
important thing I have learnt over the years is the difference between
taking one's work seriously and taking oneself seriously. The first is
imperative and the second disastrous.
I have the
same opinion of dances that physicians have of mushrooms: the best of
them are good for nothing.
have mostly better heels than heads.
does much, but encouragement does more.
What kind of dancing does Martha Graham do?
are not great because of their technique; they are great because of their
I always wanted to do, to show the laughter, the fun the joy of dance.
the hidden language of the soul.
is just discovery, discovery, discovery.
never lies. It is a barometer telling the state of the soul's weather.
a song of the body. Either of joy or pain.
a dancer stands is holy ground.
communication, and so the great challenge is to speak clearly, beautifully,
and with inevitability.
is more revealing than movement.
to a dancer means discipline. That is what technique is for--liberation.
is the tree of life. Respect it.
perfection is insufficient. It is an orphan without the true soul of the
To me, boxing
is like a ballet, except there's no music, no choreography, and the dancers
hit each other.
is a poem of which each movement is a word.
to walk sets you free. Learning to dance gives you the greatest freedom
of all: to express your whole self, the person you are.
ballets sexy? I think they should be. I can think of nothing more kinky
than a prince chasing a swan around all night.
man has sorrow and grief in his soul, at once he forgets his dark thoughts
and remembers not his troubles. Such is the holy gift of Terpsichore.
So you can't
dance? Not at all? Not even one step? . . . How can you say that you've
taken any trouble to live when you won't even dance?
He who cannot
dance puts the blame on the floor.
yourself. If someone else understands, good. If not, no matter. Go right
on doing what interests you, and do it until it stops interesting you.
jesting, dancing, drinking
and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A
sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.
bigger than the physical body. Think bigger than that. When you extend
your arm, it doesn't stop at the end of your fingers, because you're dancing
bigger than that: your dancing spirit.
girls are nineteen years old.
enough that ev'ry Stander-by
Letters] teach the morals of a whore, and the manners of a dancing master.
hope ever to do with ease, we must first learn to do with diligence.
an athlete to dance, but an artist to be a dancer.
control--must be mastered only because the body must not stand in the
way of the soul's expression.
to dance with rapture that we might be alive...and part of the living,
on mince, and slices of quince,
isn't a contact sport; it's a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport.
an art that imprints on the soul. It is with you every moment, it expresses
itself in everything you do.
the lights shining on you from above. You are a performer. You forget
all you learned, the process of technique, the fear, the pain, you even
forget who you are you become one with the music, the lights, indeed one
with the dance.
ears must dance.
like dancing. Not all of us can be ballet dancers but all of us dance.
Everyone has a poet inside of him struggling to get out.
I saw in the fugitive beauty of a dancer's gesture a symbol of life. It
was achieved at the cost of unending effort but, with all the forces of
gravity against it, a fleeting poise in mid-air, a lovely attitude worthy
to be made immortal in a bas-relief, it was lost as soon as it was gained
and there remained no more than the memory of an exquisite emotion. So
life, lived variously and largely, becomes a work of art only when brought
to its beautiful conclusion and is reduced to nothingness in the moment
when it arrives at perfection.
girls dance all over; not only do their feet dance, but their arms, hands,
fingers, ay, their very eyes seem to dance in their heads.
Kelly] once told me dancing was a man's game, as much of a sport as baseball
itself. And he made us believe that. He changed our minds and suddenly,
all of America wanted to dance just like Gene Kelly.
danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the
Come & trip
it as ye go
ills of mankind,
is wonderful training for girls; it's the first way you learn to guess
what a man is going to do before he does it.
consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.
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, also his fine art; finally also the
only kind of piety he knows, his "divine service."
not believe in a God who does not dance.
in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education:
dancing with the feet, with ideas, with words, and, need I add that one
must also be able to dance with the pen?
dancing many maidens have been unmaidened, whereby I may say it is the
storehouse and nursery of bastardy.
music and dance create with accord...their magic captivates both the heart
and the mind.
is to give oneself up to the rhythms of all life.
and then forget about it and be natural.
is from the representation of things spoken by means of posture and gesture
that the whole of the art of dance has been elaborated.
well and to dance is to be well educated.
in writing comes from art, not chance,
must walk at least before they dance.
to atrophy when it departs too far from the dance.
a wave of a storm, a dancer's leap, never turn out to be as high as we
a dance executed by the human soul.
like life, it exists as you're flitting through it, and when it's over,
the courage to seem foolish and to fail.
If a thing
is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.
gestures of children are graceful; the reign of distortion and unnatural
attitudes commences with the introduction of the dancing master.
of running, walking on stilts, climbing, etc. stells and makes hardy single
powers and muscles, but dancing, like a corporeal poesy, embellishes,
exercises, and equalizes all the muscles at once.
I was a
ballerina. I had to quit after I injured a groin muscle. It wasn't mine.
I see dance
being used as communication between body and soul, to express what it
too deep to find for words.
dance? Dance is not something to talk about. Dance is to dance.
of us with real understanding, dancing is the only pure art form.
is to dance, to dance is to live.
O come ye
in peace here, or come ye in war,
never a merry world since the fairies left off dancing.
he dances, he has eyes of youth, he writes verses, he speaks holiday,
he smells April and May.
She is your
treasure, she must have a husband;
When you do dance, I wish you
wedding, and repenting, is as a Scotch jig, a measure, and a cinque-pace:
the first suit is hot and hasty, like a Scotch jig, and full as fantastical;
the wedding, mannerly modest as a measure, full of state and ancientry;
and then comes repentance, and with his bad legs, falls into the cinque-pace
faster and faster, till he sink into his grave.
the only art of which we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made.
an old clerk of Columbus
language and musicality are not simply effete traditions belonging to
the bygone upper classes. The vocabulary and manner of classical ballet
express a high order of discipline and restraint, a sense of harmony with
forces larger and more lasting than the individual.
is silent poetry.
she dances such a way!
of boobies think that people come to balls to do nothing but dance; whereas
everyone knows that the real business of a ball is either to look out
for a wife, to look after a wife, or to look after somebody else's wife.
have the roses heard
love dancing too much seem to have more brains in their feet than in their
is like bank robbery, it takes split second timing.
has seen the masked at a ball dance amicably together, and take hold of
hands without knowing each other, leaving the next moment to meet no more,
can form an idea of the world.
is an art because it is subject to rules.
Let us read
and let us dance--two amusements that will never do any harm to the world.
When I play
on my fiddle in Dooney
O body swayed
to music, O brightening glance,
A day I
don't dance is a day I don't live.
is like aerobics, only the music's better and you get to cuddle someone
most of the time!
In either the Apocrypha or the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jesus says: "Blessed are the dancers...." [ellipsis in original]
is a dance of quite too loose a character, and unmarried ladies should
refrain from it...very young married ladies may be allowed to waltz if
it is very seldom....
says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain.
toe shoe is one of the few instruments of torture to survive intact into
is the most fun you can have with your clothes on!
a delicate balance between perfection and beauty.
Do you know
why Baptists refuse to make love standing up?
if sex is as fun as dancing.
dance only for money and sex.
on thin ice you might as well be dancing.
the turning that hard in pirouettes, it's that you gotta keep on doin'
Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did, backwards and on high
learned to dance when he was 70 because he felt that an essential part
of himself had been neglected.
is simply the luminous manisfestation of the dancer's soul, natural but
not intiative speaking in movement out of himself, that which is greater
than all parts of the self.
practice makes perfect, but no one is perfect so why then practice?
about music is like dancing about architecture.
dance anywhere, even if only in your heart.
are a bellydancer's best friend.
not dancing, you're wasting your feet.