56 Dance Quotes That Will Delight And Inspire Your Students Dance Dreams

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It’s not always easy to find the right words, but inspiring dance quotes have a unique way of speaking for us. Whether you’re a studio owner looking for famous dance quotes to display around your studio, or a teacher in need of great dance quotes for Instagram captions, we can help. Studio Director is a company that is in tune with dancers and studio owners across the country. We know that dancers let their passion shine with daily dance, dance lessons, and practice. Here are the best dance quotes that will make you laugh or smile, while leaving you feeling inspired.

Short Dance Quotes

Short but sweet! The following short but inspiring dance quotes fit perfectly on branded materials, such as posters, programs, or merchandise. These are sure to make you want to dance in the rain or while doing dirty dishes.

1. “There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them.” — Vicki Baum

2. “Dancing is like dreaming with your feet!”  — Constanze Mozart

3. “The body says what words cannot.” — Martha Graham

4. “Dancing is the poetry of the foot.”  — John Dryden

5. “The job of feet is walking, but their hobby is dancing.” — Amit Kalantri

6. “The most essential thing in dance discipline is devotion.” — Merce Cunningham

7. “To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak.” — Indian Proverb

8. “Do it big, do it right, and do it with style.” — Fred Astaire

9. “He who cannot dance puts the blame on the floor.” — Hindu Proverb

10. “To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.” — Jane Austen

11. “Dancing is silent poetry.” — Simonides

12. “Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order.” — Samuel Beckett

13. “When you dance, you can enjoy the luxury of being you.” — Paulo Coelho

14. “Dance every performance as if it were your last.” — Erik Bruhn

15. “Dance for yourself. If someone understands, good. If not, no matter.” — Louis Horst

Famous Dance Quotes By Famous Dancers

Famous dancers have inspired us forever. From their mastery of the hidden language of slow dance, costumes wearing wild flowers, and gracing every dance floor. Dancers who came before us have paved the way for an incredible form of expression and let us dance for even just a single fleeting moment. Consider their experience and wisdom with these dance quotes by famous dancers. From the famous dance man Michael Jackson, to Lailah Gifty Akita, George Bernard Shaw, and Fred Astaire, here are quotes about dancing even when nobody’s watching. These famous dance quotes will be sure to inspire all your life and make anyone want to get up and dance.

16. “Dance is your pulse, your heartbeat, your breathing. It’s the rhythm of your life. It’s the expression in time and movement, in happiness, joy, sadness and envy.” — Jacques d’Amboise, American ballet dancer and choreographer

17. “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 fleeting moment when you feel alive. It is not for unsteady souls.” — Merce Cunningham, modern dance choreographer

18. “The truest expression of a people is in its dance and its music. Bodies never lie.”  — Agnes de Mille, American dancer and choreographer

19. “Dancers come and go in the twinkling of an eye, but the dance lives on.” — Michael Jackson, pop singer and dancer

20. “I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.”  — Mikhail Baryshnikov, Russian-American dancer and choreographer

21. “I may not be there yet, but I am closer than I was yesterday.”  — Misty Copeland, first African American female principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre

22. “Learn the craft of knowing how to open your heart and to turn on your creativity. There’s a light inside of you.” Judith Jamison, American dancer and choreographer

23. “Great artists are people who find the way to be themselves in their art.” Margot Fonteyn, English ballerina

24. “The moment is everything. Don’t think about tomorrow; don’t think about yesterday: think about exactly what you’re doing right now and live it and dance it and breath it and be it.” Wendy Whelan, American ballet dancer

25. “You were once wild here. Don’t let them tame you.” Isadora Duncan, American dancer known as the “Mother of Modern Dance”

26. “There’s nothing wrong with fear; the only mistake is to let it stop you in your tracks.” —  Twyla Tharp, dancer, choreographer, and author

27. “To follow, without halt, one aim: There’s the secret of success.” Anna Pavlova, Russian prima ballerina

28. “Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.” — Martha Graham, modern dancer and choreographer

29. “I have no desire to prove anything by dancing…I just dance.” — Fred Astaire, actor/dancer

Inspirational Dance Quotes

Some inspirational dance quotes really describe the way you love dancing, with an understanding of the hidden language all great dancers have mastered on the dance floor. Some make you want to get up and practice your craft, even if you’re just listening to the shower radio or to the simple strum of a flamenco guitar. These are some of the best quotes to invigorate your passion and make you want to get up and dance.

30. “Dance is art; paint your dream and follow it.” — Steven Thompson

31. “Dance enables you to find yourself and lose yourself at the same time.” — Unknown

32. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” — C.S. Lewis

33. “We can’t choose the music that life gives us, but we can choose how to dance to it.” — Unknown

34. “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

35. “The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music, and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable. Dancing is poetry with arms and legs.” — Charles Baudelaire

36. “Dancers are the athletes of God.” — Albert Einstein

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

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

39. “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

40. “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

41. “All I ever needed was the music and the mirror.” — A Chorus Line

42. “Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart is another.” — Unknown

43. “Even today when I rehearse, I give it everything that I’ve got.  If I’m in a performance and the lights go out, I glow in the dark.  When you’re working before an audience, you have to make them feel like they can touch you.  That’s the dancer within, reaching out.” — Mitzi Gaynor

44. “Follow your passion. Find that something that makes you want to work at it. Work hard. Nothing comes without hard work.” — Tomas Schramek

45. “I don’t want people who want to dance, I want people who have to dance.” — George Balanchine

Funny Dance Quotes

After a rough practice or a hard day, laughter is the best medicine! These dance quotes are good for a fun funky dance vibe or for free forms of dance that any dance teacher can share with her students.

46. “After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.” — Ann Richards

47. “Those who can’t dance say the music is no good.” — Jamaican Proverb

48. “Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but the living room…” — Kurt Vonnegut

49. “Dancing is like a shower: one wrong turn and you’re in hot water!” — Mad Magazine

50. “Dancing is like bank robbery. It takes split-second timing.” — Twyla Tharp

51. “We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.” — Japanese Proverb

52. “Bleeding feet will bond us.” — Liza Minelli

53. “Dance is a little insanity that does us all good.” — Edward Demby

54. “Dancing is like breathing — missing a day doing either is very bad.” — Vera Ellen

55. “Dancing is the art of getting your feet out of the way faster than your partner can step on them.” — Unknown

57 “Almost nobody dances sober, unless they happen to be insane.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero and H.P. Lovecraft

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How Does Dance Inspire You?

If you’re a studio owner or teacher, it’s your job to prepare the next generation of dancers! For those who are still preparing to open a studio, you’re probably already noticing how demanding the job will be. While it’s an honor and privilege, there’s always a lot to juggle. Even your worst dance plans can be improved with persistent practice and incorporating all dance forms into performances. Don’t have a single day lost focusing on anything but your passion, making the best dance with the best dancers and fostering dance love within your studio. Dance quotes can be a source of inspiration and motivation for dancers to get up and dance. Daily dance uplifts people and gives an avenue for self expression, dance is the hidden language of the soul.

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