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Dance has the power to inspire… as do words!
The following is a selection of quotes relating to dance, from some highly notable people, many of whom were celebrated for their ability to use words!
“There are short-cuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them”
Hedwig (Vicki) Baum, Austrian writer (24th January 1888 – 29th August 1960)
“Poetry is to prose as dancing is to walking”
John Wain, English poet and novelist (14th March 1925 – 24 May 1994)
“Let us read and let us dance – two amusements that will never do any harm to the world”
Voltaire, French writer and philosopher (21st November 1694 – 30th May 1778)
“Dancing is the poetry of the foot”
John Dryden, English poet and playwright (9th August 1631 – 1st May 1700)
“We ought to dance with rapture that we might be alive… and part of the living, incarnate cosmos”
D.H. Lawrence, English novelist and poet (11th September 1885 – 2nd March 1930)
“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, German philosopher, poet and composer (15th October 1844 – 25th August 1900)
“Dance is the hidden language of the soul”
Martha Graham, American modern dancer and choreographer (11 May 1894 – 1st April 1991)
“Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself”
Havelock Ellis, British physician, psychologist, writer and social reformer (2nd February 1859 – 8th July 1939)
“Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room”
Kurt Vonnegut, American writer (11th November 1922 – 11th April 2007)
“We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance”
Does anyone have any quotes they find inspirational (dance related or otherwise)? Please leave a comment below to share your favourites!