Movement & Expression Quotes

Quotes about what makes dance dance...


The body says what words cannot.
Martha Graham

There are times when the simple dignity of movement can fulfill the function of a volume of words.
Doris Humphrey

Move, and the way will open.
Author Unknown

Nothing so clearly and inevitably reveals the inner man than movement and gesture. It is quite possible, if one chooses, to conceal and dissimulate behind words or paintings or statues or other forms of human expression, but the moment you move you stand revealed, for good or ill, for what you are.
Doris Humphrey

Learning to walk sets you free. Learning to dance gives you the greatest freedom of all: to express with your whole self the person you are.
Melissa Hayden

The truest expression of a people is in its dance and in its music. Bodies never lie.
Agnes de Mille

It's what I always wanted to do, to show the laughter, the fun the joy of dance.
Martha Graham

All dance has expression. If there is no expression, I prefer the circus. The performers do more dangerous, more difficult technical things than we do. But we are dancers. We have to express and we have to project.
Luis Fuente

At our theaters we only see feeble copies of the copies that have proceeded them, renounce that slavish routine which keeps your art in its infancy; examine everything relative to the development of talents; be original; form a style for yourselves based on your private studies; if you must copy, imitate nature, it is a noble model and never misleads those who follow it.
J.G. Noverre

One can be a great artist without being a great technician.  There have been many famous ballet stars who did not have the ideal body or total mastery of all aspects of the art form, but on the stage they possessed magnetism—true artistry, by which I mean a charismatic quality.  You can work with a coach to try and develop it, but a true artist has the ability to express his inner feelings naturally.
Fernando Bujones

The way people move is their autobiography in motion.
Gerry Spence

I came to see that movement is one of the great laws of life. It is the primary medium of our aliveness, the flow of energy going on in us like a river all the time, awake or asleep, twenty-four hours a day. Our movement is our behavior; there is a direct connection between what we are like and how we move... As people begin to move in their own way, they are faced with feelings of surprise and delight and often of anxiety and embarrassment. Judgments, corrections and explanations are of no use. It is their movement, and it happened just that way.
Mary Whitehouse

The body is the source of amazing energy.  This thing wants to live.  It is a powerful engine.  The brain (is) a reservoir of images, dreams, fears, associations, language.  And its potential we can’t even begin to understand.  Movement begins to negotiate the distance between the brain and the body and it can be surprising what we learn about each other.
Bill T. Jones

Music is the language of the soul, dance is the language of the body. Body and soul, music and dance conceive an instrument of expression through which the spirit communicates.
Maestro Hector Zaraspe

Your dance identifies who you are.
Author Unknown

Movement never lies. It is a barometer telling the state of the soul's weather to all who can read it.
Martha Graham

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action and because there is only one of you in all of time this expression is unique. And if you block it it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it.
Martha Graham

Nothing is more revealing than movement.
Martha Graham