Quotes About Dancers

A collection of quotes about the nature of dancers, who they are and what drives them to dance


People tend to look at dancers like we are these little jewels, little cardboard cut-outs, and yet we have blood and guts and go through Hell.
Susan Jaffe

The trained dancer must not only have grace and elegance, but also the leap of an Olympic hurdler, the balance of a tight-rope walker and panther-like strength and agility.
Camilla Jessel

It takes an athlete to dance, but an artist to be a dancer.
Shanna LaFleur

Dancers are athletes of God.
Albert Einstein

Dancers aren’t pompous; they’re too tired.
José Limón

Dancers are the messengers of the gods.
Martha Graham

As soon as I hear music, something in me starts to vibrate.
Suzanne Farrell

You have not seen a real workout until you've watched a dancer practice.
Author Unknown

The really great dancer is perhaps a rarer phenomenon than great musicians, painters or sculptors.  This is because dance is a consummation of all these arts.  The dancer, in addition to the qualities that pure dance demands, must be sensitive to and have an uncanny ear for music, must have a painter’s sensibility to the significant line, a sculptor’s approach to form, an architect’s vision of space and a trained actor’s responses to dramatic situations.
K. Subhas Chandran

Some people seem to feel that good dancers are born, but all the good dancers I know have been taught or trained.
Fred Astaire

No dancer can watch Fred Astaire and not know that we should have all been in another business.
Mikhail Baryshnikov

So many dancers leave me untouched, unmoved.  A dancer should be able to raise an arm and make someone cry, in the way Isadora Duncan did.  It is a necessity for any art to move you.
Pauline Koner

Good dancers awaken the joy in our hearts, we have seen them ablaze on stage, videos, on our streets, in the theaters, in our homes, schools and they have successfully ignited the love of dancing in our soul. At least, this is the major reason why dancers are born and made.
Paul Bamikole

Dancers are a great breed of people. And they really want to do is dance so you don’t have to beg them to work. However, dancers sometimes build walls around themselves because they are presenting themselves all the time: dancing is very much a confession.
Suzanne Farrell

And when they ask you, ‘what is your church?’ you say, ‘I dance.
Author Unknown

Dancers are made, not born.
Mikhail Baryshnikov

The Dancer believes that his art has something to say which cannot be expressed in words or in any other way than by dancing... there are times when the simple dignity of movement can fulfill the function of a volume of words. There are movements which impinge upon the nerves with a strength that is incomparable, for movement has power to stir the senses and emotions, unique in itself. This is the dancer's justification for being, and his reason for searching further for deeper aspects of his art.
Doris Humphrey

You get obsessed by dancing because there seems to be no choice.  Sometimes you are miserable, sometimes you are floating in elation.  But you can’t leave it alone until the passion is spun out. If you are lucky you try not to hate it when you leave.
Lisa Rinehart

Those who dance are considered insane by those who can’t hear the music.
George Carlin

Dancers dream with their feet.
Author Unknown

Dancers offer us our only earthly chance to catch a glimpse of the angelic host.
Author Unknown

Dancing is an art. The floor is my canvas and I am the brush. And whatever I create comes from the heart.
Author Unknown

We do not always dance because we are happy, but we dance and cannot help but become happy.
Author Unknown

Awesome dancers have discovered the inner passion that transforms their movement into art.
Rhee Gold

Dancers are among the most passionate and dedicated of artists and rarely take their work for granted.
Author Unknown

Dancers are instruments, like a piano the choreographer plays.
George Balanchine