I PRAISE THE DANCE...
I praise the dance,
for it frees people from the heaviness of matter
and binds the isolated to community.
I praise the dance,
which demands everything:
health and a clear spirit and a buoyant soul.
Dance is a transformation of space, of time, of people,
who are in constant danger of becoming all brain, will, or feeling.
Dancing demands a whole person,
one who is firmly anchored in the center of his life,
who is not obsessed by lust for people and things
and the demon of isolation in his own ego.
Dancing demands a freed person,
one who vibrates with the equipoise of all his powers.
I praise the dance.
O man, learn to dance,
or else the angels in heaven will not know what to do with you...
-- Saint Augustine

"Dancing 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." -- Havelock Ellis

"The dance is strong magic. The dance is a spirit. It turns the body to liquid steel. It makes it vibrate like a guitar. The body can fly without wings. It can sing without voice. The dance is strong magic: The dance is life..." Pearl Primus

"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 time, this expression is unique. If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. You must keep that channel open. It is not for you to determine how good it is, nor how valuable, nor how it compares with other expressions. If is for you to keep it ours, clearly and directly." -- Martha Graham

"Dance is the only art of which we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made" -- Ted Shawn

"I see dance being used as communication between body and soul to express what is too deep to find words..." -- Ruth St. Denis

"To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak," -- Hopi Indian Saying

"Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune intoned in the distance by an invisible player." -- Albert Einstein

Everything in the universe has rhythm. Everything dances." -- Maya Angelou

"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

"We ought to dance with rapture that we might be alive...and part of the living, incarnate cosmos." -- D. H. Lawrence

"Dance is for everybody. I believe that the dance came from the people and that it should always be delivered back to the people." -- Alvin Ailey

"I believe that dance is the oldest, noblest and most cogent of the arts. I believe that dance is the most perfect symbol of the activity of God and His angels. I believe that dance has the power to heal, mentally and physically. I believe that true education in the art of dance is education of the whole man." -- Ted Shawn

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain." -- unknown

"To Live is to Dance, To Dance is to Live" -- Snoopy (Charles Schultz)

"Nothing makes me happier than dancing. It transforms me. It's the only time I let out what is inside and I feel completely sensual and sexy and alive." -- Sandra Bullock

"We're fools whether we dance or not; so we might as well dance." -- Japanese Proverb

"Every child
Has known God
Not the God of names,
Not the God of dont's
Not the God who never
does anything weird,
But the God who only knows
four words
And keeps repeating them,
Saying Come
Dance."
-- HAFIZ

"Let this day be lost to us on which we did not dance once." -- Friedrich Nietzsche

"Except for the point, the still point, there would be no dance, and there is only the dance." -- T. S. Elliot

"People, learn to dance, otherwise the angels in heaven will not know what to do with you." -- St. Augustine

"Dance is the hidden language of the soul." -- Martha Graham

"...dance is meditation in movement, a walking into silence where every movement becomes prayer" -- Bernhard Wosien


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