Steve & Lori Harris Round Dance Instructors, Arizona (USA)
Steve & Lori Harris Round Dance Instructors, Arizona (USA) 

Dancing Quotations...

Before Roy died, we had many converations and left nothing unsaid.

It was during one of these talks that I confessed my great fear of being alone.

And this is what he said, “Death is transforming us...I decided what I want on my gravestone.”

My heart sank. Tears filled my eyes. He asked, “Are you listening?”

I nodded.

He said, “From mourning to dancing.”

I exhaled and even managed a slight smile. “That will be you.”

Roy corrected me and added, “No, eventually, with time, it will be you.”

— Kristin Meekhof, “A Widow's Guide to Healing:

Gentle Support and Advice for the First 5 Years”


“With time, even a bear can learn to dance.”

Yiddish proverb


Poetry is to prose as dancing is to walking.

John Wain


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

D.H. Lawrence


“Listen to the music.” — Hossam Ramzy


“Dancers are athletes of God.” — Albert Einstein


When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It's to enjoy each step along the way.” — Wayne Dyer


“If you don't do your dance, who will?”

Gabrielle Roth


“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.”



“And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, they danced by the light of the moon.”

Edward Lear, The Owl and the Pussycat


“Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.”

Oprah Winfrey


“Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.” ― Dave Barry


“It's the heart afraid of breaking that never learns to dance.” ― Xiaolu Guo, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers


“Then, slowly, like the sunrise peeking over the horizon, she smiled.
She snapped the box closed.
She didn’t scream. She didn’t run. She didn’t faint.
There might have been a little crying.
But mostly… she danced.” ―
Cora Carmack, Losing It


“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, The Shapeshifters: The Kiesha'ra of the Den of Shadows


“She decided to free herself, dance into the wind, create a new language. And birds fluttered around her, writing “yes” in the sky.” ― Monique Duval


“The girl danced like light on water. After I'd watched for a while I looked with all of me, not just my eyes, and then I saw the meaning of the dance. I wanted to stop looking because it was so sad, but I couldn't because it was so beautiful.”

Glenda Millard, A Small Free Kiss in the Dark


“Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.” ― Kurt Vonnegut


“Dancing is like dreaming with your feet!”



“Life is short and there will always be dirty dishes, so let’s dance.” ― James Howe


“Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody is watching.”  Mark Twain


“In life as in dance: Grace glides on blistered feet.”

Alice Abrams

“You don't stop dancing from growing old -- you grow old from stopping to dance.” — Unattributed

“Please send me your last pair of shoes, worn out with dancing as you mentioned in your letter, so that I might have something to press against my heart.” 
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


“Prayer does not use up artificial energy, doesn't burn up any fossil fuel, doesn't pollute. Neither does song, neither does love, neither does the dance.”

― Margaret Mead


“Get up and dance, get up and smile, get up and drink to the days that are gone in the shortest while.” ― Simon Fowler


“To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak.”

― Hopi Indian saying


“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth.”

William W. Purkey


“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.”

Friedrich Nietzsche


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


“Dance is the hidden language of the soul.”

Martha Graham


“Life is the dancer and you are the dance.” ― Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose


“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair...” ― Susan Polis Schutz


“I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.”

Mikhail Baryshnikov


“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


“If theater is ritual, then dance is too... It's as if the threads connecting us to the rest of the world were washed clean of preconceptions and fears. When you dance, you can enjoy the luxury of being you.”

Paulo Coelho, The Witch Of Portobello


“To touch, to move, to inspire. This is the true gift of dance.” ― Aubrey Lynch


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


“To dance is to reach for a word that doesn’t exist; to sing the heartsong of a thousand generations; to feel the meaning of a moment in time.”

Beth Jones


“We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.” ― Japanese Proverb

“The dance is a poem of which each movement is a world.” — Mata Hari

“You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing, and dance, and write poems, and suffer, and understand, for all that is life.”

“While I dance I cannot judge, I cannot hate, I cannot separate myself from life. I can only be joyful and whole. That is why I dance.”
Hans Bos


It is, of course, possible to dance a prayer.

Glade Byron Addams


“Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we’re here we should dance.” — Unknown

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