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The Dancer believes that his art has something to say
by Doris Humphrey

The Dancer believes that his art has something to say
which cannot be expressed in words or in any other way than by dancing.
- Doris Humphrey

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.
- Doris Humphrey

If a ballet dancer falls over, it's knowing how to
get out looking clumsy that counts.
- Ritchie Blackmore

I went away when I was 9 to a ballet school.
I thought I wanted to be a dancer, but eight years
of ballet cured me of that.
- Juliet Mills

 

I wrote the song For A Dancer for a friend of mine who died in a fire.
He was in the sauna in a house that burned down,
so he had no idea anything was going on.
It was very sad.
- Jackson Browne

I used to be a dancer, and for me it was a really good
combination of dance and acting.
- Patricia Velasquez

A businessman is a hybrid of a dancer and a calculator.
- Paul Valery

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I became an ardent, but never a specially good,
dancer.
- Georg Brandes

My favorite dancer is Sylvie Guillem.
- Jerry Hall

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

I copied my brother.
He was a natural dancer.
Graceful.
People always asked did we study ballet.
We never did.
- Harold Nicholas

I am not the first straight dancer or the last.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

I'm a terrible dancer.
The worst.
- Sheena Easton

A good education is usually harmful to a dancer.
A good calf is better than a good head.
- Agnes de Mille

I was a ballet dancer and that kind of bled into musical theater.
I was constantly in rehearsal for one thing or another.
- Jennifer Garner

I have never sung a whole song on my own before and
I am not the best dancer in the world,
but I would rather try and fall than not not try at all.
- Geri Halliwell

For what the horse does under compulsion,
as Simon also observes, is done without understanding;
and there is no beauty in it either,
any more than if one should whip and spur a dancer.
- Xenophon

You just can't take a crash course to be a tango dancer in a movie.
- Robert Duvall

I had a wonderful childhood, coming from Cincinnati,
and I think that it was great going into the life that I was going to have,
where you have to start young as a dancer.
- Suzanne Farrell

A lot of my joy this year has been to give away awards to young people,
no matter of race, creed or color, because they were
a terrific violinist or a terrific dancer.
- Sally Kirkland

It's no good running a pig farm badly for 30 years while saying,
'Really, I was meant to be a ballet dancer.'
By then,
pigs will be your style.
- Quentin Crisp

One is born to be a great dancer.
- George Balanchine

The real American type can never be a ballet dancer.
The legs are too long, the body too supple and the
spirit too free for this school of affected grace and toe walking.
- Isadora Duncan

I always considered myself a dancer before anything else.
- Annette Funicello

Bubbles was a very good dancer.
Tremendous dancer.
He was one of our leading dancers of the country at that time.
And, of course, he didn't have much of a voice.
- Cab Calloway

I just hate to be in one corner.
I hate to be put as only a guitar player,
or either only as a songwriter, or only as a tap dancer.
I like to move around.
- Jimi Hendrix

I was always a singer and a dancer, and I always wanted to be an actress.
For me, it's all just one thing.
- Jennifer Lopez

The life of a dancer is tragically short.
What is remarkable about the New York City Ballet is
that it makes us forget that.
Because it keeps the ballet alive.
- John Guare

I'm not a singer, and I'm not a brilliant dancer.
- Jeremy Bulloch

I would imagine that if you could understand Morse code,
a tap dancer would drive you crazy.
- Mitch Hedberg

I'm thought of as a cool, unemotional dancer,
but inside I'm not.
- Suzanne Farrell

Since the days of slavery, if you were a good singer or dancer,
it was your job to perform for the master after dinner.
- Spike Lee

How can we know the dancer from the dance?
- William Butler Yeats

The dancer's body is simply the luminous manifestation of the soul.
- Isadora Duncan

I also loved musicals because I was a dancer.
- Donna Mills

A good dancer is an educated one, so don't abandon school.
- Deborah Bull

I have been very lucky to work in so many new ballets,
but that is what a dancer's work is.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

I liked to read but, being a dancer,
I didn't have a lot of time to read.
- Suzanne Farrell

I met my wife, Doreen, who was a dancer in the show.
- Ernie Wise

But you do have to start young as a dancer if you're
going to achieve the physical skills necessary.
- Deborah Bull

I'm a singer who moves like a dancer.
- Bobby Darin

My mom was a dancer, my dad's a singer and I've always
had that kind of music in my life.
- Elvis Stojko

There were many good actresses in my time like Jane
Powell and Debbie Reynolds,
but I was the only dancer.
- Leslie Caron

I've got no plans to be a ballet dancer at the moment.
- Neil Patrick Harris

I actually wanted to be an exotic dancer,
but that didn't work out so I thought I'd take on acting.
- Sasha Alexander

I can relax in L.A.
I think I'm the only person in that town who doesn't want to act.
I was an OK singer.
I was an OK dancer.
But acting? Never could do it.
- Victoria Beckham

My wife is the dancer, but I certainly know how to sing.
- David Hasselhoff

Fred Astaire was a more formal, trained dancer who
loved waltzing and only danced with the girls.
- Leslie Caron

It's not that I wanted to be an actor;
it's that I didn't want to be a dancer!
I was trained in traditional Chinese dance,
and after working so hard it seemed unfair to just disappear into a group.
- Ziyi Zhang

Mum, who had been a dancer with a small ballet company before she got married,
was full of encouragement.
She didn't say, 'This is really good,
you should do this', She just encouraged us to do whatever we liked.
- Dannii Minogue

People who got on their feet and freaked about were called idiot dancers.
and nobody wants to be called an idiot dancer.
But the whole idea of rock and roll is to get people off their arses -
that's what it's about.
- Steve Marriott

I've been very physical my whole life.
I went out hiking and camping for days in the Australian forest,
and when I trained at drama school for three years,
we did a whole lot on stage-fighting techniques.
And I was a dancer from 5 to 18, so I have a memory for choreography.
- Yvonne Strahovski

I did not want to be a tree, a flower or a wave.
In a dancer's body, we as audience must see ourselves,
not the imitated behavior of everyday actions,
not the phenomenon of nature, not exotic creatures from another planet,
but something of the miracle that is a human being.
- Martha Graham

By philosophy the mind of man comes to itself,
and from henceforth rests on itself without foreign aid,
and is completely master of itself, as the dancer of his feet,
or the boxer of his hands.
- Johann Gottlieb Fichte

It was not until I had graduated from college that
I made a professional commitment to it.
Frankly, I didn't think it wise.
I was my own interior parental force,
and it's very difficult to justify a profession as a dancer.
- Twyla Tharp

You know, the period of World War I and the Roaring
Twenties were really just about the same as today.
You worked, and you made a living if you could,
and you tired to make the best of things.
For an actor or a dancer, it was no different then than today.
It was a struggle.
- James Cagney

My father was a promoter of Fresh Fest,
and they needed an opening act.
He got me a slot as a dancer.
We tried it out the first time in Atlanta and the crowd went crazy.
I was the opening clown.
- Jermaine Dupri

To illustrate what I mean, an apt dancer may be in
thorough unison with the others in that particular group,
and at the same time reveal a difference in dancing temperament,
rhythm or technique; she may phrase,
accentuate or actually interpret differently.
- Florenz Ziegfeld

I think it's useful to experience other types of dance and other cultures,
and the life of a classical dancer these days is certainly not all tutus!
So experience of other dance forms is a good idea.
- Deborah Bull

The relationship of the toastmaster to speaker should
be the same as that of the fan to the fan dancer.
It should call attention to the subject without making
any particular effort to cover it.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

I've been on stage since I was 7.
That's where I'd rather be than anywhere else.
Just because you can do a bunch of things doesn't mean
you are a bunch of things.
I can act.
I can sing.
But I am a dancer.
- Bebe Neuwirth

Naturally enough when I was a young dancer,
I was terribly anxious to get ahead,
and to get ahead quickly.
I was impatient with all those older people who talked
of the long grind to the top,
who turned me down for jobs I knew I could do.
- Anna Neagle

That is perceptive of you, because in this country
men dancers have always been viewed with suspicion.
If you were an actor, a star, and a dancer,
you had to be, or have a name like someone "mainstream."
- Cesar Romero

A creative person has to create.
It doesn't really matter what you create.
If such a dancer wanted to go out and build the cactus gardens where he could,
in Mexico, let him do that, but something that is creative has to go on.
- Katherine Dunham

Madonna is a pro.
I don't like her and have no respect for her but-
I don't think she should be called a musician or a
dancer or whatever you know,
but I do have, well I do have respect for her ability
to completely manipulate the media and have them work for her.
- Jon Fishman

Due to a big bust in Cuba, my father's business suffered badly,
so I was free to choose my own career.
I became a professional dancer, and I went on the road
and started making real money.
- Cesar Romero

Young dancers are training at a very vulnerable time in their lives,
through adolescence, and while they are trying to work
out who they are as people,
never mind as a dancer.
So train the whole person, not just the dancer.
- Deborah Bull

In those days, male dancers were a rarer breed than women.
as they are still today, A good male dancer,
one as strong as we were, was very difficult to come
by if you couldn't afford to pay them.
- Twyla Tharp

My background is somewhat unusual, as I trained to be a ballet dancer.
I worked in the theatre for eight or nine years as a contemporary dancer.
But as an actor one does read Shakespeare and does
try to learn the classics.
- William Kempe

I just knew that was what I wanted to do.
I was going to perform as a singer; I was going to perform as a dancer,
and I was, you know, going to do movies and be an actress.
I was going to do it or die trying.
That's what my life was.
- Jennifer Lopez

But now - look, I have to take care of myself.
I work out every day.
I'm a dancer.
I've always been an athlete, and I'm one of those people
who start to go crazy if they don't run or do something.
- Vanessa Carlton


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