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Motivation and Inspirational Quotes

An awsome post and some quotes to keep you smilin'

“Am I too __________ to Dance?”

Too many times in the dance world we’re faced with this question. Dancers second guess everything about themselves. I’m too old. I’m too fat. I’m too young. I’m too unflexible. These statements reveal just how insecure we can be about the art we love so much. But what are we really seeking with these questions? Reassurance, yes. But what drives us to continually question ourselves day after day?

For me, part of the answer lies in the comparison between what I see in the mirror during class and what I see when I watch, oh, NYCB for example. Even at the peak of my career, a professional ballet company was not a valid choice for me. Watching Paloma or Julie Kent fills me with excitement, but also a longing sometimes, as I see them execute moves with such perfection it makes me gasp.

But back to me. Even on my best class days, I think to myself that there’s lots I could have done better. That’s the nature of the beast that is ballet. There is no perfect. There’s only real darn close. And you know what? I’ll bet you that Paloma walks out of class some days thinking the same things I do- “I could have put one more turn in there... boy, my feet were not at their best today...” Of course, she’s talking about six pirouettes as I’m talking about 3, but you get my point. And being aware of this makes me feel better about myself. Not even the ones I consider perfect are perfect, and we’re all chasing the same ideal.

Here’s the kicker. Whatever we’re questioning about ourselves- dance will just make it better! Am I too old? HECK, NO, and the more dance class you take the younger you’ll feel. Am I too fat to dance? NOPE, and the more you dance, the more confident you’ll feel about your body. Am I not flexible enough? Guess what! You become more flexible with every class you take.

It made a real difference for me to acknowledge that the great dancers probably ponder these same questions. It makes them a little more human to me, and it makes me a little more determined to try for my goal of perfection. I’ll never be perfect. But I do know the only solution to my “problem” is to get right back into class and try again. Closer and closer, here I come...
                                             Source: staff member, balletgurl  

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Dance is music made visible.
             --George Balanchine

First comes the sweat. Then comes the beauty if you're very lucky and have said your prayers.
             --George Balanchine

I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.
             --Mihkail Baryshnikov

When 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

La danse, c'est le mouvement, et le mouvement, c'est la vie.
("Dance is movement, and movement is life.")
             --Ludmilla Chiriaeff (Founder, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens)

You've got to sing like you don't need the money,
Love like you'll never get hurt.
You've got to dance like no one is watching,
It's gotta come from the heart, if you want it to work.
             --Susannah Clark and Richard Leigh

Dance is your pulse, your heartbeat, your breathing. It's the rhythym of your life. Its the expression in time and movement, in happiness, joy, sadness and envy.
             --Jaques D'Amboise

To dance is to be out of yourself, larger, more powerful, more beautiful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.
             --Agnes de Mille

You don't have to know about ballet to enjoy it, all you have to do is look at it.
             --Edwin Denby

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

I explained it when I danced it.
             --Margot Fonteyn (asked to explain a performance)

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

Dance is a song of the body. Either of joy or pain.
             --Martha Graham

The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word.
             --Mata Hari

Dance is bigger than the physical body. Think bigger than that. When you extend your arm, it doesn't stop at the end of your fingers, because you're dancing bigger than that: your dancing spirit.
             --Judith Jamison

Technique--bodily control--must be mastered only because the body must not stand in the way of the soul's expression.
The only reason for mastering technique is to make sure the body does not prevent the soul from expressing itself.
             --La Meri (2 versions)

Football isn't a contact sport; it's a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport.
             --Vince Lombardi

Dance is like life, it exists as you're flitting through it, and when it's over, it's done.
             --Jerome Robbins

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

Talk about dance? Dance is not something to talk about. Dance is to dance.
             --Peter Saint James

To live is to dance, to dance is to live.
             --Charles Schulz [in Peanuts (Snoopy speaking)]