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

Shanna LaFleur

Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body.

Martha Graham

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

Mikhail Baryshnikov

I don't want people who want to dance, I want people who have to dance. 

George Balanchine


I have no desire to prove anything by dancing. I have never used it as an outlet or a means of expressing myself. I just dance. I just put my feet in the air and move them around.

Fred Astaire

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

Dancers are instruments, like a piano the choreographer plays.

George Balanchine


Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels.

Faith Whittlesey


When a body moves, it's the most revealing thing. Dance for me a minute, and I'll tell you who you are.

Mikhail Baryshnikov


In a dancer, there is a reverence for such forgotten things as the miracle of the small beautiful bones and their delicate strength.

Martha Graham

Dancing is just discovery, discovery, discovery.

Martha Graham


To touch, to move, to inspire. This is the true gift of dance.

Aubrey Lynch


I often say that in making dances I can make a world where I think things are done morally, done democratically, done honestly.

Twyla Tharp


I like to make my own mistakes.

Mikhail Baryshnikov