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University of Arkansas Little Rock Dance Program



DANCE QUOTES &
INSPIRATIONAL WORDS

"We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once."
~Friedrich Nietzsche

"Living and dying is not the big issue. The big issue is what you're going to do with your time while you are here."
~Bill T. Jones

"So often there's a piece that pushes your artistry to another level, makes you believe that other things are possible. It pushes you to find what's next."
~Doug Varone

"To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak." ~Hopi Indian Saying

"Dancer's are athletes of god"
~Albert Einstein

"I’m very excited about dance and love it with a deep passion. I also struggle, tire and become discouraged. But what has always revived me...has been the rebirth of energy each time the creative process is awakened and artistic activity begins to unfold even in some infinitesimal measure." ~Anna Halprin

“If words were adequate to describe fully what the dance can do, there would be no rea-
son for all the mighty muscular effort, the discomfort, the sweat, and
the splendors of that art. For it has always existed to give us that
which nothing else can.”
~José Limón

"We must first realize that dancing is an absolutely independent art, not merely a secondary accompanying one. I believe that it is one of the great arts. Like the music of great musicians, it can be enjoyed and understood without any verbal introduction or explanation.... The important thing in ballet is that movement itself, as it is sound which is important in a symphony. A ballet may contain a story, but the visual spectacle, not the story is the essential element. The choreographer and the dancer must remember that they reach the audience through the eye – and the audience, in its turn, must train itself to see what is performed upon the stage. It is the illusion created which convinces the audience, much as it is with the work of a magician. If the illusion fails, the ballet fails, no matter how well a program note tells the audience that it has succeeded."
~George Balanchine

"The truest expression of a people is in its dance and in its music. Bodies never lie."
~Agnes de Mille