quote by Erik Bruhn

Dance every performance as if it were your last.

— Erik Bruhn

Revealing Classical Dance quotations

Even the ears must dance.


Classical dance quote If you stumble, make it part of the dance.
If you stumble, make it part of the dance.
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I’ve learned what ‘classical’ means.

It means something that sings and dances through sheer joy of existence.

Classical dance quote You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star.
You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star.
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Yeah, I always listen to both classic and newer folk-influenced music.

Singer-songwriter, alternative music. I also listen to more experimental dance music.

Classic Van Halen made people want to dance and f**k.

Modern Van Halen makes you want to drink milk and drive foreign cars.

Indian classical dance is sustained by a profound philosophy.

Form seeks to merge with the formless, motions seek to become a part of the motionless, and the dancing individual seeks to become one with the eternal dance of the cosmos.


Classical dance quote Think positively; Exercise daily; Eat Healthy; Work Hard; Stay strong; Worry les
Think positively; Exercise daily; Eat Healthy; Work Hard; Stay strong; Worry less; Dance more; Love often.

Dancing is poetry with arms and legs.

Every teacher will tell you that you cannot dance classical technique with perfection, there is no such thing, there is no way. So you have to adapt the technique to your abilities or to your deficiencies. Learn to cheat!

And then you have the classical ballerinas, they're like sopranos. Applied to the dance.

Classical dance quote Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, its about learning to dance with
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, its about learning to dance with the rain
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You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it.

I enjoy the freedom of modern dance as well as the constraints of classical dance.


Classical virtuosity is more than technique, line, proportion, and balance.

It is as if the performer and spectator come together to hold in their hands a bird with a broken wing. The creature can be felt to stir, to struggle for freedom. Its life responds to human warmth; its wing might brush your check as it flies away.

Classical dance quote Trust me, You can dance.
Trust me, You can dance.
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In liberal democracy and anxious anarchy, the traditional classic dance, compact of aristocratic authority and absolute freedom in a necessity of order, has never been so promising as an independent expression as it is today.

You cannot dance physically certain things.

But look at tango dancers or flamenco or Japanese classical theater. You can, if you're smart enough and you collaborate with the right choreographers, you could really dance your age.

The vocabulary and manner of classical ballet express a high order of discipline and restraint, a sense of harmony with forces larger and more lasting than the individual.

Classical dance quote Optimist is someone who figures that taking a step backward after a step forward
Optimist is someone who figures that taking a step backward after a step forward is not a disaster, it's more like a cha-cha.

I wanted to give people - which is fairly bizarre considering my whole life is contemporary dance really - I wanted to give people a really fulfilling sense that they had seen a white classical ballet - in a very pure form.


I think classical ballet dancers dance on pointe because they're simultaneously touching the earth and reaching up to the skies

Learn at least two classic ballroom dances, at least one of them Latin.

Classical dance quote Take more chances, dance more dances.
Take more chances, dance more dances.

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.

when dancing is right, the movement possesss a logic common to us all, an inevitability that takes it beyond the personal and egocentric and makes of it classical art.

Having Alexei Ratmansky create a new Romeo and Juliet for The National Ballet of Canada to mark our 60th anniversary is a dream come true. His aesthetic -- steeped in the Russian school but open to contemporary sources -- is ideal for this work and for our company, which, with our classical heritage and our passion for the modern, is perfectly suited to his distinctive dance vision.


Classical dance quote Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, It's about learning to dance in
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, It's about learning to dance in the rain.
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There is a general decline of taste for classical dance,ce, which is neglected and this must be developed from the grassroots. There is so much of razzle-dazzle... that classical dance suffers.

If Balanchine had any secret, it was one that has endured through two hundred years of classical ballet. It is that dancing correctly in three dimensions, on the music, creates the fourth dimension of meaning.

I grew up as a dancer. I did tap, classical ballet, all of that. I did Indian dancing, or Bharata Natyam, classic temple dancing from Madras, originally. My mother always had the great idea that I should learn it.

Classical dance quote No matter what, nobody can take away the dances you've already had.
No matter what, nobody can take away the dances you've already had.

I think differently, I think it's about reaching everybody on every different plane and every different level, and if I could remix the song and do a dance remix, that's great. If I could do a classical version, that'll be great too. It's all just about expression.

You put music in categories because you need to define a sound, but when you don't play it on your so-called radio stations that claim to be R&B or jazz or whatever... All music is dance music. But when people think of dance music, they think of techno or just house. Anything you can dance to is dance music. I don't care if it's classical, funk, salsa, reggae, calypso; it's all dance music.


I grew up as a dancer, and music and dance are so closely tied, that in ballet class you're listening to all this classical music, and in modern class you're working with a live drummer. It was something that always made me feel really comfortable and I've had a connection to since the beginning.

Classical dance quote The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and
The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
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Being a fan of dance and a dancer, I love my classic dance movies.

I know a lot of choreographers prefer to do abstract dance and not be bothered with a story, but even when I'm asked to do classical ballet or a modern piece, I still want to tell a story.

I'm not classically trained or anything, but I'll rip up a dance floor.

Classical dance quote And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not
And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.

When I left the theater… I was thinking that I’d seen a classic of American dance. It confers a mythic dimension on ordinary aspects of our daily lives – it’s unfaked folk art. The dancers, crashing wave upon wave into those falls, have a happy insane spirit that recalls a unique moment in American life – the time we did the school play or we were ready to drown at a swimming meet. The last time most of us were happy in that way.


I would like to tell all dancers to forget themselves and the desire for self display. They must become completely absorbed in the dance. Even in a classical variation there should never be any thought of a dancer doing a variation--he should become identified with it.

Do you know what I've learned? That although ecstasy is the ability to stand outside yourself, dance is a way of rising up into space, of discovering new dimensions while still remaining in touch with your body. When you dance, the spiritual world and the real world manage to coexist quite happily. I think classical ballet dancers dance on pointe because they're simultaneously touching the earth and reaching up to the skies.

Obviously neither 'American Idol' nor 'Dancing With the Stars' is a variety show in the classic sense, but the way they incorporate elements of drama, comedy and suspense is moderately ingenious.