„Life is the dancer and you are the dance.“

A New Earth (2005)
Source: A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose

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—  Martha Graham American dancer and choreographer 1894 - 1991

As quoted in "About Martha Graham" at the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance http://marthagraham.org/resources/aboutgraham.

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—  Birju Maharaj Indian dancer 1938

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„O body swayed to music, O brightening glance,
How can we know the dancer from the dance?“

—  W.B. Yeats, book The Tower

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„I don't try to tell the dancers exactly what a dance means before they do it.“

—  Martha Graham American dancer and choreographer 1894 - 1991

New York Times interview (1985)
Context: I don't try to tell the dancers exactly what a dance means before they do it. I can correct it and tell them what they have done after they have done it, and what it means to me. But I don't say, "Be fearful here," "Be angry here," because I think that is intrusion.

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—  Fred Astaire American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and television presenter 1899 - 1987

George Balanchine, quoted in Thomas, Bob. Astaire, the Man, The Dancer. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1985. ISBN 0297784021 p. 33.

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