„Consciousness expresses itself through creation. This world we live in is the dance of the Creator. Dancers come and go in the twinkling of an eye but the dance lives on. On many an occasion when I am dancing, I have felt touched by something sacred. In those moments, I felt my spirit soar and become one with everything that exists. I become the stars and the moon. I become the lover and the beloved. I become the victor and the vanquished. I become the master and the slave. I become the singer and the song. I become the knower and the known. I keep on dancing and then, it is the eternal dance of creation. The Creator and the creation merge into one wholeness of joy. I keep on dancing — until there is only … the dance.“
"The Dance" - from inlay sleeve of Dangerous (1991)
„Coming and going by the dance, I see
That what I am not is a part of me.
Dancing is all that I can ever trust,
The dance is all I am, the rest is dust.
I will believe my bones and live by what
Will go on dancing when my bones are not.“
— Sydney Carter British musician and poet 1915 - 2004
Written as an epitaph based upon his lyrics to "Lord of the Dance".
„The subject says "I see first lots of things which dance — then everything becomes gradually connected."“
— Jim Morrison lead singer of The Doors 1943 - 1971
Source: The Lords and the New Creatures: Poems (1969), The Lords: Notes on Vision
Once More, the Round," ll. 11-12
The Far Field (1964)
Context: p>And I dance with William Blake
For love, for Love's sake;And everything comes to One,
As we dance on, dance on, dance on.</p
„I liked those ladies! They were helpers, and they danced.' These are the words I want on my gravestone: that I was a helper, and that I danced.“
— Anne Lamott Novelist, essayist, memoirist, activist 1954
Source: Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith
„It's all true. It's true I didn't want to be a dancer. What I really wanted to be was a shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Then at 14 I discovered girls, and began to study dancing diligently. At that time dancing was the only way you could put your arm around the girl. Dancing was courtship. Only later did I discover you dance joy. You dance love. You dance dreams. Of course, the Pittsburgh Pirates lost a hell of a shortstop.“
— Gene Kelly American dancer, actor, singer, director, producer and choreographer 1912 - 1996
Speaking on March 8, 1985 at the American Film Institute; as quoted in "Hollywood Honors Man Who `Danced Joy'" by Paul Rosenfield, in Los Angeles Times (March 9, 1985)
— Louise Rennison British writer 1951 - 2016
Source: Dancing in My Nuddy-Pants
„Modern physics has thus revealed that every subatomic particle not only performs an energy dance, but also is an energy dance; a pulsating process of creation and destruction. The dance of Shiva is the dancing universe, the ceaseless flow of energy going through an infinite variety of patterns that melt into one another’’. For the modern physicists, then Shiva’s dance is the dance of subatomic matter. As in Hindu mythology, it is a continual dance of creation and destruction involving the whole cosmos; the basis of all existence and of all natural phenomenon. Hundreds of years ago, Indian artists created visual images of dancing Shivas in a beautiful series of bronzes. In our times, physicists have used the most advanced technology to portray the patterns of the cosmic dance.“
Source: The Tao of Physics (1975), p. 244.
„Many times I hear the phrase "the dance of life". It is an expression that touches me deeply, for the instrument through which the dance speaks is also the instrument through which life is lived — the human body.“
— Martha Graham American dancer and choreographer 1894 - 1991
I Am A Dancer (1952)
„I don’t think this dance is suitable for weddings. This is not a formal dance, this is a cheesy dance! But still, I appreciate that.“
— Psy South Korean singer 1977
When told that “Gangnam Style” has become a popular wedding dance.
Interview with The New York Times, 'His Style Is Gangnam, and Viral Too' http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/14/arts/music/interview-psy-the-artist-behind-gangnam-style.html?_r=0, October 2012.
Source: Much Ado About Nothing
— Mikhail Baryshnikov Soviet-American dancer, choreographer, and actor born in Letonia, Soviet Union 1948
— Ilana Mercer South African writer
"Hollywood: The No-Good, The Bad And The Beastly" http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2014/03/hollywood-no-good-bad-and-beastly.html Economic Policy Journal, March 7, 2014.
In Plato's Cave, p. 8 http://books.google.com/books?id=B8DktTyeRNkC&q=%22Photography+has+become+almost+as+widely+practiced+an+amusement+as+sex+and+dancing%22&pg=PA8#v=onepage
Previously published as Photography http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/1973/oct/18/photography/ in The New York Review of Books, 18 October 1973
On Photography (1977)
„If the character has the motivation to dance round trees, then I will dance round trees. If the motivation is strong enough, then I'll fly to the moon.“
— Rahul Bose Indian actor 1967
Rediff, April 4, 1997. " If the motivation is strong enough, I'll fly to the moon http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:t3KMttIk5NwJ:www.rediff.com/entertai/apr/04rahl.htm+%22Still+dressed+in+his+night+clothes+and+sporting+a+hep+stubble,%22&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-a" by Suparn Varma
— Elisabeth Kübler-Ross American psychiatrist 1926 - 2004
— George Balanchine Georgian choreographer, dancer and ballet master (1904-1983) 1904 - 1983
„I felt I had nothing more to learn. It was the same thing wrapped up in different packaging again and again. I am not a brilliant dancer at all. But my packaging is great. You know, I have been a hippie all my life. And the dreams of the sixties that I had of living in a commune, of sharing, of never having more than I can use, of living life joyfully in nature -- that was the spirit that was inside me. And in the isolation of being a dancer I thought where is the giving, where is the sharing, with me sitting so far in a cold place? I knew I had to get back and I had to share what life had given me through dance. I was willing to give up my dance and work and beg to realise this dream. Because it would still be my dream, it would still be dance but how much joy it would give so many bodies.“
— Protima Bedi Indian model and dancer 1948 - 1998
After learning Odissi dance, she toured all over the world performing Odissi dance and then settled in Switzerland but came back to establish a dance school. Quoted in in "I have been a hippie all my life".