40 Famous Quotes About Dancing to Inspire Your Next Moves

Dancing is a uniquely human activity. People dance for fun, to express themselves, to foster romance, and as part of religious ceremonies. Dance is both a high art form and a cultural experience that everyone from children to the elderly can enjoy. This type of universal appeal may explain why dance has inspired so many memorable quotes about dancing.

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Inspirational Dance Quotes

Famous quotes about dancing are spoken by famous individuals from all walks of life. Consider each quote in the context of dance itself but also on a deeper level, and you may begin to understand why dance is considered such a major source of inspiration for those who study or perform it.

  • "I wasn't just going to walk, I was going to run. And then, once I stopped running, I was going to dance." - Robert Battle
  • “The dance goes on forever. So shall I. So shall we.” - Gelsey Kirkland
  • “I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.” - Mikhail Baryshnikov
  • "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain." - Vivian Greene
  • "And when you get the chance to sit it out or dance / I hope you dance" - I Hope You Dance, Lee Ann Womack
  • "Take your passion / And make it happen / Pictures come alive / You can dance right through your life" - What a Feeling, Irene Cara
  • “Those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” - Friedrich Nietzsche
  • “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.” - Michael Jackson
  • “Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.” - Oprah Winfrey
  • "When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It's to enjoy each step along the way." - Wayne Dyer

Sweet and Cute Dance Quotes

Looking for a cute dance quote or saying from a well-known source? These quotes about dance are as cute and lighthearted as they are true.

  • "I can do anything when I am in a tutu.” - Misty Copeland
  • “After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.” - Ann Richards
  • "I’m just an old Broadway gypsy." - Bob Avian
  • “Almost nobody dances sober, unless they happen to be insane.” - H. P. Lovecraft
  • "If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Life's a dance you learn as you go, Sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow” - Life’s a Dance, John Michael Montgomery
  • "If people stand in a circle long enough, they'll eventually begin to dance." - George Carlin
  • "I'm going to tap until I can't." - Gregory Hines
  • "We're gonna boogie oogie oogie / 'Til you just can't boogie no more." - Boogie Oogie Ooogie, A Taste of Honey
  • "You do the hokey pokey / And you turn yourself around / That's what it's all about" - The Hokey Pokey, Larry LaPrise

Dance Appreciation Quotes

Dance is often described in poetry and motion. These quotes help express one's appreciation of dance in prose form.

  • "I am a person who knows how the arts can change lives, because they transformed mine. I was a dancer.” - Jacques d'Amboise
  • "I didn't even know dancing was a profession. I just had to do it." - David Hallberg
  • "Dancing is poetry with arms and legs." - Charles Baudelaire
  • "You can dance / you can jive / having the time of your life!” - Dancing Queen, ABBA
  • "Part of the joy of dancing is conversation. Trouble is, some men can't talk and dance at the same time." - Ginger Rogers
  • "The Dance is a poem of which each movement is a word." - Mata Hari
  • "Dance is like life. It exists as you're flitting through it, and when it's over, it's done." - Jerome Robbins
  • "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
  • “Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” - Voltaire
  • “When you do dance, I wish you / A wave o' th' sea, that you might ever do, / Nothing but that ...” - A Winter’s Tale, William Shakespeare
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Short Dance Quotes

Quotes about dancing don't have to be long to be meaningful. The brief quotes below max out at 12 words; some are even shorter.

More Ways to Describe Artistic Expression

Dancing is all about connections, so a dancing quote is perfect to send to a dance-mad friend or loved one, or even someone with two left feet! Use it in a card or create a gift with a quotation to always inspire them. Dancing is also an important form of artistic expression. Now that you are familiar with several quotes about dancing, build up your art-related vocabulary even more. Start with this list of descriptive words to critique art.