Dance Quotes

I’m into my grime, hip-hop, dance, and house music.

— Adam Peaty

One of the more surreal days I’ve ever had in the recording studio was Martin Fry teaching Hugh Grant his old dance moves. Showing him how to do the hair-flip and the point, and all these sort of trademark moves of his.

— Adam Schlesinger

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.

— Afrika Bambaataa

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

For me, Anthony Powell is a religion. I read ‘A Dance to the Music of Time’ every few years.

— Alan Furst

When I was first starting out as a kid, I tried to pad my resume with everything I had ever done – ice-skate, carry a tune. I can’t dance for my life, but I can learn, so I’ll tell people I can dance. I play the piano – I’m a really good pianist, actually.

— Alexandra Daddario

Whenever I like a new song, I play it on loop and dance to it. That’s my therapy.

— Alia Bhatt

A. L. Vijay asked if I could dance, and I just said yes. I didn’t tell him the only dancing I had done was on nights out in Liverpool. He said he would arrange workshops and help me with the scripts and the language. He liked the fact that I was English but had an Indian look.

— Amy Jackson

I’m taking dance lessons and getting stuck in. It’s a great way of keeping fit, and it’s obviously a big part of Bollywood movies, so I need to learn.

— Amy Jackson

I’m not always a heartbroken guy. I like to laugh, act silly, dance. There are so many more colors to me. I really can be fun.

— Anthony Hamilton

One day, I just wandered into a dance class full of girls, and that was it. I thought, ‘Hang on! I’ll have a bit of this.’ I went back a week later and got dragged up by the teacher. It wasn’t a massive calling.

— Anton du Beke

I don’t get grumpy at a ‘Strictly’ level, you understand. We’re just making a television show – the person I’m dancing with can’t dance they’re doing their best, and we’re not going to win the World Championships.

— Anton du Beke

I’m happy to dance with anyone, to be honest. I’ve had some great partners, who have all been talented. But not all of them at dancing.

— Anton du Beke

If I do find myself walking up the aisle and dancing at my own wedding reception, I want the first dance to be both spontaneous and dramatic.

— Anton du Beke

When you dance together, there’s a fabulous interaction. It’s quite intimate. You’re touching your partner, leading them. Learning how to behave in that person’s proximity is a skill. I love it. I can’t imagine tiring of it.

— Anton du Beke

My old dance teacher, Jimmy Wilde, a former European ballroom dancing champion, was so sophisticated.

— Anton du Beke

If I avoid anything, it’s that I don’t really go to places that are like a little corner of England. I also never mind going to a dance show because I love it all so much.

— Anton du Beke

Conventional Indian cinema is about people falling in love. They sing, they dance.

— Anurag Kashyap

In future also, we would like to back films that can be considered slightly risky since they don’t have song and dance.

— Anushka Sharma

I have stretched ropes from steeple to steeple garlands from window to window golden chains from star to star, and I dance.

— Arthur Rimbaud

I’m the interpreter. I’m the one who takes your words and brings them to life. I was trained to sing and dance and laugh, and that’s what I want to do.

— Aaliyah

I love writing but hate starting. The page is awfully white, and it says, ‘You may have fooled some of the people some of the time, but those days are over, giftless. I’m not your agent, and I’m not your mommy I’m a white piece of paper. You wanna dance with me?’ and I really, really don’t. I’ll go peaceable-like.

— Aaron Sorkin

I am humble Abraham Lincoln. I have been solicited by my friends to become a candidate for the Legislature. My politics are short and sweet, like the old woman’s dance.

— Abraham Lincoln

There are female artists I can look at that I find more in common with than the male artists, because they’re blending the pop, dance and theatricality… but currently there aren’t a lot of guys who go there.

— Adam Lambert

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.

— Alan Watts

True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, as those move easiest who have learn’d to dance.

— Alexander Pope

Not to go back is somewhat to advance, and men must walk, at least, before they dance.

— Alexander Pope

Us sing and dance, make faces and give flower bouquets, trying to be loved. You ever notice that trees do everything to git attention we do, except walk?

— Alice Walker

If you live in the elite world of dance, you find yourself in a world rife with racism. Let’s face it.

— Alvin Ailey

Indian actors, because of the format of our stories, need to be good actors, and be able to perform emotional sequences, do a bit of comedy, dance and singing, action, because all of this forms just one film. In many ways I’d say there are greater demands on Indian actors than there are on Hollywood.

— Amitabh Bachchan

We must have song and dance in our lives we’ve had it ever since the inception of cinema in India. Our stories are very social-based, very human-based. We are a very emotional nation.

— Amitabh Bachchan

I’m going to do ‘The Social Network Two: The Electric Boogaloo.’ And I have a part in ‘Beige Swan.’ I’m going to be the lead, but I don’t dance. I just do a lot of sitting down. It’s too tiring to get up and dance around. That should be coming out in 20-never.

— Amy Poehler

I’ve had some really, really wild fun nights in Vegas. I ended up on stage once with this band, The Digital Underground, doing the Humpty Dance.

— Ashton Kutcher

We have parties at my house. My girlfriends and I play our iPods, with all of our favorite songs. We pick our songs and jump up on the counter and dance, and do runway stuff, and we take video with my camera. When I’m with my girlfriends, I act like I’m 19.

— Avril Lavigne

When I had my first gig, I was 18 in January in 2007. My first gig that I got paid, I was playing for 10 people in a 250 people capacity venue. The promoter wanted to book me because he liked my music. I played a couple of songs that made people dance. To me, that rush has always stayed the same.

— Afrojack

I like rock music that has melody, but it also makes you wanna get up and dance.

— Albert Hammond, Jr.

People in third-world countries are less eager to see movies full of angst over existential problems, and who can blame them. They’ve got other fish to fry. They’d rather see a few great dance routines and the guy end up with the girl.

— Alison Owen

For cardio, I do SoulCycle. I really don’t like to run, plus I have terrible knees and get bored on the elliptical. SoulCycle is basically a dance party on a bicycle, and you burn calories, and it’s so fun.

— Allison Williams

When I was a kid I did marshal arts, and then I did all-star crazy competitive cheer and dance, and then I swam so I was very muscular. You know, healthy, but not quite as thin as I am.

— Ashley Greene

I focus on having a feminine body, a dancer’s body. I do resistance and dance and cardio. I like hiking, swimming, being active. It clears your mind and it’s a good way to decompress.

— Ashley Greene

I did swimming, gymnastics, dance, and the acting was just a small part. I didn’t have pushy parents it wasn’t forced upon me. They just said, ‘See if you like it. If you do, great if you don’t, don’t worry about it.’ I was really fortunate to have that guidance and supportive parents.

— Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Only recently have I been introduced to the gym and heavy weightlifting and things like that. Before that, when I grew up, I just did a lot of gymnastics and dance. I had more of an athletic background, but nothing where I was in the gym or using any kind of weights.

— Aaron Taylor-Johnson

If you agree to do a sex scene, you have to be willing to not be awkward about it. C’mon! I don’t think of it as anything other than a dance, really. I don’t see that person. I don’t think of me being me.

— Aaron Taylor-Johnson

During ‘Saturday Night Fever’ at the end of the first act dance number I tried to perform a split-jump, only I can’t do them so I ended up on my ass followed by the most unsightly backward roll out of it, followed by the cast falling over in laughter and a good portion of the audience too.

— Adam Garcia

I think ‘Tap Dogs’ has lasted so long because people have a natural interest in tap dancing. This form of dancing can’t be dated, it’s such an intriguing form of dance because the feet are also an an instrument.

— Adam Garcia

I want to make music that will make the blood surge in your veins, music that will get people up and dance.

— Alex Kapranos

Growing up, others girls wanted to dance and help their mums with the cooking. I liked to play soccer with the boys. Or I’d be off on my own, tilting mirrors towards the sun in order to burn armies of ants. That was my idea of fun.

— Ali Larter

I was able to actually combine dance and acting, which was a dream come true.

— Alicia Vikander

You know, if you really want to fiddle the old-time way, you’ve got to learn the dance. The contra-dances, hoedowns. It’s all in the rhythm of the bow. The great North Carolina fiddle player Tommy Jarrell said, ‘If a feller can’t bow, he’ll never make a fiddler. He might make a violin player, but he’ll never make no fiddler.’

— Alison Krauss

When it’s wet, you’re much more tense on the steering wheel, you have to dance with the throttle and the brakes more. Each lap is a different scenario, so you’re really on the edge of your nerves. One mistake could cost you the entire race.

— Allan McNish

In rap music, even though the element of poetry is very strong, so is the element of the drum, the implication of the dance. Without the beat, its commercial value would certainly be more tenuous.

— Archie Shepp

When I was little I used to dance and model and that was fun. But I was always the person that was goofing off and I would memorize every line in every movie that I saw. And at recess that’s what I would do, I would talk to my friends and recite movies.

— Ashley Benson

My goal? To test out every diet and exercise regimen on planet earth and figure out which work best. I sweated, I cooked, I learned to pole dance. In the end, I lost weight, lowered my cholesterol and doubled my energy level. I feel better than I ever have.

— A. J. Jacobs

I always promised myself if I ever got the chance to do a ‘Flashdance’-type of movie, I would do my own dancing. I can say with pride that every single dance move in ‘Go For It!’ is my own dance move.

— Aimee Garcia

I’m the youngest of five kids, and I wanted attention. And in Santa Barbara, there was lots of theater going on, so for that area, it was a little bit like playing Little League baseball. There were dance classes, theater classes, and I just loved it.

— Anthony Edwards

Well, I took ballet for many, many years, so my whole childhood really revolved around dance class. I grew up around dance my mother was a dancer.

— Amy Sherman-Palladino

Frankly, I think that’s something that black people in America have often done – finding ways under very, very difficult circumstances to be subversive, but also to push things forward. And I think that applies to music. I think it applies to dance. I think it applies to a number of things.

— Andre Holland

I don’t set goals. Like, that’s what I want to be doing however many years from now. I do what I love to do at the moment. If I wake up tomorrow and decide I want to dance, that’s what I’d do. Or design clothes.

— Ayumi Hamasaki

I do what I love to do at the moment. If I wake up tomorrow and decide I want to dance, that’s what I’d do. Or design clothes. I think I’d throw myself into whatever I’m doing now. It’s not about abandoning what I was doing before, or giving up. It’s about knowing that if I die tomorrow, I lived the way I wanted to.

— Ayumi Hamasaki

I think it started since I was born, I always had a need to express myself, you know, as a human being, and I found that it felt right when I expressed myself through art, dance, through acting, so it kind of happened naturally.

— Alex Meraz

The juke joint, the honky tonk, and the ballroom also represent one more thing, anthropologically speaking: a ceremonial context for the male-with-female-duet dance flirtation and embrace, upon which the zoological survival of the human species has always been predicated.

— Albert Murray

I’ve always known that I wanted to sing, and I wanted to dance, and I wanted to act.

— Alex Newell

Nobody who knows me would believe this, but I was always the life of the party. Oh, how I loved to sing and dance, and we had good times. Good clean fun it was, too.

— Alex Spanos

I wasn’t like a Hollywood child actor – ‘I’m five! I can sing, I can dance, I can act! I wanna be a star!’

— Alexander Skarsgard

As a dancer, I know couples that have stayed married but separated to dance on different continents. Dance in general, but ballet in particular, is such a finite career. You can’t do it later in life, and it’s something that I think a dancer has to have some selfishness to fulfill.

— Amanda Schull

In order to dance professionally, you have to start at a young age. No matter what, your muscle structure and your bones have to be groomed from a very young age. Nobody wakes up at 17 and decides to become a ballet dancer.

— Amanda Schull

Acting for screen is very different from acting on stage, and then obviously when you dance… everything is a physical embodiment. But the discipline is the same approach. You have to take both things seriously nothing well-crafted is by mistake.

— Amanda Schull

The best pop music is the songs that a group of people can dance to, but you can also listen to in your bed and cry. That’s something obviously that The Beatles started and… so having that darkness there opens another door.

— Andrew Dost

Women in music have always been associated with pop – with prettiness, theatricality, melodic hooks and dance beats.

— Ann Powers

Oh, I got totally misquoted saying I can dance like Rihanna. I can’t! What I did say is that I enjoy a dance-off with my stepdaughter and her friends.

— Anna Maxwell Martin

The body moves through space every day, and in architecture in cities that can be orchestrated. Not in a dictatorial fashion, but in a way of creating options, open-ended sort of personal itineraries within a building. And I see that as akin to cinematography or choreography, where episodic movement, episodic moments, occur in dance and film.

— Antoine Predock

From a young age, I was encouraged to sing, dance and learn folk and popular songs in Spanish.

— Ailyn Perez

I love music, and I loved dance music immediately. So I bought some equipment and started making my own. When I started this, I didn’t say, ‘okay I’m going to do this step and then this step’ to become popular. I just created music that I loved.

— Armin van Buuren

Holland was one of the first countries to adopt dance music into their culture, and we were the first ones to have really big raves. I grew up in that atmosphere in the early 1990s, and I was very interested in how dance music was made.

— Armin van Buuren

When I was 4, my parents took me to see a musical, and I was like, ‘I want to do that!’ I started doing all sorts of musical camps and a lot of professional theater. I took dance classes for 10 years, too – I was never the most amazing kid in the other classes, but tap stuck with me for some reason.

— Aubrey Peeples

Telling people that I wanted to make dance music, or be on the radio, they looked at me like I was crazy because there was nothing like that in Lichtenstein when I was getting started. That’s why I went to Germany, because there is industry there.

— Al Walser

I grew up next to the ocean, on the coast, and would dance the salsa all day, so I just learned those rhythms and knew how to move my body when I was very little.

— Ana de la Reguera

In terms of the organic feel and the love for noises, I definitely feel more connected to Four Tet and Fennesz, as any dance floor artist. I do like some dancey stuff like Martyn when I DJ, but I draw my inspiration from other things.

— Apparat

If you want to make people dance, you need to follow certain rules. Build-ups and breaks and stuff. I like to be free. On top of it all, I never really felt that I’m good at making fat-sounding dance tracks.

— Apparat

The moment in between what you once were, and who you are now becoming, is where the dance of life really takes place.

— Barbara De Angelis

I think if you take ‘Get Ready,’ ‘Waiting For The Siren’s Call,’ ‘Lost Sirens’ – those three New Order albums were mostly guitar-based. There were a couple of dance tunes in there, but they were mainly guitar-oriented. They came about through jamming, a lot of them.

— Bernard Sumner

I think New Order have got their own sound. But what we like to do is experiment, using dance music and other things.

— Bernard Sumner

If you’re driving around or at home with the stereo blasting pure dance track, it gets boring within about 15 minutes. It doesn’t work at home like it does in a nightclub. You’ve got no atmosphere.

— Bernard Sumner

All of us kids ended up ‘doing Mom.’ There are four of us who’ve tried show business. Five if you insist on counting my sister the nun, who does liturgical dance.

— Bill Murray

Cummings’ career as a writer – and a painter – was as wobbly as his love life. He tried his hand at playwriting, satirical essays, and even a dance scenario for Lincoln Kirsten.

— Billy Collins

Living in a zoo means it wasn’t always sparkly dresses, but I would still dress up. I had this pink sparkly dress and fairy wings, and I’d put those on and then go and dance in the zoo.

— Bindi Irwin

My best friend was a magpie goose, and my magpie goose would follow me around, and we’d dance in the zoo together. Then I’d be covered in mud!

— Bindi Irwin

After the horse dance was over, it seemed that I was above the ground and did not touch it when I walked.

— Black Elk

You remember that my great vision came to me when I was only nine years old, and you have seen that I was not much good for anything until after I had performed the horse dance near the mouth of the Tongue River during my eighteenth summer.

— Black Elk

When I have bad days, I just eat lots of chocolate ice cream and dance to the ‘Lion King’ soundtrack. It’s really odd, but it’s true.

— Blake Lively

I was in a show choir. I can’t sing or dance to save my life, but I was very passionate. People said my parents paid the choir director to let me in. It was actually the parents who started that one!

— Blake Lively

My parents called me the WB frog. Because when I was onstage, I would do this whole song and dance, but if my parents had a family friend over, I would just go hide in the bedroom.

— Brie Larson

You could put me on a stage in front of 100 people, and I could do a tap dance, but one-on-one was really difficult for me. And it took me most of my life to learn how to work with that anxiety, to embrace and be comfortable with it.

— Brie Larson

Basmati Blues’ deals with a great social issue, GMOs, but it’s told through love and song and dance.

— Brie Larson

I was always too afraid to slow dance. But I do remember watching people slow dance. I was the guy on the sidelines. At the school dance, I was usually in the band, playing.

— Babyface

String theory has the potential to show that all of the wondrous happenings in the universe – from the frantic dance of subatomic quarks to the stately waltz of orbiting binary stars from the primordial fireball of the big bang to the majestic swirl of heavenly galaxies – are reflections of one, grand physical principle, one master equation.

— Brian Greene

I think dance in any culture, in any form, is a true leveler.

— Baz Luhrmann

My song ‘Play It Again’ is a perfect example of my music because the verses go so hard, and they’re so urban and then this pop hook comes out of nowhere and socks you in the face and makes you want to dance.

— Becky G

On Christmas Eve, we have a duck or roast pork with caramelised potatoes, braised red cabbage and gravy. For dessert, we have ris a l’amande, a rice pudding, and whoever gets the whole almond in it wins an extra present. Then we dance around the tree and sing carols.

— Birgitte Hjort Sorensen

Live like you’ll die tomorrow, work like you don’t need the money, and dance like nobody’s watching.

— Bob Fosse

It’s a blessing as an artist to express myself – whether that be via dance, via song or via speech – in so many different ways.

— Bebe Neuwirth

In the little rural town I grew up in, I missed out on the pop music of the time, the ’80s, and now enjoy in retrospect. It’s as an adult that I’ve opened it up to dance, hip-hop, R&B, and even big pop songs.

— Bill Clegg

I used to dance, but now I only move.

— Ben Vereen

I don’t dance like I used to, but I’m moving and I’ll be doing my form of dance at Town Hall… I hit my limitations but I learn to work with what I’ve got.

— Ben Vereen

Well, for me, the real excitement of doing physical things in films, whether you’re talking about a fight scene or a stunt sequence or even a love scene, for that matter, is by necessity it has to be choreographed very much like a dance. That being said, you have to rehearse it over and over again and find a mathematical precision.

— Benjamin Bratt

Dance never really goes away it just reforms and reinvents, and it’s become more athletic with new connection to fitness and sport. Dance used to have this exclusivity, but not any more.

— Bonnie Langford

I just have to express myself somehow, either through singing, dance or fitness. You get sick of it you have days where you think you don’t want to do it, but generally after I’ve done something, I feel better. That’s why I do the exercise: to earn my bar of chocolate and cappuccino.

— Bonnie Langford

I love to laugh and dance. That’s kind of my nature, though I end up always playing these angry, depressing characters.

— Brendan Sexton III

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

— Beau Mirchoff

I fell in love with Crawford because when she was twenty or twenty five, she would dance and talk and sing and do the things that Peppy’s character needs to do.

— Berenice Bejo

From the beginning, I wanted to make dance music with a human element to it.

— Beth Orton

Growing up in Minnesota, I had a lot of freedom to run around, and we had go-carts and four-wheelers and all that stuff. I like that adrenalin-rush stuff. I did a little bit of dance, but mostly sports.

— Beth Riesgraf

My background is in dance. No, I’m kidding. I was actually really uncoordinated as a child, when it came to dance, but I did play a lot of sports, and I do some break-dancing from time-to-time. No, I really don’t.

— Beth Riesgraf

Yeah, I always listen to both classic and newer folk-influenced music. Singer-songwriter, alternative music. I also listen to more experimental dance music.

— Brad Delson

I did grow up in France, and even though I didn’t go to the school or dance with the Paris Opera Ballet, I absorbed similar ideas in my training. I understand the scale of a big company. I danced for one for almost 20 years.

— Benjamin Millepied

Y’know, smile, dance, get crazy… we sure do while we’re making it, because music is our leeezshure it’s my fun.

— Bernard Edwards

Acting was a lot like football. When you’re a DB and you’re one on one with a receiver, you’re going to dance. It’s go-time in front of 100,000 people and everybody watching on TV. That’s exactly how it is when a director says ‘Action!’ It’s the same adrenaline rush, the same training process. I love it.

— Brian J. White

I have my own dance and production companies, and acting is my creative outlet. It’s what I’m passionate about. I’ve actually created a lifestyle where I could act for free. I could get a job to pay the bills and act on the weekends to make me smile.

— Brian J. White

I couldn’t enjoy ‘A Dance With Dragons,’ unfortunately. Of course, I enjoyed it, but it was the first of the books I read as a writer on ‘Game of Thrones,’ so all I could do is think, ‘We’re going to have to shift that,’ ‘We won’t be able to afford that,’ or ‘That’s a great scene.’

— Bryan Cogman

My dad and I used to do movie marathons when I was a kid at the Chinese Theatre, and I just remember thinking, ‘One day I want to have a movie here’ And then later on, when ‘Save The Last Dance’ premiered there, that was definitely a full circle moment.

— Bianca Lawson

I always knew I wanted to dance. I started ballet when I was three years old, and I just knew it was something that I loved and that I wanted to do.

— Bianca Marroquin

On Saturday afternoons, there was a film, of course, and then we did about four shows between the films. And I would do a tap dance, a little military tap.

— Barbara Cook

That’s what I’ve wanted to do my whole life, just act. When I was younger, I loved to entertain people. I always used to make up dance routines, do little plays. I love to perform, basically.

— Cara Delevingne

Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.

— Carl Sandburg

My job in this life is to give people spiritual ecstasy through music. In my concerts people cry, laugh, dance. If they climaxed spiritually, I did my job. I did it decently and honestly.

— Carlos Santana

The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music, and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable. Dancing is poetry with arms and legs.

— Charles Baudelaire

Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meanderings, but leads none of us by the same route.

— Charles Caleb Colton

I have not worked out my poems with a careful will, falling rather on haphazard and blind formulation of wordage, a more flowing concept, in a hope for a more new and lively path. I do personalize at times, but this only for the grace and elan of the dance.

— Charles Bukowski

I swear to God, if you saw me when I am by myself in the woods, I’m a lunatic. I sing, I dance.

— Chris Evans

Bollywood stars are versatile they not only act, but each one has the dance skills of John Travolta in ‘Saturday Night Fever.’

— Christian Louboutin

I think variety is the spice of sticking with an exercise routine, whether it’s getting a dance tape one day, or getting a tape with those stretchy things to work with resistance on a different day.

— Christie Brinkley

No, but way before that, I’ve been doing little dances in movies for years. Yeah, that was an amazing chance. You know, at my age to be able to do a music dance video, very unusual.

— Christopher Walken

I never had vocal lessons, dance classes, or any of the things my peers had.

— Ciara

I didn’t think I’d ever be a Michael Jackson fan. But… watching him move, watching him dance, is so encouraging for me. Because, in my mind, I can do all that stuff.

— Clarence Clemons

The death industry markets caskets and embalming under the rubric of helping bodies look ‘natural,’ but our current death customs are as natural as training majestic creatures like bears and elephants to dance in cute little outfits, or erecting replicas of the Eiffel Tower and Venetian canals in the middle of the harsh American desert.

— Caitlin Doughty

My father is a silent cinema freak, so he took me to 1925 silent films that took forever, like 5-hour movies, but I’ve seen a lot of that stuff since I was young. And then I saw the film ‘Annie,’ and I just wanted to be Annie I just wanted to be that orphan kid and wanted to sing and dance.

— Carice van Houten

I was performing in this burlesque group, and we would go to dance rehearsals every day. You’d use every part of your body. Even though some of it is slow, it takes a lot of muscle to be able to dip down and come back up.

— Carmen Electra

I learned jazz that comes from blues. I learned rock that comes from blues. I learned pop that comes from blues. Even dance, that comes from blues, with the answer-and-response.

— Cyndi Lauper

Lady Gaga? She’s cool! She works really hard. When we would have our dance rehearsals, she wasn’t the singer that was like, ‘Oh, I’ll just stand in front.’ She wanted to learn everything – she was doing the dance moves. She’s a good dancer.

— Caity Lotz

I’ve danced my whole life. Martial arts is just fun for me, it’s all choreographed a bit like dance. I have done Muay Thai and Wushu, which is cool because it’s very fluid dance. I also do Tricking. It’s kind of like Taekwondo with the big kicks and flips and showier aspects of martial arts.

— Caity Lotz

Look at Austen. In her novels, you get a dance, followed by an encounter, followed by a letter, then a period of solitude. No flashbacks and no backstory. Let’s have no more back story!

— Colm Toibin

I do love dance music. I love Daft Punk. I mean, I was a child in the ’80s, so bands like the Eurythmics and just so many great ’80s bands were dance bands, but they had the whole soul thing happening, too.

— Corin Tucker

I loved ‘Rock Lobster.’ I probably heard ‘Rock Lobster’ first at a party or dance. Then we would do the Rock Lobster – get down on the floor and do the whole dance. I thought that was really cool and exciting, that there was actually a band that had their own dance at that point.

— Corin Tucker

When you understand how to do that dance, when the photographer says, ‘Hold it, do it,’ and you know you’re getting it right, oh, the fun. It is fun.

— Carmen Dell’Orefice

I understood that synergistic dance between photographer and object – ‘muse,’ if you will, ‘model,’ whatever you call us. It’s that silent language of communication, like being psychic with each other.

— Carmen Dell’Orefice

I do a one-hour workout called Drenched, a cardio-boxing fitness routine, Monday through Friday. There are usually between twenty-five and fifty people there – everyone from stay-at-home moms and professional martial artists to teenagers and seniors. They play great dance music. When I can, I take two classes back-to-back.

— Carrie Ann Inaba

I went through this phase where I thought pink and purple matched. To dance class, I’d wear purple tights and pink leg warmers and paint my shoes purple. It was really odd.

— Carrie Ann Inaba

I come from a dancing background, and I know it’s stereotypical, but I would dance because I wasn’t comfortable speaking to people.

— Carrie Ann Inaba

As an actor, you really want to respect and honor the script. You want to try to be in the moment and you also realize that you’re one part of a bigger picture and when they call action, you have your dance.

— Carrie-Anne Moss

I left school the day I turned 16, the earliest day I legally could. Determined to follow a life on stage, preferably with some dance connection, I applied for and won a place at the local drama school. I was on my way.

— Celia Imrie

If I talk about Charles Dance I am talking about something else, something I operate and wind up and have to make an impression with and use to transmit someone else’s screenplay.

— Charles Dance

When I play it I look out and see people hold on to each other and dance or just couples leaning into each other and kiss. And I’ll go: ‘You know, I could have worked hard at school and been a dentist. But I’m so glad I didn’t.’ Because when I look out and see that I feel like the Pied Piper of love.

— Chris Isaak

Most people in the Western world grow up with the received wisdom that Mozart was a genius. But few people necessarily know why. More than anyone else, he captured this something which is the human condition, the fine line that we all constantly dance between joy and pain, between absolute happiness and absolute heartbreak.

— Charles Hazlewood

There’s a great club in London called The Secret Sundays, and it’s on a Sunday afternoon and it’s outdoors, and it’s mainly Italians that go, and they all look great, and they’re dancing on the tables, and life’s a party, and they’re totally into the music, going mental, and that’s when dance music is really fantastic, I think.

— Chris Lowe

My vision is that I’m living to see two more daughters get married, dance at their weddings and then lift the Lombardi Trophy several times.

— Chuck Pagano

I went to UCLA for a year and a quarter. There were too many students at UCLA interested in what I was interested in, and they couldn’t accommodate all of us. I wasn’t allowed to take voice or dance, only theater and acting. So I saved my money and, at 19, moved to New York.

— Casey Nicholaw

Sometimes you feel like people go, ‘Oh, he just does funny dances,’ or ‘That’s cute.’ It drives me a little crazy when someone does a dance number where all they do is kick to their head for five minutes, and everyone’s like, ‘That choreography is amazing.’ It takes a lot to choreograph a number that also gets laughs in it.

— Casey Nicholaw

It wasn’t until I found my tribe of artists – people who were outspoken and not afraid to say what they thought, whether in a song or a dance or a piece of classical music – that I found a refuge.

— Cote de Pablo

Starting at age four, my mom decided that she was not going to have an idle child in the house. So I started taking dance lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and then I was in acting classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and I was also modeling on Saturdays. And that was my childhood.

— Chandra Wilson

When I graduated from high school, I made the decision to pursue my dance training in London, England. I was so scared at first, not knowing if this little girl from small town Canada could possibly make it with these highly trained London dancers.

— Catherine Mary Stewart

Jazz in the 1920s and ’30s was dance music, teenage music for parties, for being wild and young. There’s this punk feeling I really love. It was something so radical and different and new and not codified. People didn’t have a definition of what they were doing.

— Cecile McLorin Salvant

It was something I was more interested in myself. When I went to see my sister dance at ballet, I was really into costumes and the arts, and my family was also supportive of whatever me and my sister wanted to do. I would say I pushed myself the most to be into design.

— Christian Siriano

I went to prom with my boyfriend, but after the dance he left me at a party all by myself. It was awful!

— Crystal Reed

Here’s the thing, back in the day, a lot of guys would make fun of me, that I would sing and dance, that I was a cheerleader. But I kept my head on straight. I had goals.

— Carlos Pena, Jr.

I started dancing ballet when I was very young, so my background really is dance. But I remember loving the feeling of being on a stage and having a love for performing from a young age.

— Caroline Sunshine

Use the creative process – singing, writing, art, dance, whatever – to get to know yourself better.

— Catie Curtis

Sometimes, at parties, people demand I tell a joke. It’s like pointing a gun at my feet and telling me to dance.

— Celia Rivenbark

I grew up dancing, and for a while in college, I was a gym rat. I finally realized… I’m going to create a little more balance in my life and make exercise something that I enjoy doing. So I went back to dance when I started doing more musical theatre, and I’ve just found that it’s the best thing that works for my body.

— Christine Lakin

Nineties music was what I grew up with, and I want to make music that’s soulful but that you can also dance and drive to.

— Conrad Sewell

I was the lead in two musicals, and I took dance classes.

— Corbin Bleu

When I perform, I like to wear funky flats, leather boots or knee-high Converse with bright laces. Then I can dance and not worry about falling.

— China Anne McClain

How I long to fall just a little bit, to dance out of the lines and stray from the light.

— Dar Williams

Dance music is no longer a simple Donna Summer beat. It’s become a whole language that I find fascinating and exciting. Eventually, it will lose the dance tag and join the fore of rock.

— David Bowie

I cannot sing, dance or act what else would I be but a talk show host.

— David Letterman

I think it’s one thing to be able to dance, and it’s another thing to learn all the wonderful moments of dance because in my day… it was the moving of dance.

— Debbie Reynolds

That’s what I love about dance. It makes you happy, fully happy.

— Debbie Reynolds

I loved music and dance, and that was exciting to me.

— Debbie Reynolds

I like to dance and sing when there’s no one around, but, if I’m out, I’m really shy about it. So it takes a lot to get me going, but I enjoy being around music.

— Derek Jeter

When I was a kid, I had ambitions for being a television announcer, which was before television took off, you know, in the late ’40s. And just through necessity, going out looking for work, I was starting to sing, and dance, and act, and I never expected to do that, nor to have any success at it at least.

— Dick Van Dyke

I asked Fred Astaire once when he was about my age if he still danced, and he said ‘Yes, but it hurts now.’ That’s exactly it. I can still dance, too, but it hurts now!

— Dick Van Dyke

When I auditioned for ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ on Broadway, Gower Champion said, ‘You’ve got the job!’ I said, ‘Mr. Champion, I can’t dance.’ He said, ‘We’ll teach you what you need to know.’

— Dick Van Dyke

Everyone should dance. And everyone should sing. People say, ‘Well, I can’t sing.’ Everybody can sing. That you do it badly is no reason not to sing.

— Dick Van Dyke

People who dance well, dress well, are well groomed and know how to behave seem to know others who dance, dress and behave well.

— Don Cornelius

Life is like dancing. If we have a big floor, many people will dance. Some will get angry when the rhythm changes. But life is changing all the time.

— Don Miguel Ruiz

That’s a traditional Samoan dance. I was lucky that I was able to fly my cousins, who are professional dancers, up from Hawaii and they were able to be in the movie with me. We had a great time.

— Dwayne Johnson

I grew up in a musical family the majority of my growing up was done in Hawaii. It’s what we do. You sing, you dance, you play ukulele and you drink.

— Dwayne Johnson

When I’m running, I like to listen to dance music and hip-hop.

— Dylan Lauren

I don’t like the NFL, where I think it’s a problem: some guy scores a touchdown, now he’s got some kind of dance that he planned. To me, I just want to change the channel.

— D. B. Sweeney

I was always an introvert as a kid. Then, when I first kind of came out as a human being, I used to be one of those guys who’d go nuts on the dance floor, and people would gather around.

— Daryl Hall

Having a dance background, I became used to rejection at an early age. Dance is very competitive, especially for a sensitive person like me. But I realized it’s better not to take it so seriously. If you beat yourself up, it’s hard to keep going.

— Dianna Agron

In high school, I taught dance classes for 3-year-olds up to 16-year-olds, so between that and some bat mitzvah money, I saved up a pretty good nest egg to move to L.A.

— Dianna Agron

I think if I hadn’t had the dance background, it would have been much harder as a kid to be like, ‘I’m going to be an actress.’ But you’re involved with one area of the arts and other things interest you. It feels like an easier move.

— Dianna Agron

I didn’t take the typical path and go to college after high school. Instead, I saved up money from teaching dance classes and moved to L.A. But my family was so supportive – I never felt pressure from them. It’s crucial to find a support system, even if it’s not your family.

— Dianna Agron

I use something that is a real staple in the directing world. It’s called a dance floor. You lay it down so that it’s so smooth you can roll around, and you can put furniture on top of it. It’s seamless and you don’t see it.

— Debbie Allen

If I see somebody dancing really well, it can make me want to dance. Or it could be the music. But perhaps the thing I miss the most is that when you’re dancing, everyday concerns vanish. It’s a unique world.

— Damian Woetzel

I traveled so much to dance that I feel a part of many places, but New York is where I spent most of my life and where my career has been – it’s the place where I exist.

— Damian Woetzel

Dancing was one of the hobbies my brother and I had when we were kids, and dance ended up being the one that stuck. I dropped everything else until that was what was left in the end.

— Damian Woetzel

The challenge is maintaining your interest over a long career, as opposed to pushing hard with no longevity. I’m surprised that I’ve been able to dance as long as I have.

— Damian Woetzel

I think a lot of people don’t realize that martial arts are just an expression like anything else. It’s just that most people are not trained to punch or kick, but you can walk or run or dance, which is also part of expression.

— Donnie Yen

An action choreographer is kind of like a dance choreographer. You choreograph the moves and you let the director, cinematographer take into positioning their cameras.

— Donnie Yen

Dancehall has always had a homophobic problem, but you go to dance parties in Jamaica, and some of the biggest dancers are kinda gay, just not outspoken about it. Dancehall was the first kind of music I was DJing, and it was always more about the rhythm.

— Diplo

So, it becomes an exercise in futility if you write something that does not express the film as the director wishes. It’s still their ball game. It’s their show. I think any successful composer learns how to dance around the director’s impulses.

— Danny Elfman

I’ve always wanted to introduce hip-hop filmmaking to film. There’s hip-hop art, dance, music, but there really isn’t hip-hop film. So I was trying to do that.

— Darren Aronofsky

Mennonites are very conservative. They don’t drink, dance, smoke, go to movies. I grew up in a very conservative faith-based community.

— David A. R. White

I come from a school of people, folk singers, and the tradition there is troubadours, and you’re carrying a message. Now admittedly, our job is partly just to make you boogie, just make you want to dance. Part of our job is to take you on a little voyage, tell you a story.

— David Crosby

So dance music is now pop music. So now, as a dance producer, what do I have to do? So I’m starting to do alien music, because pop is not pop anymore we need to go alien to be independent.

— David Guetta

Every company has its own texture, vocabulary, and singular place in dance history, and I have always wanted to share my perspective of these world renowned institutions.

— David Hallberg

Whether it be through television, or through music, or through dance, or through film, whatever it is, as long as it’s the right project that makes sense, then I’m all for it.

— Derek Hough

I did a dance sequence in my second short film, which was my best short film, called ‘Hairway to the Stars,’ and I think Chris Wink, the founder of Blue Man Group, was in that. It’s a black-and-white dance sequence. We were Glorious Food waiters together.

— David O. Russell

Look at where I lived! Four blocks from Lincoln Center. I used to play in the fountain. And then I started taking dance lessons. I was in ‘The Nutcracker’ for the N.Y. City Ballet when I was 8 and dancing in ‘The Firebird’ for George Balanchine when I was 9. Believe me, that’s something you don’t ever forget.

— Diane Paulus

He doesn’t make it so complicated but just really allows the lyric to come through even though there’s a lot of production going on. I think that’s the key and that’s the magic, it’s making sure that people could still connect with the lyrics while they’re on the dance floor.

— Deborah Cox

I always thought that it was every performer’s dream. That’s the epitome of being an artist, being able to express song, dance and acting in a live theatre setting and really connecting with an audience on that level.

— Deborah Cox

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.

— Deborah Cox

For me, it’s like biking around the neighborhood, the walks and stuff, because I have never enjoyed the gym. Or I’ll do, since I used to dance a lot, all the old dance exercises.

— Delta Burke

I’m not a song and dance man, so you’re not going to see me on ‘Glee’ anytime soon. If you want that show to continue, keep me far away from it.

— Dean Cain

I am always telling students that a story is not just words. You can tell a story with dance or paint or music. Kids and adults are visual learners, auditory learners. There are those of us who need to touch it. Storytelling encompasses so much more than words on paper.

— Deborah Wiles

As a children’s author, you get to advocate for reading and writing in general, in a way an adult author might not be able to. It’s a really interesting dance we do to get literature into the hands of young people and to help them to become literate and become readers we want them to grow up reading and continue to do so when they’re adults.

— Deborah Wiles

But I’m tone deaf – window-shattering tone deaf. I can’t sing for the life of me. I can’t sing or dance, so no remake of ‘Grease’ for me!

— Dev Patel

I started playing with a group of young people when I was 13. I turned professional when I was 15 and I played dance halls, this on bass guitar.

— Dave Holland

Here in New Orleans, what a lot of the musical families do – and this is a romantic concept on my part – is they teach their kids to tap dance first. Then after tap dance, you learn piano, and after piano, you get to pick between all the instruments that are out there.

— Dave Pirner

Over at the Olivia Pope & Associates set, we’re like middle school children. Every time there’s a cut in the action, we joke and dance around there’s show tunes and fart noises.

— Darby Stanchfield

I do take class because I still dance, and yes, I do slip into class with the Royal Ballet from time to time.

— Deborah Bull

As a kid, I loved leading ‘dance camp’ in my garage for the neighborhood kids. I would choreograph really intricate routines for us to perform. It was so much fun!

— Daniella Monet

Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon intimidated us all because she walked in and was going to be the dance captain. She was a great star, but she loved that kind of work as his assistant.

— Donna McKechnie

Doing a musical is not just acting. It’s total theater. When you have to justify the enormous projection of energy it takes to just go into song and dance, you realized why it’s such a humbling experience every time you go into a show.

— Donna McKechnie

It takes a lifetime of devotion to build your craft, your confidence, and the ability to sing and dance and act believably.

— Donna McKechnie

To go back to visit the early days with Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon, when she was the dance captain of ‘How to Succeed,’ and finding them again 25 years later and working with them on ‘Charity.’ That was really great fun.

— Donna McKechnie

My daughter just graduated college and she’s a dance major. She’s done a couple of dance videos already and won Miss Massachusetts a couple of weeks ago. She’s going out for Miss United States the second week of July, out in Las Vegas. She will probably wind up going to New York and trying the Broadway thing.

— Doug Flutie

I do eventually want to get back into performing, but right now it’s more fun for me to dance for myself.

— Dule Hill

I’m a tap dancer. Once you’re a tap dancer, you’re always a tap dancer. In ‘After Midnight,’ I get to dance, but I don’t do a full tap number.

— Dule Hill

As long as I have my feet, I can dance you know what I’m saying?

— Dule Hill

In terms of theater, I would love to go back to do theater. If I could find something for me to do that fits in with the ‘Psych’ off-season, I’m game. I would like to do theater where I get to act and dance.

— Dule Hill

Because I could dance, my folks went through hell so I could be in movies. But I didn’t dance in pictures. I cried! At one point I had polio, which I believe was a result of the stress I felt in the studios.

— David Holt

I love all types of music. I love top 40 dance pop, hip-hop, I don’t even know what they call it now. I’m a huge fan of all that.

— Dustin Lynch

My parents liked to go dancing, and they encouraged all of us to bring our friends home. My brother had a skiffle group, and there would often be dancing in the house. And my parents would come and dance with us.

— Diana Quick

I can do Shakespeare, Ibsen, English accents, Irish accents, no accent, stand on my head, tap dance, sing, look 17 or look 70.

— Diane Ladd

I’ve just become obsessed with ballroom dancing. I signed up for the introductory course, which was like a four-week thing. By the end of it, I was hooked. I love it. It’s sort of flirty, but it’s not sexual. I can’t quit until I’ve got it down and I can really dance. I’m there four or five times a week.

— David Sutcliffe

It’s something that I learned even before I started acting: the movement, the dance of the body, is very important, and it comes before words.

— Denis Lavant

It’s all about the sensuality of movement, every movement you make. That’s why I love doing action movies. It’s all about movement, dance – even if you’re hitting someone in the face. You’ve got to sell it all with great passion. There’s a narrative to the body. It’s exactly the same as dance.

— DeObia Oparei

I always wanted to experience what performance would be like without the fourth wall, so I formed a company in Australia, and we did avant-garde theater, playing with gender norms, conversations about race – we just had a box of issues that we wanted to subvert with our stories, with dance.

— DeObia Oparei

Except for Carrie Bradshaw’s in the opening credits of ‘Sex and the City,’ I don’t know if the tutu has ever really been trendy, but I want to wear one. I want to dance around in it, and I want that to be socially acceptable.

— Devin Kelley

I never danced a step in my life so naturally. My first motion picture was a musical, and Bob Fosse was the choreographer. I didn’t exactly dance for Fosse, I just did the best that I could to do what he taught us to do.

— Dick York

The best part of the high school in Hastings must have been the Music Department. Its orchestra and concert band did well in county competitions, and the dance band formed by its students was the best in the region. I played lead trumpet in all of them.

— Edmund Phelps

I’m attracted to soccer’s capacity for beauty. When well played, the game is a dance with a ball.

— Eduardo Galeano

Panamanian boxing is unique – it’s very musical. It’s almost like a dance. It has a lot to do with being in the Caribbean and with salsa. When you see a Panamanian boxer, there’s a style. There’s a playfulness in the way you throw the punches.

— Edgar Ramirez

It used to be said that when the Baal Shem Tov came into a town, his impact was so strong, he didn’t have to speak. His disciples had to dance or to sing or to preach to have the same effect. I think a real messenger, myself or anyone, by the very fact that he is there as a person, as a symbol, could have the same impact.

— Elie Wiesel

People have hearts, they have kids, they get jobs, they get sick, they cry, they dance. They live, they love, and they die. And that matters.

— Elizabeth Warren

Would you just strap some toe shoes on and dance ‘Swan Lake?’ No. Would you just put a violin in your hand and – ? No. I felt that way about acting, and I was taught to feel that way. I didn’t come to it on my own.

— Ellen Barkin

If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.

— Emma Goldman

I dance a lot and I run and do yoga and play field hockey and tennis. I like to be active. I don’t always have time for that stuff, but I do always feel better afterward.

— Emma Watson

I enjoy his concerts and OK, maybe – I can’t sing, I can’t dance, I can’t play the guitar, but I am going to go a long way if I keep following Springsteen.

— Enda Kenny

People like the shows I do. I want to be real, to have fun, even when I dance on stage… it’s a buzz.

— Estelle

They said that Etta James is still vulgar. I said, Oh, how dare them say I’m still vulgar. I’m vulgar because I dance in the chair. What would they want me to do? Want me to just be still or something like that? I’ve got to do something.

— Etta James

I like to dance, but it’s not my weekend activity. I’m not a clubber.

— Ewan McGregor

I love to dance. Don’t get me started, because you will never get me to stop.

— Evangeline Lilly

Well, number one I like dancing. Number two I knew it would be challenging because I had never done this type of dance before. I always wanted to and I happened to have the courage to go out there and give it my best shot.

— Evander Holyfield

My running style was kind of just head-on, because I couldn’t dance.

— Earl Campbell

Whenever I went to a wedding or a party, girls kept complaining about their shoes. I love to dance, and I wanted them to have shoes they could keep on all night.

— Edgardo Osorio

I’m an actor. I’m a singer. And I dance. To be able to do all these things is amazing. And to have similar-minded people all around you, doing what you love, is even more amazing.

— Elijah Kelley

I can dance – I can dance a little bit. I can move. I don’t – I’m not a – I don’t proclaim to be a dancer, but I can move. But instruments, playing the drums, I probably play the drums better than I walk, better than I do anything.

— Elijah Kelley

I’m always working out I did ice hockey in high school, but I’m not a dance person. I mean, this was horrible, but I had a dance double in my high-school musical.

— Eliza Coupe

The battle scenes in ‘Gladiator’ don’t have the exultant lift of Hong Kong period-action pictures like the ‘Once Upon a Time in China’ series, where the fights have the eye-popping panache of dance sequences from a musical.

— Elvis Mitchell

No movie influenced me more to go after my dreams than ‘Flashdance.’ After seeing it, I took 15 dance lessons a week. I cut all my sweatshirts. I did the ‘Maniac’ thing.

— Elizabeth Berkley

There’s music to dance to and make love to, music to cry to. I’m starting from scratch, coming fresh. But my sound still embodies the same soulful, intricate harmonies.

— El DeBarge

When I got a lap dance, because I was 17, they had to put a massive pillow between me and the girl when she was grinding me. It was weird, yet pleasurable.

— Emile Hirsch

In times of war, starvation, hunger and injustice, such tragedy can only be put aside if you allow yourself to be uplifted through music, film and dance.

— Emmanuel Jal

I tried to dance in my earlier films, but it was more like struggling to stay afloat once you are thrown into the water.

— Emraan Hashmi

I like to read, and I like dance. I don’t dance, but I like to see other people dance.

— Esperanza Spalding

Tim Tebow cannot dance, I know that. Tebow can do a lot of things, but he can not dance.

— Erin Andrews

The Haisla named this point Obela. Not so long ago, the bay was lined with longhouses and canoes, totem poles and fishing gear. The reserve was once a winter village, a place to celebrate the sacred season, when memories passed in dance and song and stories from one generation to the next with great feasts called potlatches.

— Eden Robinson

I was like little-miss wannabe punk-rocker I would go home and secretly listen to Pink, and dance around, like, ‘Ugh, she understands me so well!’

— Emily Meade

I learned a lot from Rudimental’s live set. It’s all about good feelings, good vibes and a good time, and that’s what I want from my shows. I like big, bolshy performances, like Beyonce. I can’t dance like her, though.

— Ella Eyre

I was a competitive swimmer as a teenager, only stopping when I got persistent ear infections. Every day was a 6 A.M. start to swim before lessons, then choir or dance classes after.

— Ella Eyre

I used to love to see Willie Pep and Ray Robinson. To me, the epitome of a great athlete is a great boxer. I just love the rhythm of seeing a man dance, slip punches. I loved the dancers and boxers. I would see them and be mesmerized.

— Emanuel Steward

A lot of the stuff I’ve accumulated over the last few years of touring I thought was really interesting. Like sounds, sound bites, and beats even, but they weren’t good dance beats they weren’t ones anyone would want to rap over or anything.

— Eric San

You couldn’t keep me out of the school plays, the song and dance skits.

— Eve Arden

Our wild boar shoot at our home in Germany is always a riot because we invite lots of friends. We spend the day out in the woods, but then we get all dressed up in long gowns to dance around in the evenings.

— Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis

When I was in school, I was very involved with a lot of things. I was very very active. I couldn’t say that I wasn’t popular. I was a cheerleader when I was in junior high. I didn’t make it in high school so I started a dance line.

— Faith Ford

I actually got started in acting when I was in pre-school. I was really into dance and performing, so my mom had me in dance classes, and then I got involved in a local theater company.

— Fiona Gubelmann

My wife says that I become different once I start to work with animals. My movements become different, my mood is different. It involves letting everything fall behind you, becoming intuitive in your dealings with wild creatures in a way that bypasses reason. Sometimes it’s more like a dance than anything else.

— Frans Lanting

Find a type of exercise that you love – whether it’s dance, soccer, softball, anything – just as long as it keeps you active. If you love it, you’ll dedicate yourself to it and stay involved.

— Francia Raisa

I came from a dance background, so that’s what I did my whole teenage years. I was at the dance studio a lot. It just becomes your social scene and part of your life.

— Felicia Day

I think I’m better at live shows than I used to be because I’m way more comfortable with the uncomfortable pauses between songs. Now, rather than trying to talk or do a costume change, I’ll use those moments for myself. I listen to what other people are playing, or just rest, or dance, even though I don’t know how to.

— Fiona Apple

I moved to London to go to dance school when I was about 17, but then I realized that I didn’t want to be a dancer anymore, so I dropped out after five or six weeks. All I wanted to do was sing and make music.

— FKA twigs

I remember rap music. We used to party and dance off of it. Today it’s all about a whole different angle… Rappers are going against each other, and it’s more of a bragging, boasting thing.

— Flavor Flav

Even before I auditioned for ‘X Factor’ the second time, I was doing a lot of dance music.

— Fleur East

I’ve got my ideal job. I like to sing, I like to dance, I like to bang drums and dress up, and someone pays me – it’s incredible.

— Florence Welch

For me, I actually come from an electronic dance music background: house music, electro house, trance music, even. When I was coming out of school, basically, I discovered Brain Fever, Flying Lotus, J Dilla and all that. That was when I got excited about hip-hop and when the Flume project started.

— Flume

Bono told me how to dance in high heels and he also told me about U2’s Glastonbury performance and how everything that could have possibly gone wrong went wrong, including him ripping his trousers on stage. I think he was lunging and his trousers ripped! He was telling me how he had to find a new way of performing that didn’t involve moving.

— Florence Welch

Contrary to popular opinion, the hustle is not a new dance step – it is an old business procedure.

— Fran Lebowitz

I wouldn’t want to do a Bollywood film per se, but I would like to do an Indian-language film. For some reason I think Bollywood has become synonymous with commercial cinema, which is song and dance and everything that is larger than life, and I am interested in the reality.

— Freida Pinto

We’ve always wanted to do it, something you could dance to, and deep down we always thought we could bring something to the table if we could do it, but the live shows always made us pull back and be a rock band.

— Frank Iero

My first show was when I was a high school freshman, but it was at the junior class dance. My older friend and bandmate booked it.

— Frank Iero

In Hungary all native music, in its origin, is divided naturally into melody destined for song or melody for the dance.

— Franz Liszt

This search for what you want is like tracking something that doesn’t want to be tracked. It takes time to get a dance right, to create something memorable.

— Fred Astaire

On the other hand, now that I’m not dependent on fiction for my income, I’ve been writing more short stories despite the fact that there’s no real paying market for short horror other than Cemetery Dance.

— George Stephen

This is what I’ve always wanted to do ever since I was a little girl. Coming from dance and theater and what was accessible to me in my hometown, it was all I did after school and on the weekends. The idea of making my hobby into my job was the ultimate quest.

— Gugu Mbatha-Raw

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.

— George Bernard Shaw

I’m a teller of stories. I put bloody skins on my back and dance around the fire, and I say what the hunt was like. It’s not erudite it’s not intellectual. I sail, run dogs, ride horses, play professional poker, and tell stories about the stuff I’ve been through. And I’m still a romantic I still want Bambi to make it out of the fire.

— Gary Paulsen

I go with the flow. Whatever music you play for me, I’ll dance.

— Gael Garcia Bernal

I wanted to do new things with dance, adapt it to the motion picture medium.

— Gene Kelly

I’d studied dance in Chicago every summer end taught it all winter, and I was well-rounded. I wasn’t worried about getting a job on Broadway. In fact, I got one the first week.

— Gene Kelly

Actors fall into this trap if they missed being loved for who they really were and not for what they could do – sing, dance, joke about – then they take that as love.

— Gene Wilder

There are so many things and so many aspects to gay life that I’ve discovered and so many things to write about. I have a new life, and I have a new take on dance music because of that life.

— George Michael

In real life, I’m so goofy and super weird. I’m never mean, but people don’t see the weird side of me. Like, I’ll be dancing around. My best friends will always say that they wish others saw that side of me, when I’m doing a weird dance or weird faces or voices.

— Gigi Hadid

I used to babysit. And the kids I babysat were huge Hilary Duff fans, and so we used to have dance parties every day to her music. So I am very familiar with the albums of Miss Hilary Duff.

— Gillian Jacobs

If you believe that your best years are behind you, you’ve guaranteed they are I’m going to dance into that good night, with the oldies turned up loud.

— Gina Barreca

I grew up dancing salsa – you know, a traditional Puerto Rican dance.

— Gina Rodriguez

Part of the joy of dancing is conversation. Trouble is, some men can’t talk and dance at the same time.

— Ginger Rogers

Disco is music for dancing, and people will always want to dance.

— Giorgio Moroder

There is some Eighties music that is just timeless. The melodies, the lyrics… I called it church. Church in club. You can shout and dance. The best of the Eighties was club church.

— Grace Jones

Human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars.

— Gustave Flaubert

Language is a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to, while all the time we long to move the stars to pity.

— Gustave Flaubert

We go through our lives in a continual dance of being filled with something that needs an answer, and then going out and finding that answer… only to find out that our answer wasn’t quite the answer.

— Guy Finley

The pleasant surprise for me is that when I look into Tony’s eyes, he’s still 100% present, sharing everything that’s going on. Acting with him is like a beautiful dance.

— Genie Francis

I got married and decided I wanted to do a dance record, and I didn’t ever expect for it to be what it was or for the ‘No Doubt’ thing to be such a long break, but it was one of those things where you just had to sort of follow your inspiration.

— Gwen Stefani

Now, the instrumentation in the jazz band and the jazz dance band has gone through many evolutions. For instance, in the ‘twenties the tradition was two or three saxophones.

— Gerry Mulligan

Well, I never danced with the ‘Pips’ – they didn’t let me dance!

— Gladys Knight

We went through an era of big dance records, an era of hip-hop being the biggest thing on the planet. The people who really break through are the people who are not afraid to express themselves in how they feel.

— Gnash

Iranian parents can’t stop their children. They’re just wild – they want to party, they want their rights, they want to paint, they want to dance. No one can stop these new generations coming. That’s why Iran has to open up: it’s like a pot full of hot water, vapour and steam.

— Golshifteh Farahani

And currently, there are four to five new works in the pipeline for upcoming celebrations such as the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Australian Federation, my 50th Birthday, and Sydney Dance Company’s 25th Anniversary.

— Graeme Murphy

I don’t remember not dancing. When I realized I was alive and these were my parents, and I could walk and talk, I could dance.

— Gregory Hines

I ended up doing a local AmDram musical when I was nine or so. We had to sing and dance and act. It was probably terrible, but I loved it.

— Gemma Chan

Dance music is Madonna’s base. It’s what she likes, it’s what she listens to. It’s not anything other than that. She doesn’t read what’s on the charts. And if it’s on time, great. This is who she is.

— Guy Oseary

The reason that you dance and sing is to make the audience feel like they’re dancing and singing. As long as you’re having fun with it and giving it 100 percent, they’re gonna feel that.

— Heath Ledger

I work out a lot and I do yoga and I do Pilates and I’m kind of athletic. I’ve taken dance classes, but at the same point I’m just a total klutz.

— Heather Graham

I mean these people who work on Broadway, in my opinion, are the most gifted of everyone. I mean they really know how to dance. They really know how to act. They really know how to sing. They know how to perform.

— Harry Connick, Jr.

When you dance, your body just wants to find its natural weight. I’m naturally a lot more Tommy Tune than I am Wolverine.

— Hugh Jackman

I’m always very nervous about the word ‘dancer’ next to my name because anyone who’s really trained in dance will go, ‘This guy’s fudging so badly.’

— Hugh Jackman

The craft Emmys are kind of the kids’ table at Thanksgiving. You’re not really invited to the big dance. It’s still really, really exciting, and the statue still counts.

— Hank Azaria

As far back as I can remember, I wanted to dance, sing and perform.

— Gina Holden

March is a month without mercy for rabid basketball fans. There is no such thing as a ‘gentleman gambler’ when the Big Dance rolls around. All sheep will be fleeced, all fools will be punished severely… There are no Rules when the deal goes down in the final weeks of March. Even your good friends will turn into monsters.

— Hunter S. Thompson

When I was a kid in the mid-’60s, I was what’s known as a moddie boy, a prototype skinhead. You all had your hair like a crew cut, cropped, with suits or Levis with red suspenders, sometimes Doc Martens. It was a thriving soul music, Motown and ska scene we used to dance to Prince Buster and the Skatalites.

— Graham Parker

I know what my talents are, and at the end of the day I’m an actor who can dance.

— Harry Shum, Jr.

I actually got dared to audition for the dance team. All my track-and-field buddies dared me to audition, and I was one of the few guys who did it.

— Harry Shum, Jr.

I love Whitney Houston. I absolutely love her song, ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody.’

— Hayley Orrantia

I love to dance in the disco, but that’s about it.

— Heather Mills

I don’t tap dance, and I don’t think you can learn to tap dance in three weeks at my ripe old age.

— Huey Lewis

The little song and dance number at the end – that’s me, my voice, howling out. It was a new experience for me. I’ve never sung before and I’ve certainly never sung on screen. I think I sung on stage when I was 13 and for some reason nobody’s asked me to try it again since.

— Hugh Dancy

Arts education is a big part of building a 21st century creative mind, and I think that we have let way too many kids lose their way by not drawing in their young minds with music, dance, painting and the other various ways we can express those things we do not have words for.

— Heather Watts

In 2007, when my husband Damian Woetzel took on the artistic direction at the Vail Valley International Dance Festival, we both felt it was important to offer the entire Vail community access to dance.

— Heather Watts

Theater is a dance of a different kind, a dance of rawness and characters stripped down.

— Ian McShane

Because it’s dance music, you can’t really have a lot of changing in there. It’s really not for me because there’s too much repetition. I like more diversity.

— Ikue Mori

I don’t want to see people decorating a house or digging a garden. As for guys like Jonathan Ross, he got an award there last Christmas. What for? He doesn’t sing, dance or tell jokes, does he?

— Ian St. John

When you’re listening to the radio, you’re hearing dance beats, all the bells and whistles, and ‘Say Something’ makes you quiet and forces you to listen.

— Ian Axel

Training a dog, to me, is on a par with learning to dance with my wife or teaching my son to ski. These are fun things we do together. If anyone even talks about dominating the dog or hurting him or fighting him or punishing him, don’t go there.

— Ian Dunbar

I don’t want to participate in traditional Indian religious ceremonies – dance in a sun dance or pray in a sweat lodge or go on a vision quest with the help of a medicine man. The power of these ceremonies has an appeal, but I’m content with what little religion I already have.

— Ian Frazier

I do really silly dancing. I love dancing, but I’m not cool when I dance. It’s not about my moves, it’s not about how cool I am, it’s not about how slick I look on the dance floor, it’s about having a great time.

— Imogen Heap

I was a kid watching music videos, which were so cool and made me want to learn how to dance. I wish I could’ve gone to dance classes and learn, like, hip-hop dancing.

— Iggy Azalea

I work grief and sadness out of my body when I dance, and I bring in joy and rhythm.

— Inga Muscio

I dance. A lot. I work grief and sadness out of my body when I dance, and I bring in joy and rhythm.

— Inga Muscio

Honestly, I am so ignorant of how dance works that I can’t even imagine a story that you would want to tell through movement.

— Ira Glass

I’m working on a screenplay right now for the BBC, but I hope to have the decks cleared soon so I can get into the studio with my pals and put down some more tracks, try to get a strong dance single together.

— Irvine Welsh

From the beginning I thought about working with the body in movement, the space between the body and clothes. I wanted the clothes to move when people moved. The clothes are also for people to dance or laugh.

— Issey Miyake

But the idea of taking things and mixing them together is what I do in my music. I take hip-hop, R&B, pop, dance, funk and soul and mix it all together to get my own sound.

— Jennifer Lopez

But from the time I was very little, it was something I would do all the time, just sing, dance and act. So it wasn’t something that was fake or contrived as I got older.

— Jennifer Lopez

I love a long bath. I love anything creative. I love decorating. I even love just flipping through magazines and vegging out for a while. But I’m also one of those people who loves to work, so I’ll sing, dance, work on my next performance, or write whomever it may be about a new idea.

— Jennifer Lopez

Ask anyone committed to Marxist analysis how many angels dance on the head of a pin, and you will be asked in return to never mind the angels, tell me who controls the production of pins.

— Joan Didion

You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems and suffer and understand, for all that is life.

— Jiddu Krishnamurti

When I entered Bollywood, I didn’t have any advantage over anyone. I didn’t know how to act, I was not from the industry, I didn’t know the language, and I didn’t know how to dance. So, whatever films I was getting, I was just taking them up.

— Jacqueline Fernandez

The way a musical can make us feel is unlike anything else, in song and particularly in dance. I think people fly through plate-glass windows when they get shot because movies don’t have dance scenes any more. This is what we do instead.

— Joss Whedon

Movies were always the goal, but I had a lot of goals. Twelve-year-old me wanted to do everything: act and sing and paint and dance.

— Joss Whedon

When I was in New York after I left the Army, I studied for two years at the American Theater Wing, studied acting, which involved dance and fencing and speech classes and history of theater, all that.

— James Earl Jones

I began to see cinema as the perfect combination of so many wonderful art forms – painting, photography, music, dance, theater.

— James Gray

Evolution is a tightly coupled dance, with life and the material environment as partners. From the dance emerges the entity Gaia.

— James Lovelock

Life clearly does more than adapt to the Earth. It changes the Earth to its own purposes. Evolution is a tightly coupled dance, with life and the material environment as partners. From the dance emerges the entity Gaia.

— James Lovelock

I like a spirituality with a God that knows how to drive a car, that knows how to take his girl to the dance club, dance all night, have a little drink, kiss the kid when they come back in and go to sleep. God doesn’t need a chauffeur – he needs to drive himself.

— Jeff Buckley

Ballet might be too formal of a title for the type of dance I do, but I love to dance. I love to draw and paint I do ceramics and photography. I’m interested in a lot of creative stuff.

— Jeff Bridges

You know, ballet might be too formal of a title for the type of dance I do, but I love to dance.

— Jeff Bridges

When I was really young, my mom enrolled me in dance classes.

— Jeff Bridges

Probably only an art-worlder like me could assign deeper meaning to something as simple and silly as Tebowing. But, to us, anytime people repeat a stance or a little dance, alone or together, we see that it can mean something. Imagistic and unspoken language is our thing.

— Jerry Saltz

Degas was obsessed by the art of classical ballet, because to him it said something about the human condition. He was not a balletomane looking for an alternative world to escape into. Dance offered him a display in which he could find, after much searching, certain human secrets.

— John Berger

When I go to a concert, I can’t believe that people pay lots of money to see a band that they obviously like and then they dance the whole time.

— John Hughes

I’ve always had an innate ability to dance, but I’m not as spiffy as those cinema legends like Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire.

— John Travolta

It’s really cool to see glowsticks at the show, to see dance music culture infiltrating and becoming one with the metal community.

— Jonathan Davis

People come to see beauty, and I dance to give it to them.

— Judith Jamison

Concert dance is the hardest kind of dance. We tour constantly, around the world, year in and year out. It just doesn’t work for everybody. It’s the lifestyle, it’s the stamina, it’s the love, it’s the dedication, it’s the commitment, it’s all those words.

— Judith Jamison

We’re dancing from here, from inside, not from outside. You could look at anybody throwing their leg and kick their leg up and a million pirouettes and do all kinds of tricks and stuff like that. But that’s not what dance is really about.

— Judith Jamison

You have to dance unencumbered. There’s no other way to move. The idea of dance is freedom. It is not exclusiveness, it’s inclusiveness.

— Judith Jamison

The way Alvin Ailey has transformed modern dance and dance in general is the fact of variety. It’s a cornucopia of ways to move. There are choreographers in the company as – as diverse, as different from each other as Donald McKayle and Bill T. Jones, or Jawole Zollar and John Butler, Lar Lubovitch, you know, and Judith Jamison.

— Judith Jamison

When I’m making songs, I never call them hits. I knew ‘Bandz A Make Her Dance’ was a good record, but I never knew it was gonna be a hit.

— Juicy J

Like most lit nerds, I’m a voracious reader. I never got enough poetry under my belt growing up but I do read it – some of my favorites, Gina Franco and Angela Shaw and Cornelius Eady and Kevin Young, remind me daily that unless the words sing and dance, what’s the use of putting them down on paper.

— Junot Diaz

You should do what you enjoy doing, what brings you passion. As kids, we spontaneously sing and dance and tell stories, and along the way, someone comes and says, ‘No. You shouldn’t be doing that.’ And we slowly begin to unlearn our passions. I think you have to hold on to those things.

— J. Michael Straczynski

As kids, we spontaneously sing and dance and tell stories, and along the way, someone comes and says, ‘No. You shouldn’t be doing that.’ And we slowly begin to unlearn our passions. I think you have to hold on to those things.

— J. Michael Straczynski

No matter how close to yours another’s steps have grown, in the end there is one dance you’ll do alone.

— Jackson Browne

I’m from Texas and actually went to a regular high school, but every day after school I’d run to dance class and practice a lot and then go back the next day and stuff like that.

— Jenna Dewan

I have always been the first on the dance floor. Before fame, people thought it made me a good laugh now, people point and call me an attention seeker! I’m very aware of the way people can view me, but I’m very aware that I have to just enjoy my life.

— Jessie J

I had an amazing childhood and always loved to sing and dance, but there were moments where I had ups and downs with my health that often tested me as it does many people. I’ve never hidden the fact that my health was sometimes not on my side, but I’ve never let it define me or deter me from my dreams.

— Jessie J

The Republican National Convention is a great place to hear people talk about politics and values and all that sort of thing. But there’s one thing brings me back year after year, and that’s white people dancing. The RNC is the world’s premier Caucasian amateur dance festival.

— Jimmy Kimmel

I’ve studied a lot of great people over the years – Pete Seeger, James Brown – and tried to incorporate elements that I’ve admired, though I can’t say I dance like James.

— John Fogerty

Sometimes I have a very fleeting emotional dance with a fleeting phrase, like ‘half-Mexican.’

— Juan Felipe Herrera

My parents always stressed finding some sort of creative outlet, so they would take me to dance classes, take me to jazz clubs.

— Julia Stiles

I absolutely love working with David Boreanaz, and Charisma Carpenter I completely adore – she teaches me to dance.

— J. August Richards

I started dancing when I was five, and I trained intensively as a competitive dancer up until the end of high school. I did all genres, and later on a did a lot of extra ballet on top of that. I actually got accepted to Julliard for dance during my senior year, but I ultimately turned it down to come to L.A. to act.

— Jacob Artist

Girls love guys who dance, and I’m definitely going to be the first one on the dance floor. Usually, you just see guys sitting around, but I definitely don’t hold back when it comes to dancing.

— Jacob Artist

When I was a senior, I got accepted into the Julliard School for Dance, but ultimately decided to move to L.A. to act, so that was a fun conversation with the parents. I truly have some of the greatest parents ever.

— Jacob Artist

I performed in public for the first time at three years old. I remember it like it was yesterday. It was on a big stage. There were probably three or four hundred people in the audience. We were doing this dance, this Kermit the Frog routine, all of us in our little green leotards.

— Jaime Pressly

As a dancer, I’d dance with broken toes. Just like acting, you compete with yourself and drive forward. That discipline helped in Hollywood.

— Jaime Pressly

I just like the lineage and the heritage and the fact that British dance music is still progressing. I’m from London I love London, and I wouldn’t know how else to show that love in musical terms. There’s something about British stuff that’s a bit faster, a bit harder-hitting. Just tough.

— Jamie xx

I don’t hate on the whole EDM thing happening in America because, although the music is not of my taste – a little bit brash for me – I think it’s also introducing a lot of young people to dance music, and then they’re discovering better dance music through it.

— Jamie xx

It doesn’t make sense for me to try to be, like, a dance dude who only releases two 12-inches a year and then plays every weekend. Making an album, you get to put out a body of work that shows a lot of different sides of you. And you get to work on it for an intense period of time and promote that album. And then you get to move on.

— Jamie xx

I have this romanticized idea of dance music in the ’90s because, obviously, I was way too young to be a part of it. So I have this rose-tinted idea of it. I have this idea of it being a very special time. But I still don’t know that much – I can never remember any names of seminal artists.

— Jamie xx

I went to performing arts high school, and I took dance and acting every day. Then, I went to Marymount Manhattan College and I have a B.A. in acting, with a concentration in theater performance and a minor in musical theater. I studied there for three years.

— Jenna Ushkowitz

I wasn’t a dancer learning to play Baby Houseman. I was Baby Houseman learning to play a dancer. I was someone who’d never done any Latin dance. I’d taken jazz classes and ballet growing up in New York, so I had dance in me, and I knew I loved it, but I’d never done a dance audition.

— Jennifer Grey

The only time I’ve ever danced every day was during ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and in the two-week rehearsal for ‘Dirty Dancing,’ and that was only to do a particular dance.

— Jennifer Grey

I’ve been this voice of a lot of upbeat dance tracks, but people don’t really know me.

— Jess Glynne

There are those who dance to the rhythm that is played to them, those who only dance to their own rhythm, and those who don’t dance at all.

— Jose Bergamin

My parents were strict with school, strict with grades. I had piano classes, horseback riding, dance.

— Julia Restoin Roitfeld

Dance, vaudeville, drama, movies – as a child I loved everything that went on in a theater.

— James Broughton

Dance looks absurd on film, I think, like little puppets moving around.

— Jamie Wyeth

To me, dance is so ethereal and elusive, so much of an illusion. After a performance, that’s it. With vocals and music, you have good recordings.

— Jamie Wyeth

For dance recitals, my mom would do my makeup all extravagant because obviously I was really little and where else would I be wearing makeup? We would always be in her bathroom before the dance recital, and she’d do our hair and makeup.

— Jillian Hervey

For a long time, I thought of singing as my mom’s thing. I loved it, but I thought of dance as my thing.

— Jillian Hervey

Years of drought and famine come and years of flood and famine come, and the climate is not changed with dance, libation or prayer.

— John Wesley Powell

But I think there’s a genuine joy, too, a sense that no matter what, even if my stomach’s growling, I’m going to dance. That’s what I want to leave people with at the end of the play. After all this, people still know how to live.

— Jessica Hagedorn

I grew up studying dance, taking ballet lessons.

— Jane Hamilton

I feel like in Atlanta, if you were a female dancer, the more you can dance like the boys, the more respect you get. I was thrust into that kind of dance culture, and it was in my body.

— Janina Gavankar

And that’s one thing that helps me is I learn it blandly, vanilla, then I don’t try to act it too soon because you start to act it, and you kind of go away from what the next sentence is, what the next paragraph is. So get it down so it kind of can – it’s in there so you can then, as I call it, dance on top of it.

— Jeff Daniels

I worked as a secretary, a waitress and a dance teacher – all in high school.

— Jennie Garth

At the time I just was like, I can’t believe I am on the show, and the first thing I have to do is an entire song and dance routine for the whole cast of ‘Mad Men.’

— Jessica Pare

When you step back and watch people, you realize that we use every single body part. Movement, dance – I find it genius because it’s ultimate expression, really.

— Jude Law

Limited points of view let the writer dispense – and the reader gather – information from various corners of the story. It all becomes a kind of dance, with the writer guiding the reader through the various twists and turns. The challenge is keeping readers in step, while still managing to surprise.

— Jonathan Evison

Dance, to me, is an expression of who we are.

— Josie Bissett

Growing up, my sisters were both into dancing, so I went to a lot of dance recitals, mostly because there were always pretty girls in leotards.

— Jason Sudeikis

Here in America, every single actor, since they were little boys, they sing and dance and perform like angels. We don’t do that. We are actors who work in a theater in very classic performances or plays.

— Javier Camara

I’d go dance at talent shows, and because I was young I had the upper hand on a lot of other crews. People thought it was cute. I used that to my advantage.

— Jermaine Dupri

Many of the writers I admire – Melville, Dickinson, Kafka – were virtually invisible during their lifetimes. Art, I think, often has to dance around in the void.

— Jerome Charyn

I love getting to work with the stunt coordinator. It’s like choreography, like a dance.

— Jessica Stroup

I would enjoy venturing into music, as I do write songs and compose music! And, of course, dance, rhythm and performance are in my blood, so eventually I see myself doing something in that area, surely!

— Jiah Khan

I’ve been lifting weights since I was literally 15 or 16 years old. My muscles are short and powerful and built to lift heavy weights, not to be graceful and glide around a dance floor.

— Jake Pavelka

When I was younger, I was one of the few girls in the neighborhood who could break dance. That’s kind of my local, ghetto-celebrity claim to fame.

— Joy Bryant

I was married to a dancer who had a dance company in New York City, and she toured.

— John Cullum

I like to dance, but I’m not a dancer.

— Jon M. Chu

Among the southern tribes, on the contrary, hats were sometimes worn in the dance, although this was not considered in strict accordance with the doctrine.

— James Mooney

The dance commonly begins about the middle of the afternoon or later, after sundown. When it begins in the afternoon, there is always an intermission of an hour or two for supper. The preliminary painting and dressing is usually the work of about two hours.

— James Mooney

When all is ready, the leaders walk out to the dance place.

— James Mooney

The mob is a sort of bear while your ring is through its nose, it will even dance under your cudgel but should the ring slip, and you lose your hold, the brute will turn and rend you.

— Jane Porter

I’m a huge Kentucky fan. So when there was a chance to do the John Wall dance, I went into character.

— Josh Hopkins

The world is full of poetry. The air is living with its spirit and the waves dance to the music of its melodies, and sparkle in its brightness.

— James Gates Percival

For a London play, rehearsal time would be four weeks for the entire show. In films, I’d spend six weeks on the big dance numbers to get them perfect before the actual shooting.

— Jessie Matthews

I collaborated on most of my dance numbers, literally 50/50, with the choreographers I worked with.

— Jessie Matthews

I feel that the music that I do is somewhat of a lost art and it’s not as popular as dance or pop music and people are not as interested in it. But it’s something that I believe in and I feel that it’s needed, so that’s why I do it and I will keep doing it until everybody hears it and gets it.

— Jazmine Sullivan

When I was a child, I was referred to as the Danny Kaye of the family, because I was always impersonating and mimicking people. I was a song and dance man.

— Jason Mantzoukas

My records are borderline dance records. They’ve got a real electro-rock heart and soul, and the vibe of the sentiment is pop, but there’s a lot of people that were like, ‘This is a dance record.’

— Lady Gaga

Boston was a great city to grow up in, and it probably still is. We were surrounded by two very important elements: academia and the arts. I was surrounded by theater, music, dance, museums. And I learned how to sail on the Charles River. So I had a great childhood in Boston. It was wonderful.

— Leonard Nimoy

I’m for anything that teaches consideration and kindness. If one can teach one’s son to dance with the ugliest little girl in the room, that’s the best lesson they can ever learn.

— Letitia Baldrige

My mother-in-law said, ‘One day I will dance on your grave.’ I said ‘I hope you do I will be buried at sea.’

— Les Dawson

There comes a pause, for human strength will not endure to dance without cessation and everyone must reach the point at length of absolute prostration.

— Lewis Carroll

When I was younger, I started taking singing lessons and dance and acting. I just started acting first because that’s how everything happened.

— Lindsay Lohan

I want to win an Oscar. I want to be known for more than, like, going out. For being the ‘party girl’. I hate that. I bust my ass when I’m filming and when I have time off, yeah, I like to go out and dance.

— Lindsay Lohan

Visualization – it’s been huge for me. Your mind doesn’t know the difference between imagination and reality. You can’t always practice perfectly – my fingers will play a little bit out of tune, or my dance moves might not be as sharp – but in my mind, I can practice perfectly.

— Lindsey Stirling

The same way that I practiced the violin, the same way that I practiced my dance moves, I decided that I was going to practice being positive and practice loving myself.

— Lindsey Stirling

So I would dance and she would sing, and it was kind of a family thing. Performing was part of our world.

— Liza Minnelli

I realized that one of the differences between news photography and dance photography was that the former has to tell a specific story, whereas all a dance photograph had to be was visually interesting.

— Lois Greenfield

Being called a dance photographer makes me bristle. You might say that dance is my landscape. The root of my interest is movement or, rather, how movement can be interpreted photographically, and dance provides a perfect opportunity for this.

— Lois Greenfield

To me, writing is much freer than dancing. With writing, you could do it whenever you wanted. You didn’t have to do little exercises and stay in shape. You could have great moments of inspiration that advanced the story. In dance, unless you’re going to choreograph things yourself, you’re at the service of someone else.

— Lorrie Moore

We don’t dance because we can’t dance. Our shows, production-wise, are always quite minimal. We always try and keep it more about us having fun and stay away from gimmicks.

— Louis Tomlinson

If you love dance and you have the gift of teaching, teaching is super amazing and important because my teachers planted that seed in me. As a teacher you understand the difference or the definition of a Baryshnikov or a Gregory Hines, so teaching is really important and very necessary.

— Laurieann Gibson

Choreography is amazing. I’m still a dancer, yet I transitioned into choreography then as a Creative Director. All of these creative elements are brought out of being a dancer. Directing is something that comes out of understanding movement and choreography. Directing movement is directing a dance piece.

— Laurieann Gibson

I want to be able to say, ‘you think you’re odd, I’m even odder and I made it – you can too!’ I want to direct, do more with ‘The Dance Scene,’ sign artists and just provide opportunities. I’m just getting started and having the time of my life!

— Laurieann Gibson

I think dance is amazing because what people don’t realize is like when you dance your spirit and your soul get ignited. You’re not only releasing endorphins, but also your spirit is awakening. It makes you feel good and happy.

— Laurieann Gibson

I realized that, for me, great records always moved me with the lyrics and the melodies. And so I said, ‘I think I can do it now,’ ’cause I found a team of people who understand I didn’t want a record that was ‘drop it, pop it, shake it’ just ’cause I can dance.

— Laurieann Gibson

I love working with Alicia Keys, because it’s not just the ability to do the dance to me I think it’s the ability to interpret it that excites me the most.

— Laurieann Gibson

I always tell the adults at my dance school, ‘Men, you are going to have to do something that you are absolutely not used to: you have got to take command and be the boss.’ Because – and this is just an observation – women get their way.

— Len Goodman

On the dance floor, as much as you say, ‘Ladies, you are the car. He is the driver. You can only go where he takes you,’ they still try to be in control.

— Len Goodman

My background is in modern dance. I was a dancer and a choreographer before I was a director, and in dance, you can’t cheat. Your leg goes up in the air, or it doesn’t. So when I direct, I’m a big preparer.

— Lesli Linka Glatter

I was taken to one place by a director, and he bought me a lap dance.

— Lexa Doig

My mother was a modern woman with a limited interest in religion. When the sun set and the fast of the Day of Atonement ended, she shot from the synagogue like a rocket to dance the Charleston.

— Lionel Blue

I took several years of dance lessons that included ballet, tap and jazz. They helped a great deal with body control, balance, a sense of rhythm, and timing.

— Lynn Swann

People tend to associate fairies with princesses, but they couldn’t be more different. Princesses have dynastic and domestic pressures, and they get parked on glass hills. Fairies don’t have families. They don’t clean or cook. They sip nectar from flowers and dance by the light of the moon.

— Laura Amy Schlitz

My first mentor and inspiration was my Irish Dancing teacher Patricia Mulholland. She created her own form of dance known as Irish ballet and created stage productions of old Irish myths and legends. They were my first experiences on stage. She told my mum I was destined for the stage, and I took that as my cue.

— Laura Donnelly

In a way, ‘Billy Elliot’ was autobiographical. I can’t dance, but I think his dancing was me discovering about writing and literature.

— Lee Hall

I was really creative. I started to dance very young. I loved to dance. I begged my mother to put me into dance classes, and finally, in third grade, she did. Tap and jazz, but not ballet.

— Laverne Cox

First, I started taking dance classes, and then I started taking singing lessons. Then my mom put me into a year-round theatre program where I did seven shows.

— Lilla Crawford

Everybody recommends New Zealand. I really want to learn this haka, the traditional dance – I love it it’s so cool.

— Luka Sulic

I love ‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Shameless,’ and – this is going to sound really dorky – I’m obsessed with ‘Dance Moms.’ I love Abby Lee Miller. Honestly, if there’s such a thing as past lives, I was definitely a dancer. Maybe if I ever get a big enough name, I can call Abby Lee Miller myself and ask her to be my private coach.

— Liana Liberato

I’m born to do music. I’m born to act. I’m born to dance and all of these things, and I will be respected.

— Lil Mama

In private, I’m a hippie who follows Buddhism, does yoga, meditates and loves to dance wildly.

— Laura Harring

I generally don’t use an iPod for track work, as I’m focusing on heart rate and times. When I’m in the gym or running alone, there’s always music. If I’m in the weights gym, I usually go for rap or rock music for running, it’s dance or cheesy pop.

— Laura Robson

When I was in high school, we used to do 15-20 hours of dance per week, and then when you graduate, you don’t have that much time on your hands anymore.

— Laura Slade Wiggins

I came from the musical stage. My first show was ‘110 In The Shade.’ I started as a ballet dancer and then sort of gravitated toward musical theater, so any time I got asked to sing or dance, it was a joy for me.

— Lesley Ann Warren

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.

— Lincoln Kirstein

In our house, everybody is always dancing around and singing. We have a dance floor outside at our house, a big, huge dance floor that we all dance on.

— Lisa Rinna

If I played tennis, I had to be in a dance class. I always had multiple activities, so I never had to count on any one of them to feel successful.

— Kaley Cuoco

I am a product of Indian cinema I’ve grown up watching Indian films ever since I can remember. And song and dance is part of our lives it’s part of our culture we wake up to songs, we sleep to lullabies, you know, we celebrate every religious and traditional function with music.

— Karan Johar

I remember breaking the news to both my parents that I wanted to be a director, and they both looked very doubtful. They didn’t know what a closet Hindi film buff I was. I used to dance to old Hindi films songs on the sly, so my decision to be a part of Hindi cinema was shocking even for my parents.

— Karan Johar

I think there is some truth to the fact that yeah, okay, cool, obviously the more mainstream kind of easier-to-grasp-onto dance music has become popular, but that holds true with almost any genre. It wasn’t like the Sex Pistols hit the radio. It was poppier versions of that is what hit. It’s never, like, the true core stuff.

— Kaskade

When I dance, I forget everything else and just feel completely happy.

— Katherine Jenkins

I’m okay with having bad dance moves. I’m okay with having horrible lower teeth. That’s what makes me me, and for some reason it’s worked out all right.

— Katy Perry

Basically it starts with four months of training, just basic stretching, kicking and punching. Then you come to the choreography and getting ready to put the dance together.

— Keanu Reeves

You can be creative in anything – in math, science, engineering, philosophy – as much as you can in music or in painting or in dance.

— Ken Robinson

I can dance. I like hip hop and stuff and jazz movements, but I’m horrible in ballet. I tried.

— Keke Palmer

I was stuck in a wheelchair playing this deranged villain. I felt this mass amount of rage at being so confined. I thought, ‘What can I do that is the direct opposite of this situation?’ The only thing I could think of was that I could sing and dance.

— Kenneth Branagh

I think one thing you could probably say for all my albums is that they’re all pretty eclectic pop. There’s always a little bit of urban influence, some dance, a little bit of country, singer-songwriter, pop-rock. I like everything! On every album you can find that.

— Kelly Clarkson

I took my daughter to the father-daughter dance, and I cried like a little baby.

— Kevin Hart

Dance has helped me with everything. It was a great foundation for discipline, hard work and, unfortunately, the ever-elusive idea of perfection. It lends itself easily to fight choreography, because that’s what it really is. Choreography. And knowing how to move with someone.

— Keri Russell

I am so not a proper, good female. I can’t dance in high heels and I’m just so not girly, but then I see these men with these banging bodies, dancing in heels, singing, and having so much fun with so much make-up on. That makes me honestly want to be a better woman.

— Kesha

I can’t walk in high heels, never mind dance in them.

— Kesha

Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb. And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.

— Khalil Gibran

I grew up an athlete. Track and field and dance. In track, I actually went to the Junior Olympics. I’ve always been very athletic.

— Kimberly Elise

People just want to dig they want to dance. They don’t want to work all through the night, and neither do I. I like getting ‘out there,’ but communication should be occurring on more levels than heavy-laden philosophical.

— Kurt Elling

Talent will only take you so far, and it is your ability to feel the music and explore a movement that will bring you the greatest pleasure in dance.

— Karen Kain

I wanted to go to school for public relations, and I also wanted to minor in dance. And Hofstra had two really good programs for both of those, so that’s why I ended up there.

— Katie Nolan

I went to my first drum n’ bass rave when I was 16 and remember being terrified. Looking around, trying to figure out how to dance to this music, watching some girl in some hot pants, trying little ways to learn her movements.

— Katy B

My focus is anything that allows me to express myself. Rap, dance, photography. Those are my forms of expression.

— Keith Stanfield

If Janet Jackson does the story of her life and I’m still young enough, I am there. No one can pull her off like I can. I have a dance background. I’m definitely not cutting an album anytime soon, but I can lip-synch all day. I can’t sing, but I can act like it very well.

— Keshia Knight Pulliam

Dance and theatre afforded me the opportunity to discover my passion for acting, for telling stories.

— Kelsey Chow

My sound definitely pays a lot of homage to the Nineties, but not just the dance music. There’s also breakbeats, R&B, the big ballads. It’s that whole era infused with very modern sounds.

— Kiesza

It’s hard to dance to really fast music. All you can do is pump your fist to it, and after a while, you’re going to have a seizure.

— Kiesza

Every music – except dance music, which is for dancing, I suppose – is for the spirit of the human being, and not for the body.

— Klaus Schulze

No matter how busy I am, I find time for dance.

— Kelli Berglund

You can only dance for so long, but you can act until you’re dead, so… I fell in love with it and I want to keep doing it and pushing myself.

— Kenny Wormald

I was a dancer, and it’s not really cool for a boy to dance, so it was inspiring to see a movie like ‘Footloose’ where a guy is dancing masculine and had a proper reason behind it. It made me feel cool, and when these kids would make fun of me, I’d be like, ‘Oh, didn’t you see ‘Footloose,’ man?’

— Kenny Wormald

I enjoy the element of pushing yourself, learning something new, whether it’s a dance step, a scene, an emotion.

— Kenny Wormald

I am a massive fan of early electronica like Steve Reich, Pat Metheny and Thomas Dolby. I used to be a big raver, too, so anything dance. I love ambient music like Tunng. I love acoustic and classical, too.

— Kate Fleetwood

I’ll always dance for fun, but for work? I’ve done it, dude.

— Kevin Federline

I really enjoy encountering a celebrity who’s like, ‘Let’s go you’d better have your A-game on.’ You sit down with Madonna, and she’s like, ‘You’d better have something for me. If you’re not ready to dance, I’ll eat you up.’

— Kevin Frazier

Adaptability is crucial to working on Glee because every day is adapting to something. Because we’re doing a different genre of music, doing a different type of scene with a different scene partner, recording and dance rehearsals… no day is like another.

— Kevin McHale

I went to this little performing arts school in downtown Phoenix. You had to dance or act, and everyone sang in choir. I started out playing the saxophone, but I always wanted to be in an orchestra. That was a dream as a kid, and there aren’t a lot of saxophones in an orchestra.

— Kacy Hill

I was on Kanye’s Yeezus tour as a dancer, but really, I was a Vanessa Beecroft model. I was one of the three ‘dancers’ who couldn’t dance and was more of an accessory than an individual. Vanessa was pretty involved. Her style is about a lot of standing. It’s very simple but haunting.

— Kacy Hill

For yesterday and for all tomorrows, we dance the best we know.

— Kate Seredy

Dance is a physical and mental workout. Once you get your body moving, you’ll see a difference.

— Kathryn McCormick

I don’t know where my career is going, but I know that when I’m not active, it really drives me crazy. So it wouldn’t have to be a film with dance in it, but hopefully I’ll be able to be somewhat active with the projects that I do or, if not, I’ll have time on the side to do my yoga.

— Kathryn McCormick

Dirty Dancing’, ‘Grease’, those were the movies that I used to watch over and over and over at my grandma’s house when I was a little girl. I just remember watching them, and I always wanted to be Sandy, and I wanted to be Baby. I wanted to be the girl who’s lifted in the dance, and she’s beautiful and all those things.

— Kathryn McCormick

As much as I love to dance, and I still take class, aerobics and that sort of thing, and I still move very well and all of that – I’m really not a dancer anymore.

— Kelly Bishop

I never went to my high school dance, and didn’t date much.

— Kerri Strug

When I was first going out to funky events, it was a lovely kind of music to dance to – it had such a nice vibe.

— Kyla Reid

I had seen the photographs of Harlem in its glory days, stylish men in bespoke suits, women so well dressed that they’d put the models in ‘Vogue’ to shame. I knew that Harlemites loved to dance, to pray, and to eat.

— Marcus Samuelsson

Sometimes, you just have to clear your head and get out to see other things. It is very important to be nourished. I love to go to museums and galleries, I like to see theatre, film, dance – anything creative. It doesn’t promise you inspiration, but it nourishes your creative soul, and that’s good.

— Marc Jacobs

Storytelling is a very old human skill that gives us an evolutionary advantage. If you can tell young people how you kill an emu, acted out in song or dance, or that Uncle George was eaten by a croc over there, don’t go there to swim, then those young people don’t have to find out by trial and error.

— Margaret Atwood

You know I very much respect Yvonne Rainer, she is very important – in American dance, the entire development of modern dance, and creating a wonderful physical language.

— Marina Abramovic

I had a client who was a professional baseball player once, and he would go to clubs and dance for seven, eight, nine hours at a time. He wouldn’t drink, he wouldn’t take drugs – he just danced because he had so much physical energy he was this amazing athlete.

— Martha Beck

Every dance is a kind of fever chart, a graph of the heart.

— Martha Graham

We learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. One becomes in some area an athlete of God.

— Martha Graham

Think of the magic of that foot, comparatively small, upon which your whole weight rests. It’s a miracle, and the dance is a celebration of that miracle.

— Martha Graham

The body is your instrument in dance, but your art is outside that creature, the body.

— Martha Graham

One of my lungs is half gone, and the other half, because I smoked for years, has a lesion. So I can’t swim anymore and had the swimming pool covered over. Now it’s what I call the dance pavilion, and so I and my friends sit out and put music on and watch people dance.

— Maya Angelou

The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud. Somebody who may not look like you. May not call God the same name you call God – if they call God at all. I may not dance your dances or speak your language. But be a blessing to somebody. That’s what I think.

— Maya Angelou

My life has been one great big joke, a dance that’s walked a song that’s spoke, I laugh so hard I almost choke when I think about myself.

— Maya Angelou

I was a dancer for many years. I was a premier dancer with ‘Porgy and Bess,’ the opera. And I taught dance some, in different places.

— Maya Angelou

I think there’s no question that Michael Jackson was the foremost entertainer of his generation perhaps of all time, arguably, taking the skills of a Sammy Davis, Jr., bringing together the street dance of African American urban culture, joining them to the politics of dance, of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly on that sphere alone.

— Michael Eric Dyson

When you’re in Jamaica, unless you’re in a tourist spot, you don’t hear Bob Marley you mostly hear dance hall music.

— Michael Franti

I have always loved contemporary dance, but it has always been a bit of a mystery to me. But choreography is very much like what I do when you are putting characters in frame on the page. It’s so impressive what they do with their bodies. It’s like painting: an abstraction.

— Michael Leunig

Directing a movie is a little bit like being back in student government and putting on the homecoming dance. You’re like, ‘You put up the streamers, and you hire the DJ, and you get the punch bowl.’ Some people are just like, ‘This dance sucks.’ And you’re like, ‘No no, this dance is awesome!’ You have to be really positive.

— Mike Birbiglia

I would like to go and dance in Palestine one day, with great pleasure, great pleasure.

— Mikhail Baryshnikov

When a body moves, it’s the most revealing thing. Dance for me a minute, and I’ll tell you who you are.

— Mikhail Baryshnikov

I fell in love with New York. It was like every human being, like any relationship. When I was a young New Yorker, it was one city. When I was a grown man, it was another city. I worked with many dance organizations and many wonderful people.

— Mikhail Baryshnikov

I want to be more physical and theatrical within the stand-up. There might be dance moments, and people better watch out – I will gallop.

— Miranda Hart

I’m very much in denial that I can’t dance. I really go for it, which is almost more embarrassing.

— Miranda Hart

I do Dance Dance Revolution. I’m not as good as the little kids that come in the arcade. Their little feet go crazy fast. I’m not that fast, but I’m good on it!

— Missy Elliott

I say over and over again that I am just standing on the shoulders of so many who have set this path for me, and they may not be seen or recognized or have been given an opportunity to have a voice, but I’m here representing all of those dancers. Dance Theatre of Harlem Virginia Johnson, Tai Jimenez, Lauren Anderson.

— Misty Copeland

What you put into your body is just as important as how hard you dance. I believe with the right training and an understanding of how to take care of your body, you can mold it to be whatever you want it to be.

— Misty Copeland

Every time I dance, I’m trying to prove myself to myself.

— Misty Copeland

The Firebird’ just symbolizes a lot for me and my career. It was one of the first really big principal roles that I was ever given an opportunity to dance with American Ballet Theatre, and it was a huge step for the African-American community, I think, within the classical ballet world.

— Misty Copeland

Depending on the level you’re at in your company, the higher you go up in rank, usually the longer you can dance.

— Misty Copeland

40 years old is about the time a principal dancer would start to think about retirement, but some go on to dance a little bit longer than that.

— Misty Copeland

It’s all so surreal, and I’m living my dream. And you know, principal or not, I’m getting to dance all the roles that I’ve dreamed of doing.

— Misty Copeland

I was the first person in my family who was ever interested in dance, or fine art of any kind for that matter – I came from a very humble beginning in San Pedro, California.

— Misty Copeland

When I was 16, I moved to Torrance, California to train at a more advanced studio, and by 19, I joined the American Ballet Theatre in New York. It all happened so fast – it was pretty unheard of that someone could train for so few years and become a professional at one of the most elite dance companies in the United States.

— Misty Copeland

Dance kind of was always just a part of my natural state as a child. It’s something that, whenever music was playing, I was dancing.

— Misty Copeland

When playing big festivals, I tend to play big, over the top techno tracks, like hands in the air songs that make sense being played in front of 30,000 people. I steer away from subtlety in the interests of big bombastic dance music.

— Moby

The most unusual thing about Clinton as a pol is that he listens. Listens and remembers. If he does dance with them that brung him, not them that gave him big money, we will have a populist on our hands.

— Molly Ivins

The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.

— Muhammad Ali

When we moved to England in 1986, I was ten years old and I didn’t know anything about punk or hip hop. The only words I knew in English were ‘dance’ and ‘Michael Jackson.’ We got put in a flat in Mitchum, and the council gave us second hand furniture, second hand clothes and a second hand radio that I took to bed with me every night.

— M.I.A.

I remember taking my demo to every dance person in London. People were like, ‘We don’t know what this is!’ The first people to champion me were a club in Manchester.

— M.I.A.

Dance has definitely made me a better role model.When I’m performing, I’m always thinking about my face and my look. I used to have a much harder time with it.

— Maddie Ziegler

I love doing hair and makeup and making ‘Video Star’ videos with my friend, Kendall. I also love to draw. But my life is dance, dance and more dance. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

— Maddie Ziegler

You have to stay in shape for dance. I don’t want to be too skinny, but I don’t want to be overweight. I want to be in the middle.

— Maddie Ziegler

I like Sam Smith and Taylor Swift. I love pop music, but I also like Sam Smith’s slow songs. That would be more to dance to. I think dancers like different genres of music, compared to just a regular person.

— Maddie Ziegler

I usually get home from dance at 10 every night, and I’ll watch TV for about 30 minutes, and then I’ll go to bed.

— Maddie Ziegler

I’d love to do something where I can act and dance at the same time, like on Broadway or in movies.

— Maddie Ziegler

If you don’t go to a dance, you can never be rejected, but you’ll never get to dance, either.

— Maeve Binchy

The Lord doesn’t like us to be dead. Be alive. Sometimes I dance to the glory of the Lord, because He said so.

— Mahalia Jackson

When I’m dancing, I don’t know where the confidence comes from, but I just pretend I’m someone else, I think, and then I go out and dance.

— Maisie Williams

I still study dance, and it’s definitely something I want to incorporate in the future. It’s always been my first love.

— Maisie Williams

If you have a little sensibility or a heart, you have all the reason to be depressed once in a while. But the depression is like a motor for creation. I need a little bit of depression, a bit of acid in my stomach, to be able to create. When I’m happy, I just want to dance.

— Marjane Satrapi

My worst memory is of my first dance lesson as a 14-year old in Prague. My mother put me in this silver and pink lame dress. My hair was all curled, and it was the first time I wore a garter belt. I felt so out of place!

— Martina Navratilova

Anytime I had a date, it was at the Sadie Hawkins Day dance.

— Mary Steenburgen

I remember my mom threatening me, half-serious: ‘You know what? I should take you to Pittsburgh and put you in dance lessons just to keep you occupied.’ Well, that brought everything to a screeching halt. ‘Jeeze, dance lessons.’ In retrospect, it would have been awesome, but then, ‘Ugh, dancing – dancing’s for sissies.’

— Michael Keaton

I’ve never had a particular skill. I can’t cook, dance, play an instrument, speak a foreign language. This used to worry me. I’d think, when I’m grown up, at 18, then I made it 21, it will be clear what role I should have in life. It never happened. I never signed on the dotted line as the sort of adult my father wanted.

— Michael Palin

As a teenager, in my songbook, I used to script what my lighting would be like. I used to dance in my roo, it was like putting myself in a trance, and making myself feel good about things, almost like a private ceremony of begging people to like you.

— Mika

I’m not necessarily that big of a clubbing junkie, but I really like dance music as a genre.

— Mika

I still remember the first acronym I learned, BLUF: Bottom Line Up Front. I still try to communicate that way. No reason to dance around getting to the point.

— Mike Pompeo

For me, writing a novel is like solving a puzzle. But I don’t intend my novels as puzzles. I intend them as invitations to dance.

— Mohsin Hamid

Dance has always been my passion, and I love it.

— Madhuri Dixit

A lot of people cannot dance because they are inhibited. ‘Oh, I can’t dance’ or ‘I have two left feet’ or maybe someone has commented on their dancing a while back. When you enjoy something, you might be doing the simplest of moves, but they still look so beautiful.

— Madhuri Dixit

The weirdest place someone has asked me for advice was at a party where there were a lot of A-list celebrities and super-wealthy people. There were people in the middle of mingling asking for investment advice, and I’m like, ‘Hey, I’m just here to dance. I’m here to have fun!’

— Marcus Lemonis

Sometimes I have to shut off the omnipresent disco ball and flashing lights that are always in my head. It’s a part of maturing, I guess – just learning that it’s not just always about a quick, easy fix of getting people to dance.

— Mark Ronson

I’m a dancer, so I love to dance.

— Matthew Morrison

Dance has such an intensity to it. You become, in a way, an intense person.

— Mia Wasikowska

With dance, you learn to channel nerves into energy, excited energy.

— Mia Wasikowska

Coming from dance, I feel acting is – I’m not going to say easy, because it’s not. But the dance world is more hard-core.

— Mia Wasikowska

People strangely revere dance. They see it as another world, and dancers are somehow mysterious – just because they don’t speak.

— Matthew Bourne

I’m very conscious that I want the dance audience to respond and respect what I’m doing, so I’m always very true to the music and I honour the music in the way I see it – I don’t mess around with the music.

— Matthew Bourne

Astaire never thought of what he was doing as balletic, but Kelly was always trying to dance with women on points. And his choreography is so showy and flashy. He always looks self-satisfied to me.

— Matthew Bourne

Because dancing is way more fun than the treadmill, I downloaded the video of Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies’ and started to learn her dance. Let me tell you, if I ever did that dance in a club, I would still be a single lady! But what a workout!

— Marissa Jaret Winokur

Dance and I are synonymous, and nobody can take away dance from my life. Also, I cannot look at dance in an inert way it’s my passion, and I get keen on being part of any show or film that has dance!

— Malaika Arora Khan

No dance has ever turned out the way I thought it would, because I trust enough that I can start something with some ideas and then it takes itself somewhere.

— Mark Morris

I think that when I was child, acting was mostly just a hobby for me. It was something that my parents encouraged me to think of the way that my brothers thought of their cross-country classes, or my little sister to dance classes and art classes, and it was something like that for me.

— Mara Wilson

I mean whatever I do it’s important that I put my stamp on it and keep it in my world, whether I’m doing a dance track or something like the Russian album for example.

— Marc Almond

Obviously, there’s the seedy side of the strip club world and pole dancing. But, pole dancing, as an art form, is really beautiful. It’s been hyper-sexualized because it’s associated with strippers, but if you think about it, just in terms of other kinds of dancing, they’re using an instrument to create these amazing dance forms.

— Megalyn Echikunwoke

I would be a very sad person if I didn’t have dance in my life. However I can, whatever I do, I just feel a lot of joy. Even if I am sad, if you take me to a rehearsal hall, I will automatically become happy.

— Mouni Roy

I can’t dance on ice, because I’m like Bambi on ice.

— Martine McCutcheon

Celebrate life in all its glory – challenge yourself to let the routine sing, and the new dance.

— Maximillian Degenerez

My dance classes were open to anybody, my only stipulation was that they had to come to the class every day.

— Merce Cunningham

Fortunately, dance has been what’s interested me all my life. So whether I am faced with incapacities or not, it still absorbs me.

— Merce Cunningham

I think the thing that we agreed to so many years ago, actually, was that the music didn’t have to support the dance nor the dance illustrate the music, but they could be two things going on at the same time.

— Merce Cunningham

In 1962 I was 17, so I was definitely watching the dance shows on television.

— Micky Dolenz

I’m the first one out on the dance floor. In college I had to take jazz, ballet and tap dancing, but, before that, it was just social.

— Miles Teller

Footloose’ is a fun movie. If you do it right, people should leave wanting to dance.

— Miles Teller

I have maintained a low profile throughout my career but have always done things in my own unique way, be it dancing or dressing up. On the dance floor, I had my own unique steps and often had to lead my choreographer.

— Mithun Chakraborty

When I go out, I’m not going out to find a man I’m going out to dance the night away with my best friends.

— Mollie King

I can dance, act, beatbox and whistle very well.

— Mario Vazquez

When something is written for you or handed to you, sometimes there’s a very interesting dance as you discover what it is that’s required.

— Mark Sheppard

I’ve taken classes most of my life, and it’s no secret among my friends I want to be in a movie about dance. Maybe ‘Step Up 2,’ with the delightful Channing Tatum.

— Marsha Thomason

I actually quit ballet when I was offered a job, an apprenticeship at North Carolina Dance Theater Company, run by John Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride, who are my idols. Everything sort of went perfectly. I was 16, and I was about to drop out of high school and become a professional ballet dancer.

— Margaret Qualley

I wouldn’t call myself a dancer. I would never even dance in a club – I can’t move my feet! I’m terribly shy about moving. I feel comfortable in my body, but dancing is like learning another language.

— Matthew James Thomas

Back in the Stone Age, before there were workshops, it was a very difficult idea to get into musical theatre. Normally, you would be a chorus girl or boy and write something. People would get their start as rehearsal pianists or dance assistants.

— Maury Yeston

I’m weirdly flexible, so when I dance, I dance like a 17-year-old girl.

— Michael Angarano

I still take acting, singing, and dance classes. I think no matter where you go in your career, you can always learn more and better yourself.

— Max Schneider

I love grooves and dance music, but I like the feeling behind songs too.

— Michael Kiwanuka

My grandmother had a Miss Margaret’s School of Dance to teach tap and ballet to kids, but I never studied it. I was raised a Mormon and they’re dancing fools. It’s the only vice they have – dancing.

— Michelle Shocked

I have ballet class every other day for two hours. And for ‘Six Feet Under’, last week there was a sequence where I had to do a whole choreographed dance number, so I had four hours of dance practice every day.

— Michelle Trachtenberg

If people tell you it’s impossible, it’s an even better reason to want to do it. People have a tendency to see the problem rather than the final result. If you treat the problems as possibilities, life will start to dance with you in the most amazing ways.

— Martin Villeneuve

I loved to dance and went to Studio 54 at least twice a week. But I always felt nervous around the people there. I was in awe of that whole Halston-Liza Minnelli crowd. To me, they were the real celebrities, and I was just a girl from Idaho.

— Margaux Hemingway

Ever since I was 2 or 3, I loved to perform for people. I would walk up to another table in a restaurant and crack a joke, sing a song, do a dance, or something entertaining, and the ‘audience’ would almost always smile and laugh.

— Maxim Knight

When I was two and a half or three, my mom got a call from someone asking if wanted to go on an audition. I ended up getting the job it was a commercial for Hasbro. It was my first audition and first commercial. I just had to smile and laugh and dance around.

— Megan Charpentier

I don’t go into my dentist and say, ‘Are you gay?’ I don’t say to contestants on ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ ‘Are you gay?’ What does it got to do with me? What does it got to do with anybody?

— Nigel Lythgoe

I’m 27. I feel like I get it. I’m OK with being sexy if I feel like it. Some days I’m brainy, some days I’m funny, some days I’m sexy, and sometimes, I just want to dance.

— Nelly Furtado

Dance is very, very old. With Louis XIV at Versailles is where ballet started.

— Neve Campbell

Dance is certainly a sport, and they are phenomenal athletes, and they’re also artists.

— Neve Campbell

Growing up, I thought I was going to be Madonna. I wanted to be a pop star. I wanted to dance and sing.

— Natalie Maines

I trained in every form of dance – started as a tap dancer when I was a kid, then contemporary, ballet, ballroom, everything. Russian, Swedish.

— Nigel Lythgoe

The dance community suddenly came alive with programs like ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ ‘America’s Best Dance Crew’ and ‘Dancing With The Stars.’

— Nigel Lythgoe

My girlfriend in eighth grade had been asking her friends when I was going to kiss her. At a dance, my buddy said, ‘You better do it now!’ I went in for it. I felt like the coolest person on the face of the earth. A week or two later, she broke up with me.

— Michael Rady

You’re being cast for your acting ability. It’s not based on the way your body functions. If you’re playing a lead in a movie, it’s for that character and they’ll tailor it to you. In a dance company, you have to fit in a definite mold.

— Neve Campbell

I don’t think women’s prisons are environments for dance routines, and I don’t think mass murder is humorous.

— Natalie Merchant

When I meet a girl, I just sort of do really over-exaggerated terrible dance moves… a lot of hip movements. I get them laughing, and get them to feel pity for me, and then they like me!

— Nicholas D’Agosto

I hadn’t played any music since freshman year of college, more than thirty years ago, so I had to relearn everything. I started writing songs. Some were dance and trance songs (I listen to them a lot while I’m writing), and some were love songs, because that after all is what music is about – dancing and trancing and love and love’s setbacks.

— Nicholson Baker

When I was 13, I moved from New Jersey to Germany with my family. The high school was so supportive of my dream to continue with my theater training instead of taking PE, I would get credit for dance lessons.

— Nina Arianda

I was into opera as a kid – I’d play ‘Carmen’ and sing and dance. My mom signed me up for a theater group before preschool, and I never looked back.

— Nina Arianda

I am a member of the Kiowa Gourd Dance Society I visit sacred places such as Devil’s Tower and the Medicine Wheel. These places are important to me, because they’ve been made sacred by sacrifice, by the investment of blood and experience and story.

— N. Scott Momaday

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

— Ninette de Valois

Exactly the same with dancing, you can’t dance until you’ve learnt steps, the things your feet can do.

— Ninette de Valois

Also, if you have an accident, you can’t start to dance again at the top, you’re too weak you start with the easy things – the way you did them when you were young, and come up up up, the way you did then.

— Ninette de Valois

My father-in-law saw me at a dance performance. The next day, I got a phone call, and the caller said, ‘I’m Dhirubhai Ambani… may I talk to Nita?’ I said, ‘It’s a wrong number’ and put down the phone. Then he called again… and I said, ‘If you’re Dhirubhai Ambani, then I’m Elizabeth Taylor.’

— Nita Ambani

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.

— Nita Ambani

Since I was a child, I always loved music that made me want to dance. As a teenager, I used to dance the night away to electronic music.

— Nadia Ali

I have thought about the next steps, and you know, they still don’t know that I can dance. They don’t know it, and it’s frustrating me because I feel that it’s an edge that I have, and I’m not talking about I took this hip hop class, I’m talking about this is how people actually know me.

— Naima Adedapo

It’s funny because a lot of people that know me as a dancer, don’t know that I’m a singer, and a lot of people that know I can sing don’t know I can dance. And so, I feel like at some point I have to show them both and really be able to display it and showcase it, and put that out there.

— Naima Adedapo

From my debut until now, I’ve always wanted to sing and dance.

— Namie Amuro

In the beginning, I didn’t dance that much and stuff.

— Namie Amuro

So you can have your program, but you also have to be ready to change it immediately because there are certain kinds of people who like certain kinds of songs and they like – some people want to dance when you come out, some people just want to be intimate with you. So you kind of feel your way through a show.

— Nickolas Ashford

I like places where you can dance to crazy music, like Bedlam or Eastern Bloc in the East Village.

— Nicola Formichetti

You were taught how to do the things you needed to do. Dance, speech, fencing. They groomed people. If you were in a film, and the script wasn’t working for you, they brought in screenwriters and fixed the scripts.

— Norman Lloyd

Rand Paul does not like being compared to his father Ron any more than sons named Bush like to dance in their father’s shadow, but the crucial difference is that while the Bushes all hail from the relative mainstream of the GOP, the Pauls have an ideological tributary virtually to themselves.

— Nancy Gibbs

Dance is something which I like to do, but acting is my passion. I would like to do good and meaty roles.

— Nargis Fakhri

The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.

— Neil Gaiman

My favorite time to dance is at, like, wedding receptions, when it’s all ages and everyone seems to be having fun.

— Neil Patrick Harris

I think when dance is mediocre, it’s painful. But when dance is really impressive, it destroys.

— Neil Patrick Harris

A cardio-funk class – I should have at least taken one of those. But it’s always terrified me. I’m never one to be a dancer on the dance floor, even at a bar or a club.

— Neil Patrick Harris

I never studied dance, but if you look at ‘Wild At Heart,’ my mother saw that movie and said, ‘You are a dancer. Look at how you’re moving: all that strange energy is like modern dance.’

— Nicolas Cage

When people start dancing, they dance like they don’t know they are doing it.

— Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

I’m ready to take the world by storm and have them look at me and say, ‘Deaf people can dance.’

— Nyle DiMarco

It’s a tender and complicated dance, watching our parents age. We become protective in ways we never were before, and we study them with a mix of sadness and curiosity: Is this what we will be like when we are their age? We tell ourselves to be patient – just answer the same question again as if it wasn’t answered a moment ago.

— Patti Davis

We got on American Bandstand, where kids would dance to a record and then rate it. We called ourselves Tom and Jerry. I was Jerry.

— Paul Simon

I used to dance for seventeen years -classical ballet, which was very disciplined. I like yoga and Pilates, but I don’t have the discipline to go to the gym.

— Penelope Cruz

I don’t really know any other musicians like me. I grew up backstage with my dad who played in a post-war dance band, so I always feel at home at a venue.

— Pete Townshend

My father was in a dance band, and I wanted to do what he did, play the saxophone, but I couldn’t blow a note, so he suggested the guitar. Chromatic harmonica was actually my first instrument, and I got very good at it – not quite Stevie Wonder, but very good.

— Pete Townshend

I play a lot of hard, uncompromising dance music it can be anything from dance to rock to reggae.

— Peter Hook

Dance, theatre, etc. as art, will disappear along with the dominating ‘expression’ of tragedy and harmony: the movement of life itself will become harmonious.

— Piet Mondrian

I don’t want anyone to fail, so if you can make money off music even though you can’t sing or dance, that’s genius.

— Prince

I always had an inferiority complex, like I wasn’t good enough. I was shy. But dancing gave me so much joy, and I was good at it. I felt like a whole person because I could dance.

— Patricia McBride

I’ve had an extraordinary life as a dancer. You tour the world, you see all the great capitals of the world, the beautiful old opera houses all over Europe – you go everywhere. As a teenager, I would always say, ‘I can’t believe this is happening to little me,’ because it was always a dream to dance.

— Patricia McBride

When you dance, it takes a lot of stamina, but it never seemed like work ’cause I was doing something that I so loved doing. It was always a joy. And you know, to have beautiful ballets made specially for you is such an honor. I always said it was better than diamonds.

— Patricia McBride

It was extraordinary ’cause I was 17 years old when I first danced with Edward Villella. And we were both young. But I had seen him dance, and he was already a star. So he was just so gentle and wonderful and kind, and we had a great rapport together. He was one of the most exciting dancers of our day.

— Patricia McBride

I’ve had a lot of very positive feedback about those stories, and seem to have struck upon something that most people feel. I can also tap dance, and don’t know many other authors who can.

— Paul Kane

When I was 25, I was in a show called ‘Bajour,’ and I was going to leave the show because I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t sing, and I couldn’t do the basic dance steps I had to do. Fortunately, two actors in the production – who were also yoga instructors – taught me some breathing exercises, and my asthma was cured that day.

— Paul Sorvino

For the amount of talent I had – and I couldn’t dance, act, or tell a joke – I enjoyed a tremendous career.

— Perry Como

If some actress thinks she is sexy and she can dance, it’s her choice. I do what I want to do, and I set my own benchmark. I will never compare myself with anyone.

— Preity Zinta

I can dance for, like, four or five hours nonstop without even drinking water. It’s a beautiful, beautiful thing.

— Petra Nemcova

I have great editors, and I always have. Somehow, great editors ask the right questions or pose things to you that get you to write better. It’s a dance between you, your characters, and your editor.

— Patricia MacLachlan

I used to be a dancer, and for me it was a really good combination of dance and acting.

— Patricia Velasquez

I would love to learn how to dance. I can pick up choreography pretty well. But when you’re dancing with your friends, I can’t do that. I’m not a freestyler. It just doesn’t come naturally to me. Clapping is my go-to dance.

— Olivia Holt

On the other hand, I was very much interested in the way people behaved, the human dance, how they seemed to move around each other. I wanted to play around with that.

— Octavia Butler

I suppose I’ve got a natural rhythm. When I was little, I used to just dance a lot and have some fun. I’d never been taught to dance. I’ve never been to dance school. I do my own little dance moves.

— Olly Murs

I’m not going to do a song that’s really sad and thoughtful. Although I’ve done ballads like ‘Dear Darlin’,’ I want to make them dance and be happy.

— Olly Murs

Fight scenes are like learning a dance. You learn it move by move, and then you put it all together and it looks awesome when you edit it together. It’s great!

— Rachel Nichols

Music is universal too. Even deaf people like to dance, love rhythm, and can kind of pick it up.

— Rainn Wilson

I was inspired by a lot of people when I was young. Every band that came through town, to the theater, or the dance hall. I was at every dance, every night club, listened to every band that came through, because in those days we didn’t have MTV, we didn’t have television.

— Quincy Jones

To be a great actor, you really don’t need to go to acting school or learn dance classes or work on your body. You have to be intelligent. You have to draw on a lot of emotions that you go through in life that you can tap into once you work on a set.

— Ranbir Kapoor

For me, soccer was a dance.

— Rabih Alameddine

I think there’s definitely a dance album or at least single in me somewhere. I would want to work with a really cool Ibiza DJ, though.

— Rebecca Ferguson

When I’m traveling, I always look for a dance studio. It’s a great workout and a wonderful way to meet new friends in the community.

— Rachel Boston

I watched a lot of soap operas like ‘General Hospital’ and ‘Days Of Our Lives.’ When it came to movies, my parents were quite strict. They would watch ‘Flash Dance’ but wouldn’t let us see the whole film because Jennifer Beals’ character was a stripper. It was so funny when I finally saw the whole film. I thought she was a ballerina!

— Rachel McAdams

Regis can do anything these young punks can do. I fit right in there with my Fox people. They want Regis to dance, Regis will dance. They want Regis to lift weights with them, Regis will lift weights with them. Whatever they want!

— Regis Philbin

What interested me was dance – the way that it was constructed with time-space constructions, and that it was abstract. I always thought: ‘Why couldn’t theater be that way? Or an opera?’

— Robert Wilson

I know I have to be like people expect, because people love to dream with me, they like to think that I love my boat of 50 metres, that I drink Cristal for breakfast, that I dance until five o’clock in the morning. I am not like that.

— Roberto Cavalli

So You Think You Can Dance’ comes on as a high-minded leap up the evolutionary ladder from other reality shows – on this one, you’re supposed to learn something, and the guest judges are fellow dance professionals rather than actual celebrities.

— Rob Sheffield

Like most fans of ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ I wouldn’t know a pasodoble if it beat me with a rake.

— Rob Sheffield

I actually sing horribly, but I used to dance pretty good. I was a gymnast, and you can usually use those gymnastic tricks with dance. Plus, they’re so much fun to do. That wasn’t really a big part of my career. It was just a phase.

— Robert Englund

I have late onset ADHD. I take on too much and end up spinning plates, but it’s entertaining, and it helps you make quick connections if you’re a comedian, if you have a brain that can dance around too much.

— Rory Bremner

Whether I do an original film, a dance, or a remake of my dad’s hit songs, I have always been compared to him.

— Ram Charan

We had something to say. Whenever we played, people didn’t dance, they listened.

— Ruben Blades

Every label thinks, when they sign someone, ‘This is the perfect pedigree to sign. They’re cute, they can sing, they can dance, et cetera.’ And they say to the public, ‘Here, this is what you’re gonna like.’ But you might say, ‘No, I don’t like that!’ You’ll probably say ‘no’ many more times than you’ll say ‘yes!’

— Randy Jackson

I love to dance, but my children tell me I shouldn’t. Can’t see why.

— Richard Branson

I feel like when I do some dance moves during the week or at the house, I’m quicker on my feet. I can react quicker just from dancing.

— Rob Gronkowski

I was one of those kids who tended to stay in on Saturday nights. My mother used to come and say, ‘Why don’t you go to the dance with the boys?’ And I’m going, ‘No, I’m perfectly happy.’ I think my parents thought I was definitely weird.

— Ridley Scott

We dance round in a ring and suppose, but the secret sits in the middle and knows.

— Robert Frost

My goal now is to dance all the dances as long as I can, and then to sit down contented after the last elegant tango some sweet night and pass on because there wasn’t another dance left in me.

— Robert Fulghum

The eternal and uneasy relationship between ballet and modern dance endures, but radically altered in tone and intensity.

— Robert Gottlieb

Dance stories, unlike those in opera, are usually simple.

— Robert Gottlieb

Many people say to me, particularly about my dance writing, ‘It sounds just like you.’ But it sounds just like me after I’ve made it sound like me.

— Robert Gottlieb

I can’t claim to ‘understand’ ‘Byzantium,’ if any dance work can be ‘understood,’ but whenever I see it, I sense that it’s charged with meaning.

— Robert Gottlieb

The early giants of modern dance – Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis – barely left traces of their art.

— Robert Gottlieb

Every great dance company, even when it seems poised in perfect balance, needs constant renewal of both repertory and performers.

— Robert Gottlieb

Porgy and Bess’ has never been thought of as a dance show, and yet it’s filled with dance. It uses dance to punctuate the action, or as background, or as atmosphere even when it’s front and center, it isn’t crucial.

— Robert Gottlieb

Melissa Barak, an ex-City Ballet dancer and sometime choreographer, has put together an unspeakably dopey and incompetent mess called ‘Call Me Ben,’ combining ultra-generic dance, terrible dialogue and disastrous storytelling, about the founding of Las Vegas by the gangster Bugsy Siegel, who insists, violently, on being addressed as ‘Ben.’

— Robert Gottlieb
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