To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there's no music, no choreography, and the dancers hit each other.
Jack Handey (1949-)
USA humorist
The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word.
Mata Hari (1876-1917)
Frisian exotic dancer and courtesan who was executed by firing squad for espionage during World War I
So many dancers rely on some sort of magic happening on the stage. They never, for various reasons, work full out in rehearsal. That’s very uncreative. They don’t discover the kinds of things that add up to a remarkable performance.
Benjamin Harkarvy (1930-2002)
USA dance teacher
Someone need not be perfect to be a great dancer - feeling a soul is more important than what the body can do.
Marcia Haydee (1939-)
Brazilian ballerina (Dance Magazine)
Learning to walk sets you free. Learning to dance gives you the greatest freedom of all: to express your whole self, the person you are.
Melissa Hayden (1923–2006)
Canadian dancer
Aren't all ballets sexy? I think they should be. I can think of nothing more kinky than a prince chasing a swan around all night.
Sir Robert Murray Helpmann (1909-1986)
Australian choreographer
Jitterbuggers would dance to windshield wipers if nothing else was available.
Woody Herman (1913-1987)
USA jazz clarinetist
For though man has sorrow and grief in his soul, at once he forgets his dark thoughts and remembers not his troubles. Such is the holy gift of Terpsichore.
Hesiod (7th century BC)
Greek poet
So you can't dance? Not at all? Not even one step? . . . How can you say that you've taken any trouble to live when you won't even dance?
Hermann Hesse (1877-1962)
German poet
Swing is so much more than a dance, it's a way of life. The music gets stuck in your mind and the dance is in your heart and the whole scene is engraved on your soul. You can fly.
Nicholas Hope (1958-)
English actor
Dance for yourself. If someone else understands, good. If not, no matter. Go right on doing what interests you, and do it until it stops interesting you.
Louis Horst (1884-1964)
USA choreographer and pianist
Oh, 'tis jesting, dancing, drinking Spins the heavy world around.
A. E. Housman (1859-1936)
English scholar and poet
The Dancer believes that his art has something to say which cannot be expressed in words or in any other way than by dancing... there are times when the simple dignity of movement can fulfill the function of a volume of words. There are movements which impinge upon the nerves with a strength that is incomparable, for movement has power to stir the senses and emotions, unique in itself. This is the dancer's justification for being, and his reason for searching further for deeper aspects of his art.
Doris Humphrey (1895-1958)
American dancer and choreographer in 1937