All night have the roses heard
The flute, violin, bassoon;
All night has the casement jessamine stirr'd
To the dancers dancing in tune;
Till a silence fell with the waking bird,
And a hush with the setting moon.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)
English poet
They who love dancing too much seem to have more brains in their feet than in their head.
Terence (c. 190-159 BC)
Roman playwright
Dancing is like bank robbery, it takes split second timing.
Twyla Tharp (1941)
USA choreographer
In making dances I can make a world where I think things are done morally, done democratically, done honestly.
Twyla Tharp (1941)
USA choreographer
I would have to challenge the term, modern dance. I don't really use that term in relation to my work. I simply think of it as dancing. I think of it as moving.
Twyla Tharp (1941)
USA choreographer
I'm not one who divides music, dance or art into various categories. Either something works, or it doesn't.
Twyla Tharp (1941)
USA choreographer
There's this expression called postmodernism, which is kind of silly, and destroys a perfectly good word called modern, which now no longer means anything.
Twyla Tharp (1941)
USA choreographer
Lightness of movement is the cardinal demand one has to make on a dancer.
Frank Thiess (1890-1977)
German writer
I would like to tell all dancers to forget themselves and the desire for self display. They must become completely absorbed in the dance. Even in a classical variation there should never be any thought of a dancer doing a variation . . . he should become identified with it.
Antony Tudor (1908-1987)
English ballet choreographer
We consider that any man who can fiddle all through one of those Virginia Reels without losing his grip, may be depended upon in any kind of musical emergency.
Mark Twain (1835-1910)
USA author