Houston Area Traditional Dance Society

Dance Quotes

Most of these quotes can be found at the bottom of various pages on this site. We've gathered them together on this one page, and added one or two extras.

There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them.
~ Vicki Baum

Stifling an urge to dance is bad for your health—it rusts your spirit and your hips.
~ Adabella Radici

Socrates learned to dance when he was seventy because he felt that an essential part of himself had been neglected.
~ Source Unknown

When someone blunders, we say that he makes a misstep. Is it then not clear that all the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill our history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill in dancing?
~ Moliere, 1622

I see dance being used as communication between body and soul, to express what is too deep to find for words.
~ Ruth St. Denis

While I dance I cannot judge, I cannot hate, I cannot separate myself from life. I can only be joyful and whole. That is why I dance.
~ Hans Bos

Any problem in the world can be solved by dancing.
~ James Brown

Contra dance is Real People in Real Time with Real Music. It is Real Life.
~ from Gary Shapiro's What is Contra Dance? page

I've never seen so many smiles in one place!
~ a new Houston dancer

It's like a rhythmic swirl of awesomeness and dancing.
~ Alix Hamburger, a 10th grader describing contra dance.

For the good are always the merry, Save by an evil chance;
And the merry love the fiddle, And the merry love to dance.
~ from The Fiddler of Dooney ~ William Butler Yeats

The first law of human relations is to respect the freedom of the other person. The second law is to act out your own freedom. Fulfilling these laws at precisely the same time is extremely difficult, but essential for harmonious social relations. I know of no better example for seeing these laws operating together in practice than in the figures of a well-danced, well-composed English country dance. A spectator sees countless movements crossing in an infinite variety; everything takes place in such a way that one has already made room for the other. Everything fits so cleverly and yet artlessly together; it is the most perfect example of an individual freedom and the respected freedom of the other.
~ attributed to Friedrich Schiller