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Motivational Dance & Ballet Quotes You Need to Read! – Pt 2

By Samantha Bellerose, B.Ed, Dip.Dance (Performing Arts)

If you’re looking for inspiration on how to motivate yourself, these dance and ballet quotes can help you achieve your goals. You may even want to use them as encouragement when someone like your dance kid is having a hard time with something.

This list includes quotes from famous people who have been involved in the arts, including dancers, actors, singers, choreographers, musicians, directors, producers, writers, and even people who a not artistic at all!!!

Some of these people are well-known while others might not be as familiar.

Regardless of their fame, they all share one thing in common – an ability to use words to inspire and motivate.

Whether you’re looking for inspiration to take your dancing to new heights or want to know how to stay motivated during your next performance, these dance quotes will surely do the trick!

The quotes have been collected over time and I hope they inspire you when you need the extra motivation!

Scroll through the list or pin and save the images for inspiration. Enjoy these motivational dance quotes for dancers, choreographers and teachers!


We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.(Japanese Proverb)

We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.(Japanese Proverb)

Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order. (Samuel Beckett)

Dance first. Think later. It's the natural order. (Samuel Beckett)

I can do anything if I’m in a tutu.

I can do anything if I'm in a tutu.

Dance is the mother of all languages. (R.G Collingwood)

Dance is the mother of all languages.

Let us read, and let us dance. These two amusements will never do any harm to the world. (Voltaire)

Let us read, and let us dance.  These two amusements will never do any harm to the world.

No bird soars too high if she soars with her own wings.(William Blake)

No bird soars too high if she soars with her own wings.

I will go anywhere as long as it is forward. (David Livingston)


Life is a dance from one stage, to the next.

Life is a dance from one stage, to the next.

Dance is the poetic baring of the soul through motion.

Dance is the poetic baring of the soul through motion.

We know what we are, but not always what we could be.

We know what we are, but not always what we could be.

Work hard and be proud of what you achieve.

Work hard and be proud of what you achieve.

There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness.

There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness.

If you’ve never failed, you’ve never tried anything new.

If you've never failed, you've never tried anything new.

All things are difficult before they are easy. (Thomas Fuller)

All things are difficult before they are easy. - Thomas Fuller

Work hard, stay humble.

Work hard, stay humble.

Children need models rather than critics. (Joseph Joubert)

Children need models rather than critics. (Joseph Joubert)

It takes an athlete to dance, but it takes an artist to be a dancer. (Shanna LaFleur)

It takes an athlete to dance, but it takes an artist to be a dancer. (Shanna LaFleur)

Dance to the beat of your dreams.

Dance to the beat of your dreams.

Quantity is what you count, quality is what you count on.

Quantity is what you count, quality is what you count on.

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. (Mark Twain)

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. (Mark Twain)