The Most Inspirational Dance & Ballet Quotes!

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

Whether you need some motivation or are wanting to inspire you have come to the right place to find hundreds of dance and ballet quotes. These inspirational quotes will help you get through any situation, whether it be a performance or just everyday life.

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!


Dance is the only art in which we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made. (Ted Shawn)

Dance is the only art in which we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made.

Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape.

Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.

Dancing is the poetry of the foot.

You've never felt pain until you've walked in a dancer's shoes.

Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion. (Martha Graham)

Great dancers are not great because of their technique

Dancing is the poetry of the foot. (John Dryden)

Dancing is the poetry  of the foot.

In life as in dance: Grace glides on blistered feet.

In life  as in  dance  Grace  glides on blistered feet

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we’re here we should dance.


Train like a BEAST, look like a BEAUTY


Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart is another.

Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart is another.

You always find beauty in the things that you love

You always find beauty

Dance is a delicate balance between perfection and beauty.

Dance is a delicate balance between perfection and beauty.

There is a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a great deal of good. (Edwin Denby)

There is a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a great deal of good.

There are short-cuts to happiness and dancing is one of them. (Vicki Baum)

There are short-cuts to happiness and dancing is one of them.

The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word. (Mata Hari)

The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word.

The power of imagination makes us infinite. (John Mur)

The power of imagination makes us infinite. (John Mur)

Work hard in silence. Let success make the noise. (Frank Ocean)

Work hard in silence. Let success make the noise. (Frank Ocean)

Nobody cares if you cant dance well. Just get up and dance.

Nobody cares if you cant dance well. Just get up and dance.

You don’t have to know about ballet to enjoy it, all you have to do is look at it. (Edwin Denby)

You don't have to know about ballet to enjoy it, all you have to do is look at it. (Edwin Denby)

Fear not mistakes. We just call them variations.

Fear not mistakes. We just call them variations.

Dancing can reveal all the mystery that music conceals.

Dancing can reveal all the mystery that music conceals.

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.
About the Author

Samantha Bellerose

Samantha is a wife and mother of four kids aged 3-11. She danced and acted from the age of 5 and performed in film clips, on television, and in musical theatre professionally. She also taught dance, but after leaving the profession to backpack through Europe, Canada and the USA with her husband for three years, she then completed an Education Degree and taught within primary schools in Australia. Today she is a business owner with her husband and the creator and writer for Dance Parent 101 where she hopes her previous experience as a dancer, current experience as a dance parent and the research and writing skills she gained completing her education degree will help enlighten parents on their journey with their child through the world of dance.