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The Most Inspirational Dance & Ballet Quotes! – Part 1

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.