If their feet aren't in the right place, at least their hearts are.
Christian M. Chensvold, on novice swingers
Swing is so much more than a dance, it's a way of life. The music gets stuck in your mind and the dance is in your heart and the whole scene is engraved on your soul. You can fly.
With so many bands it's about their ego. But we're just servants to the dancers; we wouldn't be anything without them."
Heather Ellison, of the Savoy Swingers
We should consider every day lost
in which we do not Dance at least once"
One must still have chaos in oneself to give birth to a dancing star
If you can walk, you can dance.
If you can talk, you can sing."
A saying in Zimbabwe
Discourse on virtue and they pass by in droves,
whistle and dance the shimmy and you've got an audience.
About a year ago I took up line dancing. I got so into it I had to join a Self help group to stop. It's a TWO STEP program
Frederick J. Boenig Pres. Buckskin & Lace Event Planners
To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak
Derrick "Suwaima" Davis, Hopi/Chocktaw Indian
Nothing is more revealing than movement.
Martha Graham (1894-1991), U.S. dancer, choreographer. "The American Dance" (published in Modern Dance, ed. by Virginia Stewart, 1935).
To shake your rump is to be environmentally aware.
David Byrne (b. 1952), U.S. rock musician. Sleeve notes to his compilation of Brazilian Samba music, O Samba: Brazil Classics 2 (1989).
The girl who can't dance says the band can't play.
The white youth of today have begun to react to the fact that the "American Way of Life" is a fossil of history. What do they care if their old baldheaded and crew-cut elders don't dig their caveman mops? They couldn't care less about the old, stiffassed honkies who don't like their new dances: Frug, Monkey, Jerk, Swim, Watusi. All they know is that it feels good to swing to way-out body-rhythms instead of dragassing across the dance floor like zombies to the dead beat of mind-smothered Mickey Mouse music.
Eldridge Cleaver (b. 1935), U.S. black leader, writer. Soul on Ice, "The White Race and Its Heroes" (1968).
To everything there is a season, ... and a time to dance;
Bible, Hebrew . Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.
To dance is to live....to live is to dance.
Dance is the only art form where the artist is also the medium of expression.
Dancing is an AMAZING activity. You can go up to a gorgeous woman that you've never met before, spend three minutes touching her virtually anywhere on her body, and she THANKS you for it afterwards!
Mario Robau, Jr. at a workshop in Bethesda, MD Spring, 1991
Want to spend lots of time dancing with ladies? Impress them with how good they are!
Dancing is a vertical expression of a horizontal desire
"All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing."
Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself.
Henry Havelock Ellis, 1923: The Dance of Life
"No move is too tricky, no spin too excessive. For my partner."
"Lesser dancers stumble, better dancers syncopate"
"Women have to do everything that a man does, but backwards and in high heels!"
"A good dancer has the posture that can say I have presence, and you are dirt. Especially when they forget to smile."
"The only good dancer is a dead dancer"
"Jitterbuggers would dance to windshield wipers if nothing else was available" Woody Herman(?) He apparently didn't like dancers very much; they didn't "respect" his music.
Dancers and musicians have always counted music differently. (There is a cute anectode about Stravinsky yelling at Nijinsky, "There is no 27 in my music!"...)
"If I can't dance to it, it's not my revolution."
or "If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution."
"I would believe only in a God that knows how to Dance."
"Where's there's Swing, there is a way"