Belly Dance Quotes
- "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."
- "...The moment one knows how, one begins to die a little. Living
is a form of not being sure, of not knowing what next or how.....One leaps
in the dark!" -Agnes Demille, Dance Choreographer
- "There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that
is translated through you into action and because there is only one of you
in all of time this expression is unique. And if you block it it will never
exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it."
- "O body swayed to music, O brightening glance, How can we know
the dancer from the dance?" -William Butler Yeats
- "Dancing's not work. You can't call it work. A day I don't dance
is a day I don't live."
From *Serpent of the Nile*, Wendy Buonaventura. Saqi Books, London, 1989.
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- On with the dance! let joy be unconfined;
No sleep till morn, when Youth and Pleasure meet
To chase the glowing hours with flying feet.
---Lord Byron, *Childe Harold's Pilgrimage*, Canto III, Stanza 22
- The art of dancing stands at the source of all the arts that express themselves first in the human person. The art of building, or architecture, is the beginning of all the arts that lie outside the person; and in the end they unite.... Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no more translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself.
---Havelock Ellis, *The Dance of Life*, Chap. 2
- Haste thee, Nymph, and bring with thee
Jest, and youthful Jollity,
Quips and Cranks and wanton Wiles,
Nods and Becks and wreathe`d Smiles....
Sport, that wrinkled Care derides,
And Laughter holding both his sides,
Come, and trip it, as you go,
On the light fantastic toe.
---John Milton, *L'Allegro*, line 25
- Dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education: dancing with the feet, with ideas, with words, and, need I add that one must also be able to dance with the pen?
---Friedrich Nietzsche, *The Twilight of the Idols*, Things the Germans Lack, 7
- When you do dance, I wish you
A wave o' the sea, that you might ever do
Nothing but that.
---William Shakespeare, *The Winter's Tale*, Sc. 3, line 140
This page last updated September 9, 1996 by Stefan (firstname.lastname@example.org).