“Dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt.
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
- William W. Purkey
The art of dance is the art of life itself, a pulse, a heartbeat, a driving force to live, live, live. It inspires so many people, all over the world, in so many ways, and means so many things to so many different people. What is dance, after all? Is it self-expression? Beauty? Sexuality? Is it fluid movement, or hip-shaking hotness, or crazy athleticism? Is it individuality or unity? Curves or angles? Isn’t dance all of those things? After all, it’s an art form that encompasses ballet and hip-hop, tap and krumping, the chorus line, the ballroom duet, and the solo. It can be choreographed or improvised, costumed or nude. Dance is simply the body’s urge towards movement in a way unlike any other; the merging of music with the physical. It can be concentrated or mindless, and is paradoxically both rigidly rehearsed and fundamentally free.
It is dance.
“Dancing faces you towards Heaven, whichever direction you turn.” – Sweetpea Tyler
“Dance is your pulse, your heartbeat, your breathing. It’s the rhythm of your life. It’s the expression in time and movement,
in happiness, joy, sadness and envy.” – Jaques D’Amboise
“Let us read and let us dance – two amusements that will never do any harm to the world.” – Voltaire
“We should consider everyday lost in which we don’t dance.” – Neitzsche
“Dancers are athletes of God.” – Albert Einstein
“I have no desire to prove anything by dancing. I have never used it as an outlet or a means of expressing myself. I just dance. I just put my feet in the air and move them around.” – Fred Astaire
“The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word” – Mata Hari
“When you do dance, I wish you
A wave o’ the sea, that you might ever do
Nothing but that.”
- William Shakespeare