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Modern Dance Quotes

Modern Dance Quotes by Anna Kaiser, Robert Gottlieb, Evan Esar, Martha Graham, Twyla Tharp, Marina Abramovic and many others.

Dance has been a driving force in my life for 25 years. From music videos and hip hop, to jazz and musical theater, to ballet and classic modern dance, I have had extensive exposure to a variety of techniques that inspire my own electric style.
Anna Kaiser
The early giants of modern dance – Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis – barely left traces of their art.
Robert Gottlieb
The modern dance is no dance in the first place, and when you’ve finally learned it, it’s not modern any more.
Evan Esar
Dancing is just discovery, discovery, discovery – what it all means, the way the little bone near the ankle relates itself to the floor for a perfect stance, a perfect plie.
Martha Graham
A lot of people insisted on a wall between modern dance and ballet. I’m beginning to think that walls are very unhealthy things.
Twyla Tharp
A lot of people insisted on a wall between modern dance and ballet, that the two disciplines were totally separate, and if you did one, you couldn’t do the other. I’m beginning to think that walls are very unhealthy things.
Twyla Tharp
What we want from modern dance is courage and audacity.
Twyla Tharp
You know I very much respect Yvonne Rainer, she is very important – in American dance, the entire development of modern dance, and creating a wonderful physical language.
Marina Abramovic
There’s a style in modern dance right now called Release Technique. It’s based on a feeling of falling and catching yourself, and I thought it was such a good metaphor for the way life feels.
Greta Gerwig
There are times when the simple dignity of movementcan fulfill the function of a volume of words.
Doris Humphrey
If nobody comes to your shows, then it’s modern dance. If everybody comes to your shows and no one likes it, is that ballet? I don’t know.
Mark Morris
I did not want to be a tree, a flower or a wave. In a dancer’s body, we as audience must see ourselves, not the imitated behavior of everyday actions, not the phenomenon of nature, not exotic creatures from another planet, but something of the miracle that is a human being.
Martha Graham
I enjoy the freedom of modern dance as well as the constraints of classical dance.
Deborah Bull
If I were to try to break into the world of modern dance, after the first few rejections the logical response might be, practice even more. But after the 12,000th rejection, maybe I should realize this isn’t a viable career option.
Robert Sapolsky
We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.
Albert Einstein
I was in the chorus in high school, not a soloist. I was on the basketball team. I was in modern dance, part of the group. I was a cheerleader, part of the group. I played the violin, part of the orchestra. I never wanted to be out there alone. Ever.
Eva Marie Saint
If you can’t get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you’d best teach it to dance.
George Bernard Shaw
When I look at the people who are the guiding figures in modern dance, I think, ‘This does not look to me like the way I want to spend my days.’
Twyla Tharp
I got the part [in Into the Forest], I started taking ballet again to try to regain my strength back. I actually love that it was changed to Crystal Pite’s modern dance. And I wouldn’t even really call it modern dance because it feels like it’s in its own genre.
Evan Rachel Wood
I attended Professional Children’s School in Manhattan because my ballet and modern dance schedules were intensive and had started to interfere with regular school hours.
Essence Atkins
I never studied dance, but if you look at ‘Wild At Heart,’ my mother saw that movie and said, ‘You are a dancer. Look at how you’re moving: all that strange energy is like modern dance.’
Nicolas Cage
The Dancer believes that his art has something to say which cannot be expressed in words or in any other way than by dancing.
Doris Humphrey
Americans will be amazed to find ho many of the modern dance steps are relics of the African heritage.
Paul Robeson
Kun-Yang Lin is a young Taiwanese choreographer with strong American modern dance roots. (His) New York debut at the Cunningham studio were notable for their craft and sturdy spirituality.
Jennifer Dunning
The eternal and uneasy relationship between ballet and modern dance endures, but radically altered in tone and intensity.
Robert Gottlieb