(Evaluation of Fred Astaire's very first screen test)
Toe dancing is a dandy attention getter, second only to screaming.
Anonymous ballroom couple overheard saying this while practicing for Standard (where you have to maintain body contact the entire time)
"Gentlemen, remember the 15 second rule. When the music stops, you have 15 seconds to escort your partner back to her seat. If you're too slow, the music will start again and you'll be stuck for another dance."
Anonymous dance teacher addressing the class
A good dancer has the posture that can say 'I have presence, and you are dirt'; especially when they forget to smile.
About balance: Cranes stand on one leg, but cannot dance a step.
A man who dances has his choice of romances.
Beginning dancer: knows nothing. Intermediate dancer: knows everything; too good to dance with beginners. Hotshot dancer: too good to dance with anyone. Advanced dancer: dances everything… especially with beginners.
Dancers and musicians have always counted music differently. There is a cute anecdote about Stravinsky yelling at Nijinsky, "There is no 27 in my music!"
He: "Can I have the last dance with you?" She: "You are having it!"
If dancing were any easier it would be called football.
It's not the turning that’s hard in pirouettes, it's that you gotta keep on doin' it.
Lesser dancers stumble; better dancers syncopate.
Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels!
The Ballet toe shoe is one of the few instruments of torture to survive intact into our time.
What if doing the hokey pokey IS what it is all about?
You can't make a pointe if you don't understand the details.
The forms of tango are like stages of a marriage. The American tango is like the beginning of a love affair, when you're both very romantic and on your best behavior. The Argentine tango is when you're in the heat of things and all kinds of emotions are flying: passion, anger, humor. The International tango is like the end of the marriage, when you're staying together for the sake of the children.
I grew up with six brothers. That's how I learned to dance - waiting for the bathroom.
If their feet aren't in the right place, at least their hearts are.
Christian M. Chensvold (on novice swingers)
Dancing is a wonderful training for girls. It's the first way you learn to guess what a man is going to do before he does it.
Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.
Discourse on virtue and they pass by in droves. Whistle and dance the shimmy and you've got an audience.
I just put my feet on the ground and move them around.
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
I got started dancing because I knew that was one way to meet girls.
Part of the joy of dancing is conversation. Trouble is, some men can't talk and dance at the same time.
Carpe Dancem (seize the dance)
To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there's no music, no choreography, and the dancers hit each other.
We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.
No move is too tricky; no spin too excessive… for my partner.
Ballroom Dancing just gets more exciting the more you know about it, which is why you have to do well at school so you can spend the rest of your life supporting your habit!
Some people march to a different drummer... and some people Polka.
Los Angeles Times Syndicate
There are only two places where indiscriminate hugging is tolerated; the brothel and the ballroom.
Dancing is like a shower: one wrong turn and you're in hot water!
Never trust spiritual leader who cannot dance.
I was a ballerina. I had to quit after I injured a groin muscle. It wasn't mine.
Draw a crazy picture
Write a nutty poem
Sing a mumble-gumble song
Whistle through your comb
Do a loony-goony dance
'Cross the kitchen floor
Put something silly in the world
That ain't been there before
Football isn't a contact sport; it's a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport.
The girl who can't dance says the band can't play.
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The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing.
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