Ballerina Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old ballerina quotes, ballerina sayings, and ballerina proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive.     

Merce Cunningham

Every dance you make belongs to you. It is part of your collection. When you think of it like that, you'll want to make your next routine the best you've ever made!     

Torron-Lee Dewar

It ballet is a perfect medium for the expression of spiritual love.     

Ayn Rand

Dance as the narration of a magical story; that recites on lips, illuminates imaginations and embraces the most sacred depths of souls.     

Shah Asad Rizvi

Dance to inspire, dance to freedom, life is about experiences so dance and let yourself become free.     

Shah Asad Rizvi

Dancing is creating a sculpture that is visible only for a moment.

Erol Ozan

One step, two steps, three steps; like winds of time experience joy of centuries, when movements become revelations of the dance of destinies.     

Shah Asad Rizvi

The ballet needs to tell its own story in such a way it can be received without having to be translated into language.

Twyla Tharp

All ballet galas are unbearable, but they're unbearable in different ways.     

Robert Gottlieb

The ballet is a purely female thing; it is a woman, a garden of beautiful flowers, and man is the gardener.

George Balanchine

Ballet is an incredibly difficult, beautiful art form that takes a lot of training, a lot of time, and a lot of hard work.     

Sutton Foster

Ballet is like any other art form in that we all start out knowing nothing about it.     

Robert Gottlieb

Dance design is not simply one element; it is that without which ballet cannot exist. As aria is to opera, words to poetry, color to painting, so sequence in steps their syntax, idiom, vocabulary are the stuff of stage dancing.

Lincoln Kirstein

In ballet a complicated story is impossible to tell we can’t dance synonyms.

George Balanchine

Ballet is purifying, every movement physically honed and essential, with no superfluity or excess.

Jennifer Homans

Ballet is a universe of the imagination, a place of magic and enchantment, beauty and romance. Its many worlds vibrate with graceful dancers, glorious music, and sumptuous costumes.

Trudy Garfunkel

Ballet is the body rising. Ballet is ceremonial and hieratic. Its disdain for the commonplace material world is the source of its authority and glamour.

Camille Paglia

Ballet is created on beautiful lines and shapes. If what you hear and what you see mesh, there's a very thrilling experience.     

Martin Fridmann

The physical language of the body is so much more powerful than words.

Bill Irwin

Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts. For it is no mere translation or abstraction of life. It is life itself.

Henry Havelock Ellis

Ballet is not just movement, not simply abstract. It’s something beautiful. Sometimes there’s this feeling in the movement that makes me want to cry.     

Nina Ananiashvili

Ballet is not technique but a way of expression that comes more closely to the inner language of man than any other.

George Borodin

Dancing is like bank robbery, it takes split-second timing.     

Twyla Tharp

Ballet technique is arbitrary and very difficult. It never becomes easy; it becomes possible.

Agnes De Mille

Ballet is the one form of theater where nobody speaks a foolish word all evening, nobody on the stage at least.

Edwin Denby

A ballerina takes steps given to her and makes them her own. Each individual brings something different to the same role,     

Maria Tallchief

A real ballerina must fill her space with her own personality.     

Natalia Makarova

The ballerina style is here to stay. An added advantage is that the shoes blend well with Indian as well as Western attire.

Priya Sachdev

Blue jean baby, LA lady, seamstress for the band. Pretty eyed, pirate smile, you'll marry a music man. Ballerina, you must have seen her dancing in the sand.     

Elton John

The first movement ballerina should be a paradigm of strength and authority.     

Robert Gottlieb