Dance Photography and Quotes

Dancer Photography 1 Beautiful Air Jump
Erol Ozan said that “Dancing is creating a sculpture that is visible only for a moment.” This gallery of photographs by Russian photographer Alexander Yakovlev captures the beauty of professional dancers, making it visible for just a little longer.

Photographer Annie Leibovitz said that “Nature is so powerful, so strong. Capturing its essence is not easy – your work becomes a dance with light and the weather. It takes you to a place within yourself.” And in fact, the photography of dancing is an art form as well.

Each of these fantastic photographs deserves observing, thinking, absorbing. Below each photograph we added a quote, enriching the experience. You’re invited to read the quote before you scroll down each time for the next photo. We couldn’t just place all photos on the same page because the page would have been too heavy to load. And also because each dancing photograph deserves it’s moment, like a separate wall in museum.

“You’ve gotta 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

Dancer Photography 1 Amazing
“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

Dance Photography and Quotes: These powerful photographs of professional dancers, enhanced by everlasting quotes, are close to human perfection.

Dancer Photography 2 Beautiful Dust Photo
“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.”
― Voltaire


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Dance Photography 3 Beautiful Front Photo
“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

Dance Photography 4 Beautiful Air Jump
“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.”
― Rumi

Dancer Photography 4a Beautiful Air Jump
“After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.”
― Ann Richards

Dancer Photography 4b dust face
“And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon.”

― Edward Lear, The Owl and the Pussycat

Dancer Photography 4c question mark
“Do a loony-goony dance
‘Cross the kitchen floor,
Put something silly in the world
That ain’t been there before.”

― Shel Silverstein, A Light in the Attic

Dancer Photography 5 Beautiful Window Dance
“Almost nobody dances sober, unless they happen to be insane.”
― H.P. Lovecraft

Dancer Photography 5 red shoes
“Somebody just gave me a shower radio. Thanks a lot. Do you really want music in the shower? I guess there’s no better place to dance than a slick surface next to a glass door.”
― Jerry Seinfeld

Dance Photography 5a Beautiful Dust
“Dance is the hidden language of the soul”
― Martha Graham

Dance Photography 5b Beautiful Hair Dust
“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.”
― Osho

Dancer Photography 6 Beautiful Dust Falling
“Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

Dance Photography 6 Beautiful Dust hair
“You’ll learn, as you get older, that rules are made to be broken. Be bold enough to live life on your terms, and never, ever apologize for it. Go against the grain, refuse to conform, take the road less traveled instead of the well-beaten path. Laugh in the face of adversity, and leap before you look. Dance as though EVERYBODY is watching. March to the beat of your own drummer. And stubbornly refuse to fit in.”
― Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

Dancer Photography 6 Beautiful Dust hands
“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 time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.”
― Martha Graham

Dance Photography 6 Beautiful Dust Standing
“Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are great because of their passion.”
― Martha Graham

Dance Photography 6a Beautiful Dust Standing
“Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the dishevelled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame.”

― W.B. Yeats, The Land of Heart’s Desire

Dance Photography 6a one leg up
“Life is the dancer and you are the dance.”
― Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

Dance Photography 6b Beautiful Dust dancing
“Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.”
― Oprah Winfrey

Dance Photography 6b Beautiful Dust Standing
“She would be half a planet away, floating in a turquoise sea, dancing by moonlight to flamenco guitar.”
― Janet Fitch, White Oleander

Dance Photography 6b one hand up
“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”
― Alan W. Watts

Dancer Photography 6c Beautiful Dust Standing
“Dancing is a vertical expression of a horizontal desire.”
― Robert Frost

Dancer Photography 7 Angel Wings
“If a man doesn’t know how to dance he doesn’t know how to make love, there I said it!”
― Craig Ferguson

Dance Photography 7a Angel Dust
“I don’t want people who want to dance, I want people who have to dance. ”
― George Balanchine

Dance Photography 7b Angel Dust
“Let us embrace each other like we have the arms of two chairs. Let us dance like our legs are those of a table. We should do dinner sometime.”
― Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

Dancer Photography 8 One leg stand
“I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to to dance better than myself.”
― Mikhail Baryshnikov

Dance Photography 8 Tangled
“When I dance, I’m so fluid you could drink my moves. And if you sip it with your morning coffee, you’ll be light on your feet all day.”
― Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

Dance Photography 8a dancing
“To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful.. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking”
― Agnes De Mille

Dancer Photography 8a One leg stand
“In a society that worships love, freedom and beauty, dance is sacred, It is a prayer for the future, a remembrance of the past and a joyful exclamation of thanks for the present.”
― Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, The Shapeshifters: The Kiesha’ra of the Den of Shadows

Dance Photography 8a Tangled
“Life is short and there will always be dirty dishes, so let’s dance.”
― James Howe, Totally Joe

Dance Photography 8b One leg stand
“Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn’t music”
― William Stafford

Dancer Photography 9 Two legs stand
“If theater is ritual, then dance is too… It’s as if the threads connecting us to the rest of the world were washed clean of preconceptions and fears. When you dance, you can enjoy the luxury of being you.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Witch Of Portobello

Dance Photography 9a Two legs stand
“Life is sweet when you pay attention. When it doesn’t seem sweet, put a sticker on your nose and do a funky dance.”
― Whitney Scott

Dance Photography 9b Two legs stand
“To understand what I am saying, you have to believe that dance is something other than technique. We forget where the movements come from. They are born from life. When you create a new work, the point of departure must be contemporary life — not existing forms of dance.”
― Pina Bausch

Dance Photography 10 Dusted Hair
“I don’t quite know how to respond to people who say that I dance like my genitals are on fire. I usually just blush and brush aside their flattery.”
― Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

Dancer Photography 10a Dusted Hair
“Life is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance.”
― Amit Ray

Dance Photography 10b sitting
“I don’t want to hide. I want to slow dance with you again. I want to dance with you forever.”
― Sarah Black, Border Roads

Dance Photography 11 Beautiful Ballet
“Lermontov: Why do you want to dance?
Vicky: Why do you want to live?
Lermontov: Well, I don’t know exactly why, but… I must.
Vicky: That’s my answer too.”

― The Red Shoes

Dance Photography 11a Balet
“Our biological rhythms are the symphony of the cosmos, music embedded deep within us to which we dance, even when we can’t name the tune.”
― Deepak Chopra

Dancer Photography 12 Strong Dancer Back
“Now I am going to reveal to you something which is very pure, a totally white thought. It is always in my heart; it blooms at each of my steps… The Dance is love, it is only love, it alone, and that is enough… I, then, it is amorously that I dance: to poems, to music but now I would like to no longer dance to anything but the rhythm of my soul.”
― Isadora Duncan

Dance Photography 12 Strong Dancer
“If you look at a dancer in silence, his or her body will be the music. If you turn the music on, that body will become an extension of what you’re hearing.”
― Judith Jamison, Dancing Spirit: An Autobiography

Dance Photography 12a Strong Dancer Back
“It doesn’t matter if I’m off the beat. It doesn’t matter if I’m snapping to the rhythm. It doesn’t matter if I look like a complete goon when I dance. It is my dance. It is my moment. It is mine. And dance I will. Try and stop me. You’ll probably get kicked in the face.”
― Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

Dance Photography 15 Yoga
“You don’t enter a dance studio and say “I can’t do that.” If you do, then why are you in the studio in the first place?”
― Judith Jamison, Dancing Spirit: An Autobiography

Dancer Photography 15a Yoga
“The problem is not making up the steps but deciding which ones to keep.”
― Mikhail Baryshnikov

Dance Photography 15b Yoga
“I like Dancing of Indian girls more than my parents’ prayers . Because they dance with love and passion . But my parents just say their prayers because they got used to it .”
― Ali Shariati

Dancer Photography 16 Flying
“All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing.”
― Molière

Dance Photography 17 weird coat
“Most dancers I know, especially the talented and successful ones, seem to possess [my dog’s] knack for living moment to moment. You see, their idea of time is related to those infinitely short moments when they are onstage being their superselves.”
― Paul Taylor, Private Domain: An Autobiography

Dance Photography 17 weird no head
“I know nothing, except what everyone knows – if there when Grace dances, I should dance.”
― W.H. Auden, Collected Poems

Dancer Photography 17a weird tattoo
“You can dance in the storm. Don’t wait for the rain to be over before because it might take too long. You can can do it now. Wherever you are, right now, you can start, right now; this very moment.”
― Israelmore Ayivor

Dance Photography 17b weird
“The first time I started choreographing was in the dark, in my living room, with the lights completely out, to some popular music on the radio. I put the radio on full blast and I started moving. I didn’t know what it looked like. I didn’t want to see it… I had to start in the dark.”
― Judith Jamison, Dancing Spirit: An Autobiography

Dancer Photography 18 cape
“You dance love, and you dance joy, and you dance dreams. And I know if I can make you smile by jumping over a couple of couches or running through a rainstorm, then I’ll be very glad to be a song and dance man.”
― Gene Kelly

Dance Photography 18 mid air
Dance is for everybody. I believe that the dance came from the people and that it should always be delivered back to the people.
― Alvin Ailey

Dancer Photography 19 dancing
The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music, and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable. Dancing is poetry with arms and legs.
― Charles Baudelaire

Dance Photography 19a dancing
I see dance being used as communication between body and soul, to express what it too deep to find for words.
― Ruth St. Denis

Dance Photography 19c dancing
The discipline that ballet requires is obsessive. And only the ones who dedicate their whole lives are able to make it. Your toenails fall off and you peel them away and then you’re asked to dance again and keep smiling. I wanted to become a professional ballet dancer.
― Penelope Cruz

Dancer Photography 20 dancing
To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.
― Agnes de Mille

Dance Photography 20a dancing
I believe it is in my nature to dance by virtue of the beat of my heart, the pulse of my blood and the music in my mind.
― Robert Fulghum

Dancer Photography Post Image
If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.
― George Bernard Shaw<

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Credit and Links

The brilliant photographer is Alexander Yakovlev and you can learn more and follow him on his Instagram account. The quotes are edited from several sources, including Google and GoodReads. Thank you! Oh, and in case you were wondering, the powder in many of the photos is flour.

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