Dance Quote by Martha Graham

Today I’d like to share with you this insightful dance quote by Martha Graham in hopes that it inspires you to look at dancing, be it ballet or any form of dance, differently… with new eyes. She was not a classical ballet dancer, but she was an innovator and revolutionized  the world of dance. I hope you enjoy!

Dance Quote by Martha Graham

American modern dancer and choreographer

Martha Graham. Image courtesy of

We look at the dance to impart the sensation of living in an affirmation of life, to energize the spectator into keener awareness of the vigor, the mystery, the humor, the variety and the wonder of life.

From The Dance Notebook, An Illustrated Journal With Quotes

Who was Martha Graham?

Martha Graham (May 11, 1894 – April 1, 1991) was an American modern dancer and choreographer whose influence on dance has been compared with the influence Picasso had on modern visual arts, Stravinsky had on music, or Frank Lloyd Wright had on architecture.

She danced and choreographed for over seventy years. Graham was the first dancer ever to perform at the White House, travel abroad as a cultural ambassador, and receive the highest civilian award of the USA: the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

In her lifetime she received honors ranging from the Key to the City of Paris to Japan’s Imperial Order of the Precious Crown. She said, “I have spent all my life with dance and being a dancer. It’s permitting life to use you in a very intense way. Sometimes it is not pleasant. Sometimes it is fearful. But nevertheless it is inevitable.

If you’re curious about the life of Martha Graham please follow this link to to learn more.

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About Romy Macias, Senior Editor

Romy danced with the Ballet Clasico de Queretaro Fernando Jhones for 10 years having reached 1st soloist position. She presently takes on character roles and teaches at the company's junior academy. This site is a testament to her passion for classical ballet. You're invited to be part of our community and join in the joy for this amazing art form.


  1. Nice post about Martha Graham. I just wanted to say that I love all the black & white photos on your site! It has a vintage and calming look.

  2. bob harris says:

    Thanks for the great article- couldn’t help but notice how long she lived (does dancing keep you young?)

    • Hi Bob,
      Glad you enjoyed the quote and article on Martha Graham’s life.
      About dancing keeping us young, well, I know that most ballerinas and dancers do look younger than their actual age. I think it’s the intense degree of exercise and healthy eating (for most of us) to be able to perform such demanding roles.
      Thanks for stopping by and come back again,

  3. Donna says:

    Love the post – the information, the quote and the photo all work so well together. Thank you for creating posts worth reading!

    • Donna,
      Glad you enjoyed our Quote and Post. It’s always a pleasure when readers like what we write! I personally enjoy searching for quotes and relevant topics to write for our site.
      Thanks for visiting Donna and come back soon,

  4. Such talent and grace – what an inspiration.

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