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The Quotable Dancer: 1300 Humorous Dance Quotations on Stage, Screen and Life. Paperback – February 9, 2010

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  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: BLUE EYED BOOKS (February 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907338071
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907338076
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 8.9 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,981,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

An editor's choice selection of quotations from The Quotable Dancer ...


"Stifling an urge to dance is bad for your health - it rusts your spirit and your hips."
Adabella Radici

"Dancing is beautiful and sexy, unless it's at an open-bar wedding reception."
Ross Werland in The Chicago Tribune (2009)

"Bad dancing is more fun to watch than bad singing is to listen to."
Dana Stevens on Slate.com (2005)

"Choreography is like moisture in the mouth of an orator."
David Lichine

"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

"My love of my life is dancing, things like Tap, Modern, Ballet and Jazz. Also I love singing, even though my voice sounds awful, and watching me dance is like watching an elephant, so no-one does!"
Princess Diana, Letter to her nanny Mary Clarke (1978)

"I'm not an egomaniac like a lot of people say. But I am the world's best dancer, that's for sure."
Michael Flatley


"Fred Astaire's two films with Rita Hayworth are more than enough to make you forget Ginger Roger's ... Hayworth packs a shimmy that would knock Ginger back to the flatlands."
Dave Kehr in The Chicago Reader


Speaking Dance [2006] - "Burrows and Fargion belong simultaneously in Victorian music-hall and a cognitive research science lab."
Ismene Brown in The Daily Telegraph (2006)

"Her persona was smoky, sinuous, and cool: a quintessential 50s mix of sex and poise. She was the choreographic equivalent of a classic Sinatra LP."
Ty Burr in The Boston Globe (2008)


"When I go see him, if he knows 'Im there, he'll do some of my steps. The only thing is, he'll throw it in, but he'll throw it in at, like, Mach 2."
Gregory Hines

Margot {2009} - "Nureyev (Huisman) handsome as a Beatle, taut-haunched as a stag, and sailing across the stage like the first arrow in a castle siege."
Caitlin Moran in The Times (2009)


"At some point in the early 1980s, Michael Jackson realized he could Moonwalk  I'ts a great stunt. Jackson liked it so much, he turned it into a lifestyle."
Giles Smith in The Independent (1992)


An American In Paris (1951) - "Astounding footwork and choreography from Gene Kelly, who makes Justin Timberlake look positively arthritic by comparison."
Empire magazine (2003)


Vogue <1990> - "A dance-floor training manual on looking good."
Stephen Holden in The New York Times (1990)

"The Mariinsky is not just a company. It's a saga about a dynasty whose bloodline is that of Ballet itself. Think of it as a sweeping Russian epic following the fortunes of an artistic, aristocratic family that is always, always aware of its breeding."
Sanjoy Roy in The Guardian (2008)

"Always succinct in his suggestions, Balanchine once told a dancer, 'Reach for it like you're reaching for a Cadillac.' They just don't reach for those Cadillacs at N.Y.C.B. anymore. It's SUV City Ballet now."
Toni Bentley in The New York Review Of Books (2005)

"Surveying choreographers, he said: 'Go and choose brain.' Like Hannibal Lecter, he sawed open the skull and feasted on the cerebrum."
Peter Conrad in The Observer (2007)

"Nothing says Great Depression like the tap-tap-tap of dancing shoes and a long, spangled kick line."
Alessandra Stanley in The New York Times (2007)

The Red Shoes (1948) - "She inspired more girls to dream of Ballerinadom than any since Pavlova ... She danced, with charm and almost infinite promise. She crossed the dance sky like a comet - never to be forgotten."
Clive Barnes in Dance magazine (2006)

Saturday Night Fever (1977)  - "Travolta jaywalked across the disco floor with the hormonal dazzle of a porno polyester peacock."
Owen Gleiberman in Entertainment Weekly (2000)


CENTER STAGE (2000) - "This adolescent, awkwardly acted backstage romance wouldn't seem to call for heavy lifters, yet Susan Stroman, a two-time Tony winner, provided choreography with Christopher Wheeldon, of the N.Y. City Ballet. Why didn't they just hire Debbie Allen?"
Rita Kempley in The Washington Post (2000)

FLASHDANCE (1983) - "A seemingly impossible combination of a feminist Rocky, a bar girl Fame and Jane Fonda's Workout ... the plotting in Flashdance is as loose as the dancing."
Jay Cocks in Time magazine (1983)

SAVE THE LAST DANCE 2 (2006) - "Turns out it wasn't quite the last dance last time."
Christopher Null on FilmCritic.com (2006)

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (1952) - "The choreography and dancing in this film are unforgettable ... The dance numbers in this film make you want to run out and buy a pair of Tap shoes."
Cheryl Northcutt on ApolloGuide.com


LA CAGE AUX FOLLES - "Jerry Mitchell has picked Cagelles dancers who are also acrobats, and, sure enough, the high kicks are heaven-storming and the cartwheels could loft a helicopter."
John Simon in New York magazine (2004)

CHICAGO - "Welcome back to Chicago, where the gin's cold, the piano's hot, the dancing's even hotter ... and all that jazz. "
Octavio Roca in The San Francisco Chronicle (2003)

42nd STREET - "42nd Street is the Gospel According to Tap Dance."
Skip Sheffield in The Boca Raton News (1985)

From the Inside Flap

"Very intensive, very well researched and very funny quotes book about all things dance from ballet to ballroom and film to stage musical."

More About the Author

Colin has published over 35 books in the US & UK, ranging from biography to humor, sports to science, Judge Dredd to James Bond, Fred Astaire to Roy Race, the Ryder Cup to the World Cup.

Runs Blue Eyed Books publishing humor books from "James Bond: Licence To Quote" to "The Quotable Fred Astaire", from "The Quotable Doctor Who" to "The Quotable Poker Player", from "Celebrity Bitch Quotes" to "Olympic Wit" and more ...

Future titles include "Quote Like A Butterfly, Sting like A Queen Bee" and "The Quotable SuperHero". For more details of when these new books will be available on Ama.zon go to www.BlueEyedBooks.com

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