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Top 25 Gene Kelly Quotes About Life (DANCE)

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“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
I didn't want to move or act like a rich man. I wanted to dance in a pair of jeans. I wanted to dance like the man in the streets.
I didn’t want to move or act like a rich man. I wanted to dance in a pair of jeans. I wanted to dance like the man in the streets.

“In the 1930s there was this tendency in Hollywood to portray everyone as rich. Even if they were doing a poor man’s dance, they were all so nicely clothed, gowned, coiffured. That’s why I decided to wear white socks, loafers, T-shirts, and blue jeans. I had a sociopolitical context in front of me: I was a child of the Depression who danced in a way that would represent the common man.”

Gene Kelly
The future of dance will always be tied up with the public's acceptance of the star. If they accept the star, then they'll accept the dance.
The future of dance will always be tied up with the public’s acceptance of the star. If they accept the star, then they’ll accept the dance.
Any man who looks like a sissy while dancing is just a lousy dancer.
Any man who looks like a sissy while dancing is just a lousy dancer.

“I’d studied dance in Chicago every summer end taught it all winter, and I was well-rounded. I wasn’t worried about getting a job on Broadway. In fact, I got one the first week.”

Gene Kelly
I got started dancing because I knew it was one way to meet girls.
I got started dancing because I knew it was one way to meet girls.

“The way I look at a musical, you are commenting on the human condition no matter what you do. A musical may be light and frivolous, but by its very nature, it makes some kind of social comment.”

Gene Kelly
My mother had gotten a job as a receptionist at a dancing school and had the idea that we should open our own dancing school; we did, and it prospered.
My mother had gotten a job as a receptionist at a dancing school and had the idea that we should open our own dancing school; we did, and it prospered.

“At 14 I discovered girls. At that time dancing was the only way you could put your arm around the girl. Dancing was courtship. Only later did I discover that you dance joy. You dance love. You dance dreams.”

Gene Kelly

3 Gene Kelly Quotes on Fred Astaire

When Ginger Rogers danced with Astaire, it was the only time in the movies when you looked at the man, not the woman.
When Ginger Rogers danced with Astaire, it was the only time in the movies when you looked at the man, not the woman.
If Fred Astaire is the Cary Grant of dance, I'm the Marlon Brando.
If Fred Astaire is the Cary Grant of dance, I’m the Marlon Brando.
Fred Astaire represented the aristocracy, I represented the proletariat.
Fred Astaire represented the aristocracy, I represented the proletariat.

3 Gene Kelly Quotes About Life

“The finest all-around performer we ever had in America was Judy Garland. There was no limit to her talent. She was the quickest, brightest person I ever worked with.”

Gene Kelly
I still find it almost impossible to relax for more than one day at a time.
I still find it almost impossible to relax for more than one day at a time.
Come on with the rain... I’ve a smile on my face.
Come on with the rain… I’ve a smile on my face.

9 Gene Kelly Quotes on Dancing

“In film, a dancer should always be shot from head to toe, because that way you can see the whole body and that is the art of dancing. Nowadays they shoot the nose. Left nostril. Right nostril. Hand. Foot. Bust. Derrière. The film prevents you from determining who is a good dancer and who is not.”

Gene Kelly
I think dancing is a man's game and if he does it well he does it better than a woman.
I think dancing is a man’s game and if he does it well he does it better than a woman.

“The only thing is that ordinarily when I do dance with [women] they think I am suddenly going to throw them over a table or twist them all around. All I want to do is one-two, one-two-three – a simple fox trot. But they’re shaking with anticipation at the thought that I’m about to whip them around and then toss them on the roof.”

Gene Kelly
I wanted to do new things with dance, adapt it to the motion picture medium.
I wanted to do new things with dance, adapt it to the motion picture medium.

“I miss the romance. I keep saying this over and over again, but dance follows music. And if the accent today is percussion and rhythm and loudness, then that is the way the dance numbers will be. But it is pretty hard on romance with seven guitars, three drums, and no melody instruments in the band.”

Gene Kelly
Like an athlete, [dance] is an everyday job. You have to stay in shape - unless you just want to loaf through a couple of hoofing routines. But that just didn't satisfy me.
Like an athlete, [dance] is an everyday job. You have to stay in shape – unless you just want to loaf through a couple of hoofing routines. But that just didn’t satisfy me.

“I wanted to invent some kind of American dance that was danced to the music that I grew up on: Cole Porter and Rodgers and Hart and Irving Berlin. So I evolved a style that certainly didn’t catch on right away – but I had some good mentors in New York who encouraged me.”

Gene Kelly
I never wanted to be a dancer. It's true! I wanted to be a shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
I never wanted to be a dancer. It’s true! I wanted to be a shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

“When I would create a dance, I wouldn’t have the luxury that ballet people do when they take a piece of music and impose a dance upon it. What we did in motion pictures was have a song and within that song try to elaborate. My usual method was to do what a writer does: get a plot.”

Gene Kelly

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