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There are short-cuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them. ~Vicki Baum

Stifling an urge to dance is bad for your health - it rusts your spirit and your hips. ~Terri Guillemets

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Five New Year's Resolutions for Ballroom Dancers

Here are five things you can do this year to improve your dancing and reach your goals.

Visualizing Success

Biggest Girl In The Ballroom: You Have A Mental Problem

Stefanie Lein: Once More With Feeling!

 Ballroom dancing transforms lives at Valley shelter

For more information about the homeless ballroom dancing documentary "I Hope You Dance, the Power of Spirit and Song," you can visit the Meteor 17 website.

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I Hope You Dance, the Power and Spirit of Song

I HOPE YOU DANCE, the Power and Spirit of Song, is a 95 minute film which will premiere in select theatrical markets prior to its national exhibition as a major television Special. It is a powerful, inspirational and cinematic work about hope, faith and optimism and the power of music to inspire and heal. It is the first film of its kind to explore how one extraordinary song has changed people's lives.

I HOPE YOU DANCE, the Power and Spirit of Song, is the first film to explore how one extraordinary song has changed people’s lives. It is about hope, faith, optimism and the power of music to inspire and heal. By weaving together stories of how Lee Ann Womack’s worldwide mega #1 hit “I Hope You Dance” has motivated real people to transform their lives, to chase their dreams, to overcome obstacles and to persist in the face of extreme adversity, IHYD will inspire and empower people to achieve more, to live their best lives and to make the world a better place. These are true stories of aspiration, second chances, recovery, forgiveness and miracles.

The film explores how, after the death of the only child, parents realized that the only way to truly honor their daughter’s memory was by celebrating the message of her favorite song, “I Hope You Dance.” Today, her spirit lives on in the six individuals whose lives were saved by the gift of her donated organs. We showcase a dance school that uses “I Hope You Dance” to teach dancing to the homeless and employs its message to get them back on their feet. We also reveal how “I Hope You Dance” fueled a woman’s miraculous recovery from a devastating spinal cord injury that should have killed her instantly. Her doctor has never seen anything like it – despite not breathing for several minutes and becoming instantly paralyzed, she now leads a normal life and goes dancing every Tuesday night.

An “A List” of charismatic, articulate and entertaining “experts” such as Dr. Maya Angelou, Pastor Joel Osteen, world celebrated artist/songwriters Brian Wilson (who performs “God Only Knows”), Graham Nash (who performs “Teach Your Children”) and Vince Gill, as well as well known artist Lee Ann Womack, have offered their unique perspective on themes explored in the film, the nature of creativity and its ability to touch and motivate.

From the time the song/record was released to multi-platinum success, to when Oprah held the best-selling book adapted from the song lyrics up on her show, I HOPE YOU DANCE has become a classic message of hope, self-empowerment and joy to millions. The song has become an anthem for high school graduations, weddings and other life milestones. Given its connection to people, the book has spent many holiday season on the NY Times best seller list.

I Hope You Dance, the Power and Spirit of Song

 

 

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Dance Quotes

(click link above for more Inspiring Quotes on Dancing)

There are short-cuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them. ~Vicki Baum

Stifling an urge to dance is bad for your health - it rusts your spirit and your hips. ~Terri Guillemets

“People do not stop dancing because they get older, they get older because they stop dancing”

“I believe in dance,” said Marina Vlasova. “I have seen it do incredible things for all kinds of people. I believe ballroom dancing is a cure-all— mentally, physically, and spiritually.”

Thousands of emotions well up inside me through out the day. They are released when I dance. - Abraham Lincoln

"When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It's to enjoy each step along the way." -Dr Wayne Dyer

"Dance is the hidden language of the soul, of the body." "Dance is a poem of which each movement is a word." Mata Hari

"Dance is not an answer. Dance is a question. "Yes!" is the answer." - Unknown

“Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.” John Cotton Dana

‎"If a student can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn!!!Martin Lamb

You can't teach without learning, you can't lead without following, you can't do what's right without first making mistakes.Martin Lamb

Great dancers aren't great because of their technique; they are great because of their passion.

“Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we might as well dance.” ~ Maya Angelou

‎"When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It's to enjoy each step along the way.” - Dr. Wayne Dyer

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

“If you learn to dance with people, with life, then nothing wrong can happen to you.” - Hugues de Montalembert

“We should consider every day lost in which we don't dance.” - Nietzsche

"To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak" - Hopi Indian Saying

If you stumble... make it part of your dance.

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.
It's about learning to dance in the rain.

If you can walk, You can dance.
If you can talk, You can sing!
--- Zimbabwe proverb

If you're going to walk on thin ice, you may as well dance!

Work as if you don't need the money
Love as if you're never been hurt
Dance as if nobody's watching

Dance as though no one is watching you,
Love as though you have never been hurt before,
Sing as though no one can hear you,
Live as though heaven is on earth.
- Souza

Nobody cares if you can't dance well.
Just get up and dance.
Great dancers are not great because of their technique,
they are great because of their passion.
-- French Proverb

Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, only backwards and in high-heels.

We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance. ~~ Japanese Proverb

Never give a sword to a man who can't dance. ~ Confucius (China's famous teacher, philosopher, political theorist, 551-479 BC)

Let us read and let us dance - two amusements that will never do any harm to the world. By Voltaire--French Philosopher and Write

Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much, Dance Freely

"There may be trouble ahead, But while there’s moonlight and music and love and romance, Let’s face the music and dance. Irving Berlin,"

Favorite Quotes

Happiness is the default state of mind.

"The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so." Robert G. Ingersoll

The world is your mirror. Changing anything about your outer world is as simple as changing your inner world.

We are our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking.

The secret of a peaceful life is not just doing what you like, but to like what it is that you are doing.

Be the Change You Want to See. - Gandhi

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”
Mark Twain quotes (American Humorist, Writer and Lecturer. 1835-1910)

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about."
Dale Carnegie
1888-1955, Author of How to Win Friends and Influence People

You have the power to change your whole life just by altering your thinking! Don’t blame your circumstances, get up and look for the greatness that surrounds you! You can make anything happen!

When I get a little money I buy books: and if any is left I buy food and clothes. - Desiderius Erasmus

Live Simply. Love Generously. Care Deeply. Speak Kindly. - Swedish Proverb

Whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours. Swedish Proverb

"Listen more,talk less; encourage more,complain less; do more,eat less; pray more,worry less. No Rx needed"

"Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviors. Keep your behaviors positive because your behaviors become your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny". -Ghandi

Best Quotes


“Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give.” - William Arthur Ward

“Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work.” - William Arthur Ward

‎"If you can imagine it, you can create it. If you dream it, you can become it." -William Arthur Ward

Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours. ~ Swedish Proverb

Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it." -Groucho Marx

Wives are people who feel they don't dance enough.
Groucho Marx

When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It's to enjoy each step along the way.
Wayne Dyer

"Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person's physical, emotional, and mental states." Carol Welch

“It isn't what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”
Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

“Live to learn to love.
Learn to love to live.
Love to live to learn
so that you may live the life that you yearn.”
Rico Dasheem

"Love the life you live. Live the life you love." Bob Marley

"To live is to dance. To dance is to live!"
Snoopy by Charles Schultz

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
Melody Beattie

As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything the drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it is "LOVE OF ONESELF". Charles Chaplin

Love Myself Poem by Charlie Chaplin

 

As I Began To Love Myself...
Eye- and Heart-opening Speech by Charlie Chaplin on his 70th Birthday
Mistakingly attributed to Charles Chaplin
Original is below:

 


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