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Agnes de Mille

  • American dancer
  • Born September 18, 1905
  • Died October 7, 1993

Agnes George de Mille (September 18, 1905 – October 7, 1993) was an American dancer and choreographer.


The creative urge is the demon that will not accept anything second rate.




A good education is usually harmful to a dancer. A good calf is better than a good head.




The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.




Modern dancers give a sinister portent about our times.




No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently.




The truest expression of a people is in its dances and its music. Bodies never lie.




The practice mirror is to be used for the correction of faults, not for a love affair, and the figure you watch should not become your dearest friend.




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.




Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little.




The universe lies before you on the floor, in the air, in the mysterious bodies of your dancers, in your mind. From this voyage no one returns poor or weary.




Theater people are always pining and agonizing because they're afraid that they'll be forgotten. And in America they're quite right. They will be.



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