It’s essential that people have something in their heads besides dancing. When you dance, you have your history behind you—where you’ve come from, who your friends are, where you ate dinner last night, your dreams. All that is part of the person who is dancing. I am frightened by looking at a dancer in whom there is only dancing going on.
I have known from when I was quite tiny, long before I ever trained at all, that dancing was a powerful speaking from inside oneself, and that it mattered and changed things. Dancing is the deepest kind of speaking we can do.
Aileen Passloff, from "Teacher's Wisdom: Aileen Passloff"
by Michael Bloom (Dance Magazine: December 2010)