Dance First. Think Later. (Paperback)

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Dance First. Think Later: 618 Rules to Live By
By Kathryn Petras and Ross Petras

Timeless in their wisdom, thought-provoking in their message, surprising in their truth and memorable in their originality, the right words can give direction, inspiration, and sometimes a tangible boost onto the right path. For example, Steve Jobs once read, “Stay Hungry Stay Foolish” on the back cover of The Whole Earth Catalog, and those four words came to guide his life.

Created by Kathryn and Ross Petras, connoisseurs of quotes, whose books and calendars have over 56 million copies in print, "Dance First. Think Later." is a collection of the greatest life wisdom from an unexpected group of speakers, doers, and thinkers. There are 618 rules to live by -- funny, sly, declarative, thoughtful, offhanded, clever, and always profound:

“Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.” Roald Dahl

“If everything is under control, you are going too slow.” Mario Andretti

“Never make a credit decision on a beach.” Victor J. Boschini

“Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order.” Samuel Beckett

“The only time to eat diet food is while waiting for the steak to cook.” Julia Child

“What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight; build it anyway.” Mother Teresa

And of course: “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” Oscar Wilde

  • Paperback: 425 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (February 24, 2011)
  • Dimensions: 4" W x 0.9" D x 6" H

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In classic or contemporary ballet, dancing may tell a story, express a mood, or simply reflect the music in movement. Ballet as part of staged performances originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th and 16th centuries and from there spread to France. The creation of classical ballet as we know it today occurred during the reign of the art-loving French king Louis XIV in the mid-17th century. During the Romantic era, ballet technique evolved to express new ideas, most notably with women dancing en point, or on their toes, allowing them to appear weightless and otherworldly.
Among the choreographers who helped bring ballet into the modern age by exploring new visual and dramatic styles are George Balanchine, Antony Tudor and—bridging the worlds of classical dance and Broadway—Agnes de Mille and Jerome Robbins.



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