Gene Kelly Quotes

“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

“You dance love, and you dance joy, and you dance dreams.” – Gene Kelly

You dance love, and you

“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.” – Gene Kelly

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

“Any man who looks like a sissy while dancing is just a lousy dancer.” – Gene Kelly

“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

The way I look at a musical,

“If Fred Astaire is the Cary Grant of dance, I’m the Marlon Brando.” – Gene Kelly

“There’s nothing revolutionary about Saturday Night Fever . You can see the same kind of movement at your local disco.” – Gene Kelly

“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

“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.” – Gene Kelly

The future of dance will

“Come on with the rain / I’ve a smile on my face.” – Gene Kelly

“When Ginger Rogers danced with Astaire, it was the only time in the movies when you looked at the man, not the woman.” – 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.” – Gene Kelly

“I took it as it came and it happened to be very nice.” – Gene Kelly

I took it as it came and

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

“I love rhythmic dancing – I’m not derogating it at all. It’s just that sometimes you want to whisper, “I adore you.” And for that you need strings and woodwinds.” – Gene Kelly

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

“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

The finest all-around

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

“There is a strange sort of reasoning in Hollywood that musicals are less worthy of Academy consideration than dramas. It’s a form of snobbism, the same sort that perpetuates the idea that drama is more deserving of Awards than comedy.” – Gene Kelly

“I saw Mikhail Baryshnikov do Twyla Tharp’s Sinatra Suite on PBS. I have no numbers to prove it, but I bet that kids who saw that loved it. I think you will see younger dancers, who certainly have the artistic sense and capabilities, start going back to romantic numbers.” – Gene Kelly

I saw Mikhail Baryshnikov

“I never played a rich man, I never played a prince. And to play a sailor or longshoreman you had to make your dance more eclectic and varied, but still keep it indigenous to your nationality, upbringing, and background.” – Gene Kelly

“At the time the quickest way to establish yourself as an American was to throw a little bit of tap into your dance – even when it wasn’t called for. But what also helped me was the fact that I was dancing in roles that I had played.” – Gene Kelly

“I arrived in Hollywood twenty pounds overweight and as strong as an ox. But if I put on a white tails and tux like Fred Astaire, I still looked like a truck driver.” – Gene Kelly

“There is a certain amount of pornography that exists throughout Purple Rain, but the appeal is obvious. You can really pick that picture apart and see where “A” fits into “B” and so on. It was very wisely done.” – Gene Kelly

There is a certain amount

“Things danced on the screen do not look the way they do on the stage. On the stage, dancing is three-dimensional, but a motion picture is two-dimensional.” – Gene Kelly

“I still find it almost impossible to relax for more than one day at a time.” – Gene Kelly

“I may be rancid butter, but I’m on your side of the bread.” – Gene Kelly

“I’d studied dance in Chicago every summer and 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'd studied dance in Chicago

“I didn’t want to be a dancer… I just did it to work my way through college. But I was always an athlete and gymnast, so it came naturally.” – Gene Kelly

“I arrived in Hollywood twenty pounds overweight and as strong as an ox.” – Gene Kelly

“I think Twyla [Tharp] has a lot to say. The great thing about Twyla is that she continues to explore.” – Gene Kelly

“America now has more and better dancers than they have ever had in the history of the country, but that won’t account for the public wants to see.” – Gene Kelly

America now has more

“When they do let them sustain on screen from head to toe, though, then you know they must think the person is a good dancer.” – Gene Kelly

“I don’t even want to discuss Flashdance. I’m no critic, but that’s an interesting phenomenon, that picture.” – Gene Kelly

“If I played a tough kid on the street I couldn’t go out there and get into fifth position. I had to dance like a tough kid on the street.” – Gene Kelly

If I played a tough kid on the

“In fact, I wasn’t going to dance in Xanadu, but several journalists told me that Olivia Newton-John kept saying how sad she was that she wouldn’t get the chance to dance with me. So I finally said, “All right, throw in a number.” But I’m through with dancing.” – Gene Kelly