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1000 Humorous Quotations on T.V. Dance Shows

XMAS comes but once a year. Luckily for dance fans, DWTS comes twice a year.

‘Dancing With The Stars’ (Series 10) waltzes back onto our TV screens on March 22. To mark its return, Blue Eyed Books has published a fun-packed book that celebrates the first nine series.

DANCING WITH THE QUOTES does what it promises on the cover. This light-footed volume of 1000 light-hearted quotations is a tongue-in-cheek-to-cheek tribute to TV dance shows. It delivers a comical collection of the amusing and entertaining things said about the recent explosion of dance on television.

“These days you can’t swing a sequined dress without hitting a dance reality TV show.”
Emily Macel in Dance magazine (2008)

As the title suggests, this fun-packed book focuses on the first nine seasons of ‘Dancing With The Stars.’ It reveals an amusing aspect of the show through the words of celebrity and professional dancers, judges, hosts, fans and the media.

“Doing ‘Dancing With The Stars’ is pretty much the most famous you can get as a dancer … unless you’re Baryshnikov or something.”
Julianne Hough - two-time DWTS pro champion (2008)

Just as the DWTS mantle has covered the globe like a peripatetic Paso Doble cape, this book matches the international reach of dance on TV. As well as other U.S. dance shows (from the classic ‘American Bandstand’ to the contemporary ‘So You Think You Can Dance?’) …

“ ‘Soul Train’ was to ‘American Bandstand’ as Champagne is to seltzer water.”
The New York Times (1973)

“The super-progressive ‘SYTYCD’ makes ‘DWTS’ look like a trip to the retirement home in comparison.”
Kyle Anderson on (2009)

… this book also includes content from TV series around the world. These include ‘Dancing With The Stars’’ quickstep-mother - ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ from the U.K. and ‘DWTS’ spin-offs in Australia and New Zealand. Although these international names may not be as a familiar to U.S. readers as their ‘homegrown’ stars; like dance itself - the humor of the quotes and quips transcends all borders.

“I watched ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ last night ... I sat there literally open-mouthed. It’s one of the strangest shows I’ve ever seen. You’ve got so many terrible dancers - it’s sort of car-crash TV.”
Simon Cowell in The Sunday Mirror (2004)

As such, DANCING WITH THE QUOTES celebrates in frivolous fashion the global glitterball of glamour, glitz and garish gaucheness that has always pervaded the TV dance world. The diverse and sometimes obscure content entertainingly covers everything from the Len GOODman, the LamBADa and the JitterbUGLY.

On Billy Ray Cyrus’ waltz on ‘DWTS’ - “The trouble was there was only one recognizable step: the Shadow Botafogos ... and that's a Samba step!”
Len Goodman on D.W.T.S. (2007)

On Mya’s lambada on ‘DWTS’ - “Una palabra caliente! Seriously, you could see the steam coming off her legs.”
Joey Guerra in The Houston Chronicle (2009)

On Donny Osmond’s railroad-inspired jitterbug on ‘DWTS’ - “Not so sure about this train-engineer getup ... but all the better for Donny to ogle Kym's caboose, we guess!”
Natalie Finn on (2009)

By its very nature of focusing on TV dance shows in the 20th century, the majority of the quotations contained in this book come from the last six years. This ultra-contemporary content, in terms of dance history, makes this book as fresh and as vibrant as the latest street dance craze.

ON ‘SYTYCD’ and ‘DWTS’ - “I doubt if many people would recognize good technique in Contemporary or Hip-Hop dancing but - thanks to Len Goodman - everyone now knows what a fleckle is!”
Graham Watts on (2010)

Further information and more sample quotations from the DANCING WITH THE QUOTES book can be found at (along with details of other humorous dance quotes books including: THE QUOTABLE DANCER).


For a more historical and equally hysterical overview of dance look for our sister publication THE QUOTABLE DANCER.

This book contains 1300 humorous quotes on dance from film & stage, as well as an extensive A to Z listing of general dance topics and a full round up of dance styles. The book also contains the fun things said by and about famous dance names such as: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Busby Berkeley, Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, Bob Fosse, John Travolta, Patrick Swayze, Michael Jackson, Michael Flatley, Savion Glover … even Mumbles the Penguin and Wall-E.

Further details on THE QUOTABLE DANCER can be found at:

To buy THE QUOTABLE DANCER on go to:

Colin M Jarman - Editor of both DANCING WITH THE QUOTES and THE QUOTABLE DANCER - is available for interview or comment. He can be contacted, in the first instance at:


Paperback: 140 pages
Quotations: 1000
Publisher: Blue Eyed Books
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1907338039
ISBN-13: 978-1907338038
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
Price: $13.99 (from

Paperback: 164 pages
Quotations: 1300
Publisher: Blue Eyed Books
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1907338071
ISBN-13: 978-1907338076
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
Price: $13.99 (from

DANCING ON ASTAIRE: The Quotable Fred Astaire
This 216-page book of 2000 biographical quotations about Fred Astaire is also available on Amazon. Price: $14.99 from

Colin M Jarman - Editor at Blue Eyed Books





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