On with dance, let joy be unconfined, is my motto; whether there’s any dance to dance or any joy to unconfined.
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- The secret source of humor itself is not joy but sorrow. There is no humor in heaven.
- Grief can take care of itself; but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.
- And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
- When we were at school we were taught to sing the songs of the Europeans. How many of us were taught the songs of the Wanyamwezi or of the Wahehe? Many of us have learnt to dance the rumba, or the cha cha, to rock and roll and to twist and even to dance the waltz and foxtrot. But how many of us can dance, or have even heard of the gombe sugu, the mangala, nyang umumi, kiduo, or lele mama?
- I do not know what the spirit of a philosopher could more wish to be than a good dancer. For the dance is his ideal, also his fine art, finally also the only kind of piety he knows, his divine service.
- We look at the dance to impart the sensation of living in an affirmation of life, to energize the spectator into keener awareness of the vigor, the mystery, the humor, the variety, and the wonder of life. This is the function of the American dance.