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Pearl Primus

  • The dance is strong magic. The dance is a spirit. It turns the body to liquid steel. It makes it vibrate like a guitar. The body can fly without wings. It can sing without voice. The dance is strong magic. The dance is life.

    • Pearl Primus,
    • speech ()
  • Dance is my medicine ... Dance is the fist with which I fight the sickening ignorance of prejudice. Instead of growing twisted like a gnarled tree inside myself, I am able to dance out my anger and frustration.

    • Pearl Primus,
    • in Barbara Carlisle Bigelow, ed., Contemporary Black Biography ()

Pearl Primus, Trinidad and Tobago-born U.S. dancer, choreaographer, anthropologist

(1919 - 1994)

Full name: Pearl Eileen Primus.