I have long wanted to share this bit of jaw-dropping, utterly ridiculous pseudo-wisdom that was told to me in complete seriousness. In 1994, I was sitting in a Northampton (Massachussetts) café with an old school friend from Mount Holyoke College. It was the summer following my first year in graduate school and we were discussing the possibility of my studying the anthropology of dance. Some friends of hers came by at just that moment and one of them began to pontificate “knowledgeably” on the subject. Here is his theory of world dance:
Some cultures dance from the waist up and some cultures dance from the waist down.