Brigham Young's mother loved to sing and enjoyed parties. Brigham himself loved to sing and dance. When the new meeting house was finished at Winter Quarters, Brigham dedicated it and then held a dance.
In the Salt Lake Valley Brigham encouraged the Saints to sing and dance. He built the Salt Lake Theater with nails he bought from Buchanan's army when they left the valley for the Civil War.
He wanted everyone to work hard, but also have time for play.