Posted by: internationalroutier | March 25, 2010

From the Archives

The International Routier Vol 16. No 1 Autumn 2000

The Case For Dancing
“Dancing is for the most part attended with many amorous smiles. wanton compliments, unchaste kisses, scurrilous songs and sonnets, effeminate music, lust provoking attire, ridiculous love pranks, all which savour only of sensuality, of raging fleshly lust. Therefore it is wholly to be abandoned of all good Christians.
Dancing serves no necessary use- no profitable, laudable or pious end at all. It issues only from the inbred depravity, vanity, wantonness, incontinency, pride, profaneness or madness of man’s depraved natures. Therefore it must needs be unlawful unto Christians.
The way to heaven is too steep, too narrow for men to dance in….No way is large or smooth enough for capering roisters or for skipping, jumping, dancing dames but that broad, beaten, pleasant road that leads to Hell! The gate of Heaven is too narrow for whole rounds, whole troops of dancers to march in together.”
the Puritan William Prynne, Cromwell’s England, c. 1650

This picture shows a merry company at an egg dance. The object was to keep dance while kicking the egg round in a circle without breaking it, then covering it with a bowl, again using only one foot.

See you at the dancing workshop on Saturday! I shall report back as to whether there was any break out of Dancing Plagues.


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