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 savor only of sensuality, of raging fleshly
lusts. 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 is only from the imbred pravity, vanity,
wantonness, incontenency, pride, profaneness, or madness of man's depraved nature. Therefore, it must needs be unlawful unto
The way to heaven is too steep, too narrow for men to dance in and keep revel rout. No way is large or smooth enough for
capering rousters, for jumping, skipping, 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.
- William Pryne