By William Orr
I'll quickly admit the modern dance has plenty of allure. Everything possible is done to make it attractive. The lights are low, the music is soft. The theme is romantic, the girls are beautifully gowed and the whole scene is almost irresistible. More than that, just about everybody seems to dance and very few condemn it. Is there any real harm? Is it wrong for a Muslim to participate?
May I be frank with you? Can there be any reasonable doubt that the modern ball room dance is built almost wholly on sex attraction? Those who dance assume positions in relation to each other that certainly would not be tolerated in any other place. The essence of good dancing is said to be the yielding of as much of the girl's body to her partner's close embrace as he desires.
Dancing is sex pure and simple, and impure sex.
Everything in the dance tends to throw off restraint. The music is either fast and furious or slow and seductive. The girl's party dress is often cut blushingly low. Bodily contact is close. The testimony of many who know from experience is that dancing very definitely arouses improper sexual desire.
There is a dangerously serious side to all this. It's no secret that God has constructed both boys and girls that under certain stimulations there are set in motion strong elemental life forces.
These forces are right and proper in their rightful place, but that place is only between those who are married. By the same token it is sinfully wrong to arouse these passions between those who do not belong to each other and who have no righteous way of satisfying them.
Make your decision now!
There are girls who declare that they could dance all evening and not experience one improper thought. This may be true, but I seriously question it. I am sure, however, that no redblood fellow can hold close a dozen or more thinly clad girls all evening and remain pure in his thinking. Let me prove what I say. Actually how long would the dance last if men danced only with men and girls only with girls? There can be littel doubt that the modern dance thrives on the improper privileges it grants.
Others argue that the dance teaches grace. Perhaps it does, but if the price of grace is the surrender of modesty, chastity and pure thinking it's a poor bargain. My sober opinion is that dance is one of the Devil's sharpest tool in the world today.
Stay away from it.
"Dance halls are the modern nurseries of the divorce Courts, training shops of prostitution, and the graduating school of infamy and vice."
(Dr. L.L. Hollingworth)
Remember the wise words of Dr. E.S. Sonners:
"I attack the modern dance as a reversion towards savagery. As a medical man, I flatly charge that modern social dancing is fundamentally sinful and evil. I charge that it is the most insidious of the manoevres preliminary to sex betrayal. It is nothing more or less than damnable diabolical animal physical, dissipation. Do brothers and sisters dance like that? Father and mother? Mother and son? I tell you the basic spell of the dance is the spell of illicit physical contact. . . we doctors know. Trail of broken homes prove this"