Persons of a certain age will certainly remember the 1 week high school PE unit on dance. I remember it as square dancing - no touching, except for a passing hand perhaps. And, then in the 50's & 60's along came sanctioned high school dances and not so sanctioned "Teen Hops" at Lakeside. Touching allowed. I'm sure you recall the debauchery of The Hokey-Pokey, The Watusi, The Twist, The Swim, The Chicken Dance and especially The Stroll.
Members of the local ministerial association of the day took umbrage. They were vocal in their objections to these practices and demanded they be terminated, warning of depravity, hell and damnation. The unstated implication was that dancing leads to <redacted> or vice versa.
A letter addressed to Miss Janice P, a PE teacher in the <redacted> Public Schools has come into my possession. I will not reveal where I obtained this, nor the author of the letter. I am prepared accept a prison sentence to protect my sources
I here reproduce a redacted form of this letter, written in 1958.
- Mrs. E.M. Whittemore, the founder of the “Door of Hope” home in New York found that “seven out of ten of the fallen girls came to their moral ruin directly or indirectly through the dance.”
- Dr. E.S. Sonners, a specialist in nervous disorders has stated: “I attack the modern dance as a reversion toward savagery. As a medical man, I flatly charge that modern dancing is fundamentally sinful and evil. I charge that dancing is the most advanced and most insidious of the maneuvers preliminary to sex betrayal.