[The philosopher Apollonius urged the Ephesians] "...to devote themselves to philosophy alone, and to fill Ephesus with real study rather than with idleness and arrogance such as he found around him there; for they were devoted to dancers and taken up with pantomimes, and the whole city was full of pipers, and full of effeminate rascals, and full of noise. So at the risk of estranging the Ephesians, he determined not to condone such things, but cleared them out and made them odious to most of them."
Philostratus – Life of Apollonius of Tyana; Book IV, Ch.II (217/238 AD)
And we speak not of those exotic and barbarous dances recently imported into fashionable circles, one more shocking than the other; one cannot imagine anything more suitable for banishing all the remains of modesty.
Pope Benedict XV (1921)
Dancing is the vilest vice of all
Henrich Cornelius Agrippa (1527)
Nobody wanted your dance,
Nobody wanted your strange glitter - your floundering
Drowning life and your effort to save yourself,
Treading water, dancing the dark turmoil,
Looking for something to give
Ted Hughes - Birthday Letters (1998)
In the immortal words of children everywhere, “Belly dancing is stupid.”
Dr. Caramine White – Running Naked Through The Streets (2008)
Dances are like mushrooms; the best are not good for much.
A paraphrase from St.Francis de Sales - Introduction to the Devout Life (1609)
Francis de Sales was a laugh a minute down at the old dance hall -
"And while you were dancing time passed by, and death drew nearer. Trifle as you may, the awful dance of death must come"
"Again while you were dancing, many a soul has passed away amid sharp sufferings; thousands and tens of thousands were lying all the while on beds of anguish, some perhaps untended, unconsoled, in fevers, and all manner of painful diseases....[R]emember that a day will come when you in your turn will lie on your bed of sickness, while others dance and make merry."
"Happiness is the reward of industry and labour. Dancing is a waste of time."
Cyd Charisse, in Silk Stockings (1957)
"Women! Dancing! Where's it get you? I figure on making other people dance - dancin' ain't my idea of a man's game."
Edward Goldenberg Robinson, in Little Caesar (1931)
Both the above are quotes by characters in films.