Sunday, October 11, 2015

Fact of the Day: Dancing Plague

While dancing has been part of nearly every human culture ever known, there have been several cases of many people (mainly from the 14th-17th centuries) dancing erratically for unreasonable amounts of time. In what is now modern-day France, a group of about 400 people started dancing in the streets without rest for days. Many of them died from heart attack, exhaustion, and stroke. 

22 comments:

Linda said...

I think that dancing is very good exercise and a lot of fun, but like everything, in moderation!

Margaret-whiteangel said...

Had no idea regarding that in France. Guess once they got going, they didn't know when to stop. Tragic ending for some..

Huggybear said...

This craze went on in the Depression years - Marathon dances for money.
I am sure I saw a movie about it - quite a good movie starring Jane Fonda.
Just looked it up - "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?"
Well worth watching to see what desperation will make you do.
B J Hunnicut aka Colin

Blue Grumpster said...

What were they on?

Pat Hatt said...

If you stop dancing you die? Speed for the 14th century

Christine said...

Unreal!

NanaDiana said...

CRAZY!!!!!

Martha said...

Wow? That's pretty wild.

Dascha said...

wow, that is crazy!

xoxo
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Sandra Cox said...
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Sandra Cox said...

I can remember dance contests where the winner was the last couple standing. Not sure they went on for days though.

Caramella said...

Everything in moderation!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Some form of mass hysteria, no doubt.

The Happy Whisk said...

Wow.

stephen Hayes said...

Interesting. I don't dance so this sounds rather bizarre.

Mary Kirkland said...

That's kinda crazy.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Haha... at least they die doing something fun!

DeniseinVA said...

I wonder what got into those people.

Valentina Chirico said...

Really? I didn't know this fact from France!!! This sounds totally crazy, Adam! :D

Anna-Alina said...

It's awful! Why they didn't stop to dance if felt bad? hm

Anna-Alina said...

It's awful! Why they didn't stop to dance if felt bad? hm

Bethany Carson said...

That is really strange. After reading your post here, I switched over to the Wikipedia article on Dancing mania; I wonder what caused it.