JITTER BUG

DANC­ING PLAGUE

History Revealed - - TOP TEN… MASS HYSTERIA EVENTS -

In 1518, men, women and chil­dren took to the streets of Stras­bourg filled by an over­pow­er­ing de­sire to dance. That, how­ever, is where any sim­i­lar­ity to an up­lift­ing mu­si­cal num­ber ends. Un­able to stop, they twisted and twirled un­til, their feet bloody, they collapsed from ex­haus­tion or lit­er­ally danced them­selves to death. The cure: more danc­ing, doc­tors claimed, would burn off the fever – lead­ing the au­thor­i­ties to build a stage and hire mu­si­cians to keep the deadly party going. Two months later, the danc­ing stopped as sud­denly and mys­te­ri­ously as it be­gan.

Dance fever broke out many times across Europe

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