The Dancing Disease


In 1518, an unusual condition saw hundreds of people dance themselves to death.

The dancing plague was a case of dancing mania that occurred in the Holy Roman Empire in the year of 1518. Around 400 people took to dancing for days without rest. During a period of one month, some people collapsed and even died of heart attack, stroke, or exhaustion.

Theories about the cause of the dance mania include stress-induced mass hysteria, or people accidentally ingesting ergot, which is a toxic mold from damp rye that can create hallucinations.

In this re-enactment, the western shirt, jeans, and boot scooters were worn mainly for their ridiculous appearance. What is your favourite? The frock, or the daggy dance moves?

Ingredients: Crazy dancing men.