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This tumblr by Niege Borges made me smile. In memory of Frau Toffea — the woman who was the first of 400 people in 1518 to be afflicted with dance mania in Strasbourg, France, dancing for days without rest resulting in some deaths — Borges is creating prints illustrating dance steps from sequences throughout the history of film. The tumblr/series is called Dancing Plague of 1518. She’s welcoming suggestions, so feel free to head on over and add yours.
If you’d like a print of one of the dances, they’re available here.
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I’ve read about dancing mania on wikipedia before. It’s really mysterious and creepy to think so many people lost control of themselves without ever knowing why.
I seem to remember something about in the 1920s there were dance contests that would last for days on end and people died then too…