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The Dancing Plague of 1518

- July 10, 2018 in Choreomania, Culture & History, dancing epidemic, dancing mania, dancing plague, ergotism, Paracelsus, psychic contagion, Saint Vitus, Saint Vitus's dance, Strasbourg

500 years ago this month, a strange mania seized the city of Strasbourg. Citizens by the hundreds became compelled to dance, seemingly for no reason — jigging trance-like for days, until unconsciousness or, in some cases, death. Ned Pennant-Rea on one of history's most bizarre events.