so , i have this new fascination with dancing mania .
the latest known report of it was in italy in the late 1950’s .
as few as one child , to entire religious / pagan communities , would be consumed by this overwhelming urge to dance ; many fainting or even dying before they stopped . there was even a large group of children in the 1500s that hopped & skipped from country to country , much like the Pied Piper nursery rhyme . in some cases , if people saw the colors red or black , they would get craaaazy mad & get violent . many people had visions of other dancers that weren’t really there . some heard hypnotic music that was never played . when i was little , i saw a ballet about a girl who stole cursed red pointe shoes , put them on , & they posessed her to dance until she had to cut off her own feet … it was supposed to be a lesson about greed . but the relativity of the time the play was written and the random outbreaks of dancing mania ….
awesomely creepy shit , yes ?
and , this may just be me , but it goes hand in hand with the belief that faeries would lure humans into a festival they were holding for the summer seasons - until their feet bled , or until they died . they wouldn’t be able to stop themselves , as much as they wanted to , because those tricky faery bastards would get them to … pretty much … party until they collapsed .
there are no explanations for why this mass hysteria happened . after 1959 , there were no more accounts of “choreomania” happening anywhere in the world .
IT WAS THE FAERIES , MAN !!