The Dance Hysteria of 1518

S.A., Staff Writer

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 The dance hysteria hit a part of the Roman Empire July 1518. A woman known as Frau Troffea went to the street and started to silently twist, twirl and shake. She danced alone everyday for almost a week when about 3 dozen people joined her. By the next month the dance hysteria spread to as many as 400 people. The local doctors claimed it was hot blood.They said the affected simply shake and twirl the fever away. The town hired professional dancers a band and set up a stage even hired a band. Not long after the marathon started to take its toll. Many dancers fell over from exhaustion. Some even died of heart attacks and strokes. The dance hysteria ended sometime in September.Some similar events happened in Switzerland, Germany and Holland.