World History Minute: Middle Ages dance mania

World History Minute: Middle Ages dance mania
World History Minute: Middle Ages dance mania

World History Minute: Middle Ages dance mania

In 1374 a dance craze swept through medieval Europe. People were obsessed with the dance, and even left their families and jobs to do it. The dancing involved spinning around in circles for hours until the dancers began to hallucinate. Historian John Schmidt tells us what happened. (photo: The Dancing Plague, Germany, 1600)