For about 300 years starting in the 14th century, mainland Europe was afflicted by choreomania, a social phenomenon that caused thousands of people at once to dance hysterically. Some researchers believe the “dancing plague” was an extreme form of stress relief. Certainly, modern studies have demonstrated the benefit of dance for conditions including obesity and dementia (less definitive are those seeking a correlation between good dancers and good lovers, or higher IQs). But we don’t need scientists to tell us that dancing is good for our body and soul. For the... More >>>