1. THE MIAMI SUPER CONGA, A DANCING LINE OF 119,986 PEOPLE, SET THE WORLD RECORD FOR THE LONGEST CONGA ON MARCH 13, 1988. The dancers gathered at the Calle Ocho Festival in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, Florida.

2. RAP LEGEND TUPAC SHAKUR STUDIED BALLET DURING HIGH SCHOOL at the Baltimore School for the Arts. he danced the role of the Mouse King in the school’s production of The Nutcracker.

 

3. BREAKING (ALSO KNOWN AS “BREAKDANCING”) IS A HIP-HOP STYLE OF DANCE that evolved from Funk legend James Brown’s moves while performing his 1971 hit “Get the Good Foot” and dj Kool Herc’s identification and manipulation of the rhythmic breakdown sections of Funk songs (also known as the “breaks”).

4. IN 1518, PEOPLE IN STRASBOURG, FRANCE, DANCED THEMSELVES TO DEATH FOR NO OBVIOUS REASON. One woman, Frau Troffea, started dancing and did not stop. Within a month, 400 people had joined her. Some of the dancers died from heart attacks, strokes, and pure exhaustion. While the cause was never determined, other dancing plagues occurred in western Europe in the 14th–17th centuries.

5. IN ANCIENT GREEK MYTHOLOGY, NINE MUSES WERE ASSOCIATED WITH EACH OF THE NINE ARTS. Terpsichore was the muse of dance and chorus.

6. IN MANY RELIGIONS, SUCH AS BUDDHISM AND HINDUISM, DANCE IS A PART OF WORSHIP, and dancing figures are often found in shrines and temples.

7.  THE CULT-CLASSIC MOVIE FOOTLOOSE IS BASED ON A TRUE STORY ABOUT A TOWN IN OKLAHOMA THAT OUTLAWED DANCING until local high schoolers’ challenge to the law succeeded in 1979.

8. BEFORE THE INVENTION OF READY-MADE

TAP SHOES WITH METAL PLATES, dancers would hammer pennies or nails into the soles of their shoes to make noise.

9. IN 1950, FAMED BALLROOM DANCER ARTHUR MURRAY AND HIS WIFE BROUGHT THE FIRST TELEVISED DANCE SHOW, THE ARTHUR MURRAY PARTY, TO THE AIRWAVES. American Bandstand, featuring host Dick Clark, premiered two years later and broadcast the most popular dance and fashion for nearly 40 years. Soul Train joined the dance show lineup in 1971 and ran for 35 years!

10. IRISH DANCER MICHAEL FLATLEY HOLDS THE RECORD FOR THE WORLD’S HIGHEST-PAID DANCER. At the height of his fame, he earned up to $1.8 million a week, making the insurance of his legs for more than $40 million a no-brainer.

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