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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Greetings Infomaniacs,

It is one of the oldest forms of human expression and one of the most popular types of entertainment in the world.

Today let's learn some fascinating history about dancing.

Enjoy!

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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world."

HINT: (1694 - 1778) born Francois-Marie Arouet, was a French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of speech and separation of church and state.

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RANDOM TIDBITS

Dancers at an Italian wedding invented ballet in 1495. At the banquet, the performers' dances represented the dishes that were being served. Broccoli dance, anyone?

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The Whirling Dervishes (Mevlevi) are a Sufi order in Konya (modern day Turkey). They are famous for the unique whirling dances, which symbolize the rotation of the universe in the presence of God.

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"The Dancing Plagues," or dancing manias, occurred sporadically throughout Western Europe from the 14th to the 17th centuries. For reasons unknown, people, sometimes hundreds at a time, danced until they collapsed from exhaustion or died.

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Michael Flately of Riverdance holds the record for the world's highest-paid dancer, earning $1.8 million a week at his prime. His legs were insured for $44.7 million.

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The most popular ballet in the world is Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, which was first performed in 1892.

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The movie Footloose is based on a true story about a town that outlawed dancing until local high schoolers successful challenged the law in 1979.




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*** Weekly Mind-Scrambler ***

They say I came from Africa.
I suppose that may be true.
But the type I am was mostly played
In a place where grass is blue.
Of wood and pearl, skin and steel,
You could say I am high strung.
My neck looks like a ladder,
With brass on every rung.

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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world."

ANSWER: Voltaire

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