from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The dancing mania.
At various times during the Middle Ages, groups of people succumbed to what is now called choreomania - the overwhelming desire to dance.
It includes ditties of dogmatic celibacy ('God Wants Us to Wait'), rampant promiscuity ('The Only Boy in Town'), profligate betrayal ('My Husband’s Pied a Terre'), drug-fueled violence ('Your Girlfriend’s Face'), petty paranoia ('I Don’t Like Your Tone'), choreomania ('Infatuation With Your Gyration' and 'All She Cares About Is Mariachi') and compulsive punning ('I Would Go Anywhere With Hugh').
Thousands of people across Europe were 'infected' by this choreomania (dancing madness). It became an epidemic. Naturally, the church fathers saw the devil’s hand at work here.
This word comes in part from the Greek 'khoareia,' choral dance, which also gives us 'choreography.'