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People Who Unexpectedly Died While They Were Happily Dancing

Dancing can be dangerous. It seems every year, a trendy new dance move makes its way out of the clubs and music videos and into the world of weddings and school dances where it can be performed by moms and assistant principals who think they're way cooler than they actually are. However, there's also a dark side to twerking or Nae-Naeing.

In the past few years, there's been a series of dancing incidences that sound funny at first but have actually led to tragic circumstances. On this list, we've combed through the news and discovered the darkness that lies beneath the dance moves - all for a collection of stories about people who perished while dancing.

Dancing tragedies might sound like something out of a dark moral tale, but it's a very real thing that happens all too often. Maybe someone is just doing their best Miley impression and things get out of hand, making them yet another statistic in all too real world of deaths by dancing. After you read the gruesome stories on this list, hopefully you'll be inspired to be a bit safer the next time you go out with your friends.

  • Georgia Teen Perishes While Twerking On Car

    In November 2015, a 16-year-old from Dallas, GA, fell off his friend's Jeep. Though authorities accused him of car surfing, his parents said: "It was him climbing up on the hood of her car, on all fours more than likely being funny, trying to get a laugh by twerking." 

    Tragically, following the fall, his head was accidentally run over by his friend. He suffered extensive harm to his brain and two punctured lungs, and after some time on life support, his mother decided to let him go "peacefully."

  • Gangnam Style Gone Wrong

    Photo: Korean Culture and Information Service / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 2.0

    At a wedding in Yemen, at least three people were felled when a guest doing the "Gangnam Style" dance while holding an AK-47 lost his grip, harming the nearby dancers.

  • Artist Falls While Performing Interpretive Dance

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    Back in 1940, a woman was practicing an interpretive dance on top of a cliff and slipped, plunging to her end. Police believe she slipped on a piece of vegetation, which caused her to tumble over the cliffs. Her fall was visible to beachcombers below who witnessed the entire tragedy.

  • Woman Suffocates While Dancing At A Night Club

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    Aanchal Arora, a 23 year old from India, was in the middle of an audience of 10,000 people who were dancing to Skrillex, when she collapsed due to cardiac arrest brought on by suffocation. According to reports, only 5,000 people were expected to attend the show.