78 minutes – Documentary
Date of first broadcast: September 20, 2020
Production company: InSync Media, Tortuga Films, documentary Channel
Canadian distributor: documentary Channel
Fear of Dancing follows director Michael Allcock’s global quest to understand why he and so many others on this planet are terrified of dancing: what science calls chorophobia. Newly single and back on the dating scene, the filmmaker is forced to confront what makes a person bolt for the exits when the dance floor opens up. What triggers such a deep-seated reaction? Hilarious and heartbreaking, the search for answers reveals a rarely seen world rife with sex, spirituality, robots, virtual reality, and a deadly medieval epidemic. Along the way, Allcock meets celebrities, scientists and others who have taken extreme steps to overcome their chorophobia. In the end, Fear of Dancing attempts to make sense of what it means to be human through the simple act of dancing – or not.
Watch the trailer for Fear of Dancing.