Skaars Dancers were wolves who danced until the brink of death. They hoped to die so that Skaarsgard would come to the earth with the Star Ladder to take them up to the Cave of Souls. Once a wolf is in this trance, its chances of survival and snapping out of it are extremely slim.
The Skaars Dancers were "hypnotized" by the wolf known as 'the Prophet'. Snow, bark and blood may smear their fur, and they dance until they pass out and die.
The Skaars Dancers were told by the Prophet that they should not eat. Whenever Faolan, or any other wolf or owl, tried to feed the skinny Skaars Dancers, they would eat only enough to stop dancing momentarily. They feel that by not eating, they are filling their spirits with "spirit food". They try to feed the Prophet when he is around the circles. The Skaars Dancers are more often than not, oblivious to their surroundings