HISTORY OF DANCE
Dancing is very much a part of our lives. There are cultures that have used
dancing for various ceremonial and traditional festivals. In many history books you can see that dance has been
around almost as long as man’s history.
In the ancient times dancing was used for asking the gods for favors and to scare
demons and other evil spirits away from villages. As you see the history of dance is woven in to many aspects
of our lives.
These were not the only uses that dancing held for the people of earlier
times. Sometimes these cultures used dancing to act as a form of history. By enacting various incidents
and events that happened in the tribes or villages past they would keep that memory alive in the people’s
minds. Sometimes this form of history of dance and emotions would be passed on through
Dance was found not only in the “primitive” cultures but the more advanced
civilizations like Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used dance for many of these reasons as well. As there were
forms of writing by these times, the history of dance became more known but there was very little told about the
people who danced in various rituals and the uses that dancing was used for.