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Ancient Greece Dance

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Amanda O'Brien

on 20 April 2014

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Transcript of Ancient Greece Dance

A little info on Ancient Greek Dance
Where Ancient Greek Dance can be used
Dance background
Dance, dance, dance
Why Greeks love dance
Things to know about Greek Dance
My culture is one of the few countries in the world where folk dances are as alive today as they were in ancient times. Dance has always played an important role in the life of a Greek, especially me! It is an expression of human feelings and everyday life.
We dance at religious festivals, ceremonies; we dance to ensure fertility; to prepare for war and to celebrate victories; we dance at weddings; to overcome depression and to cure physical illness. Almost every dance has a story to tell. Dance is regarded as one of the highest forms of art.
Plato agreed with his mentor Socrates that every educated man should know how to dance gracefully by which he meant the manly exercises that kept the body strong and supple and ready to do its duty on the battlefield. The Pyrrhic, or weapon dance (a form of mock combat) taken from Crete and perfected in Sparta, was the ideal. There are two distinct categories in the traditional Greek dance; the springing/leaping dance and the shuffle/dragging dance known as sirtos; the latter being the oldest form of dance.
A major part of my culture is involved in the dance. It is important to the people and the way we live. Religion revolve around it, people enjoy it for recreational purposes and people begin to acquire a sort of professionalism from it, as well as being entertained by it. Dance is an important art form in ancient Greece. Although there are professional dancers, such as me, everybody loves to dance. Some dances call for men to dance together. Others are designed for women to dance together.
Most dances are circle dances, start with the right foot and move counter-clockwise.Most Greek Mythology are written by poets, like Homer, and as the spiritual sustenance for its people, dance communicated its wisdom and truth as effectively as words. The strong dancing tradition prevalent among the Greeks was likely inherited from Crete which was conquered by us around 1500 BC but Greece is very effective in synthesizing the best from surrounding cultures, its poets and artists borrowed significantly from surrounding Pyria and Thrace and its scholars are being initiated into the Egyptian mysteries by temple priests long before Alexander the Great conquered Egypt.
Ancient Greece Dance
Hi people,
My name is Alessia, I come from Greece. My dream as a child was to become a dancer. Luckily, my wish came true! I’m a Greece dance teacher. I teach many different genres of dance. Come learn about Greece dance with me!

Ancient Greek Dance

These dances have set patterns. There are over 200 dances with set patterns for various purposes. We have war dances and funny dances and funeral dances and wedding dancing and a dance for celebrations, like the birth of a new child. Lots of noise go with the dancing. There are bells and tambourines and castanets for rhythm (and noise) along with lyres and flutes for melody. As you can see I have a fun job!

By; Amanda O'Brien Jensen-3
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In conclusion, there are many different genres in Greece Dance that I teach! Thanks for watching!
- Alessia







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