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Ancient Greek Dance Illustration

Ancient Greek Dance

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Dance was an important art form in ancient Greece. Although there were professional dancers, everybody loved to dance. Some dances called for men to dance together. Others were designed for women to dance together. But men and women never danced together.

These dances had set patterns. There were over 200 dances with set patterns for various purposes. The Greeks had 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 went with the dancing. There were bells and tambourines and castanets for rhythm (and noise) along with lyres and flutes for melody.

Traditional Dance in Greece

See also: Ancient Greece Q&A Interactive