Everybody loved to dance in ancient Greece, Ancient Greece for Kids Illustration

Everybody loved to dance in ancient Greece, Ancient Greece for Kids

 
 

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, although they might dance in two circles - the woman dancing in a circle inside and the men forming a circle around them on the outside.

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. Many dances were danced to honor a specific god.

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.

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