The History of Dancing

It’s hard to say exactly when mankind started to dance as the activity is basically like walking or running, you don’t really need any physical gear to do it which means we could have started at any time, maybe even at the same time we started walking. But old cave paintings makes it possible for us to at least trace dancing back to over 9000 years ago and we do know that its been an important part in both rituals, ceremony’s and as entertainment in many cultures. In some they used dance as a healing ritual performed to protect people against disease, although there’s records of sick people instead dying of exhaustion while performing this healing dance. It’s also thought to have been a way of communicating in Egypt, passing down stories about the god’s from generation to generation long before they had the capability to wright it down. In early Greek they saw dancing very much as an art form were the dancers goal was to be able to express a passion or a feeling as good as possible. In India dancing was an expression of feelings in an entirely different way, here it was linked to trafficking and prostitution, so much so that the Englishmen by law actually forbade public dancing under the time when they controlled India, it wasn’t until 1947 that it became a part of the culture again when India won back their freedom. In the 18th century ballet started to spread throughout Europe. From the beginning it was only included as a smaller part of a big performance and the dancers had big dresses and were not as movable as they are today, but as it became more and more popular for the dancers to move fast and flexible over the scene the clothes also became more appropriate for that purpose. In the 20th century ballet had developed to be very much what it is today, but in the same time there was a wave of new thinking spreading through the society. Now people wanted to se more of the individual, the primitive and the emotional, this led to a development of the ballet to a much more modern dance were the creativity of the dancer was most valued and all the grace and costumes of the ballet was suddenly seen as an old time gymnastics. After these first dance styles started to branch out from each other the development of new ones just kept coming along with the different music types that was spreading trough society and by the 1980s we could se ballet living side to side with modern dance, street dance, breakdance and so on.