Where did dance originate from?


Dance is found in nearly all societies and in all parts of the world, and it is impossible to say for certain when and where it began. It is likely that dance developed independently in many places and has always been a part of human culture.

The practice of dance easily pre-dates the beginning of recorded history. There are depictions of dancing in the 9,000-year-old paintings at the Bhimbetka rock shelters in India, and in Egyptian tomb paintings from more than 5,000 years ago. But the practice of dance leaves few enduring artifacts, so archaeological evidence is scare. Nevertheless, the prevalence and importance of dance around the world suggests that it may have always had a place in human society.

Dance has always been a part of religious ceremonies and rituals, and there is a long history of dance being used for healing purposes among the ancient Greeks, the ancient Egyptians and among the Native American people. In addition, dance has long played an important role in society. Whether the courtly "gavottes" of the European nobility, or the square dances of American colonials, dance has provided people an occasion for mingling socially and strengthening the bonds of community. Given the ubiquity of dance in the history of civilization, it is hard to picture a time when it did not exist.

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