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Dance through the Centuries

Already, the civilizations of antiquity were quite familiar with dancing. In ancient Egypt, it was the slaves who entertained people with their artistic representations, and for whom religion was a preponderant element, so that dance marked important holidays connected with the gods, death or agriculture.

The Greeks used dance to train their soldiers or lighten up their theatrical plays. It wasn't rare to attend the performance of a tragedy in which dance and song were combined. As for the Romans, itinerant artists appeared who practiced dance, mime, juggling, and even acrobatics.

During the Middle Ages, the Roman Catholic Church, which dominated the western world, considered dance immoral, which did not, for all that, prevent people from organizing festivities and celebrations. During the Renaissance, court dances led to the creation of the ballet, which quickly became one of the very symbols of western dance.

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