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Unformatted text preview: Greece is one of the few places in the world today where dancing is still alive, and part of everyday life. Dance is central to many different ceremonies, including weddings, funerals, preparation for war, celebrations of victory, and so on. Dance is also used to overcome depression, and even cure physical illnesses. Dancing was even more vital to the life of ancient Greeks, than to modern Greeks. Dance was used to tell stories, and most of all, to teach. Ancient Greek philosophers, including Socrates and Aristotle, praised dance as a symbol of education, culture, and refinement. Greek mythology points to Rea, the mother of Zeus, as the creator of Greek dancing. There are two main types of Greek dances, shuffling or dragging dances, known as Syrtos, and leaping or springing dances. The leaping dances are done almost exclusively by men, and trace back to the areas of Greece where the terrain is hillier and rockier. The Syrto dances are slower, and have a heavy quality to them. Women are involved in these dances as well, and they tend to keep their...
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This essay was uploaded on 04/06/2008 for the course DANC 135 taught by Professor Tiber during the Spring '08 term at Cal Poly.
- Spring '08