Origin of Dance

It’s difficult to pinpoint when dance was invented, for it’s believed that people have danced before civilization.  People danced as a form of expression, such as we do today.  It’s also known that people used do dance as a way of story-telling, and this continues to be present.  The first records of dancing are among civilizations in India and the Middle East, along with the native people of Australia, Africa, and the Americas.  Real, organized dance appears to have taken place in India in 6000 BC, and paintings showing musicians and dancers were created in Egypt around 3000 BC.  In the Americas, Australia, and Africa, the indigenous people danced for both spiritual reasons and for entertainment.  They would dance for everything, from weddings to funerals, and their culture inspires dance today.

Australian boy performing a traditional dance at a festival.
Detail from a tomb painting from Shaykh ʿAbd al-Qurnah, Egypt.