How glad you are about the invention of dancing will depend largely on whether or not you’re any good at it.
Dancing Queen. Of course, no one knows who was the first person to start tapping their feet in time to some music or the site of the world’s first dance floor. But we can safely say that dancing has been around for a very, very long time.
At Bhimbekta in India, Stone Age rock paintings more than 9,000 years old show scenes of people dancing.
Rock carvings at Alta in Norway more than 6,000 years old also show dancing scenes, and so do Egyptian tomb paintings more than 5,000 years old.
The Minoans of ancient Crete (around 5,000 to 3,400 years ago) were keen on dancing and have left sculptures of dancing figures, as well as paintings of dancers, to prove it. According to Minoan mythology, the goddess Rea taught humans to dance.
The ancient Greeks took dancing very seriously and made it a basic part of their education system.
The very first dances might have been used as part of religious rituals, or to tell stories, or a combination of both. But you only have to look at a baby’s response to music to realize that dancing comes naturally, though some people lose their sense of rhythm once they grow up.
Morris dancing is a type of English folk dancing that’s been around since the Middle Ages. Traditionally, it’s danced by men wearing white costumes with bells on their legs. They might wave hankies, tobacco pipes, sticks or even blown-up pigs’ bladders.
Invent a brand-new dance! Think up nine moves and choose the best song to perform it to. Describe your nine moves. When you’re happy with your routine, give it a name, then show it to the rest of the family or your friends.