Dance Ancient Egyptian

Egyptian dances were used as a way of celebrating. Celebrations, Feasts, Religious Services, Funerals were all common places for dancing. It showed joy. Males and females never danced together. They didn’t have different genres of dance; they were all considered a way of expressing emotions and talents.

Dance Movements

Dance was performed at any gathering, from celebrations to funeral services. There were a lot of acrobatic and gymnastic-like movements in their dances, like backbends, twirling and handstands. Leaping and skipping were ways of honoring Hathor, the goddess that greeted the dead at the entrance of the underworld. Many of their dances and everyday life surrounded around religion. When creating their non-secular dances, gods and goddess like Osiris, the god of death and Isis the goddess of magic and life were worshipped. The dance movements that were secular were named after the motions they pantomimed and imitated. For instance, there were “the taking of the gold”, and “the leading along of the animal”.
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Music


Egyptians used instruments to create their music. Common instruments used were harps, drums, clappers, tambourines, flutes, cymbals.



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Clothing

Since the environment was so hot the Ancient Egyptians wore little or no clothes at all. If they did wear clothes they were very thin and light. All clothes were almost always made of linen which is made from flax,a plant with small leaves and blue flowers. The stem of the plant was soaked separated and weaved on a loom. People usually danced barefoot. They only wore sandals if they needed them . The sandals were made of braided papyrus, a tall water plant that grows in the Nile Valley.

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Hair, Jewelry, and Make Up

Both men and woman wore wigs. These wigs were made of human hair or wool. the wig had to be changed everyday.external image cloth2.jpg Dancers along with all other egyptains people wore jewelry. They wore rings, necklaces and earrings made of gold, turquoise and colorful beads.external image cloth1.jpg Dancers darkened eyebrows and lashes were darkened with a black powder. There cheeks were powered red.

Related Topics


Cleopatra
King Tut
Egyptian: Writing System
Egyptian: Religion
Egyptian: Architecture and Art

Regents Themes


Diversity
Movement of People and Goods
Science and Technology
Belief Systems

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References


Ancient Egyptian Dance: http://www.ancient-egypt-online.com/egyptian-dance.html
Music and Dance: http://showcase.netins.net/web/ankh/music.html

Dance and Dancers in Ancient Egypt: http://www.touregypt.net/featurestories/dancers.htm

Cool sites to visit to learn more about egypt

http://showcase.netins.net/web/ankh/