Classical Greek


Inspired by Ancient Greece, Classical Greek Dance created by Ruby Ginner in the early 20th century, is based upon the natural movements of the body. The movements are expressive and range from lyrical to dynamic athletic sequences. Dancers perform barefoot, wearing tunics and often use props such as scarves, ribbons or bows. Classical Greek dancers develop musicality, improvisation and performance skills.

This form of movement provides immense enjoyment and an opportunity for creativity. The student also acquires balance and control, relaxation, elevation, clarity of line, grace and ease of movement and the development of musical understanding. The more advanced work allows for a greater study of the visual arts, literature and mythology and develops the various different aspects of this work which includes not only lyrical dance but also athletic, pyrrhic, bacchic, choric, ritual and tragic, all of which can be applied to the world of today. It is undoubtedly one of the best methods of teaching stage movement and dramatic expression in dance form.


History of Classical Greek Dance

Classical Greek Dance is a dance technique that was developed by Ruby Ginner MBE (1886–1978). It is based mainly on the heritage of 5th century Greece and its relevance to the modern world. Ginner’s theatrical career encouraged her to develop her own form of dance movement, one that could be adapted according to contemporary and artistic needs.

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Events and Activities

Every two years a Classical Greek Dance Festival is held for dancers ranging from children of seven years to students and adults. There are also awards for original choreography and improvisation. The Ruby Ginner Awards (for solo dancers) are held annually for all standards. Holiday courses and refresher courses are arranged each year. The Daphne Hawkesworth Cup is awarded annually to someone who the Faculty committee feel has made an outstanding contribution to Classical Greek Dance. Bursary Award Competitors are drawn from winners of the Classical Greek Dance Festival Finals upon recommendation from the Classical Greek Faculty.

Classical Greek Dance Faculty Committee

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Greek Dance offers "participation in an art which the Greeks made the root idea of all their education."

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