Pictorial records in cave paintings in Spain and France showing dance like formations have led to the conjecture that religious rites and attempts to influence events through sympathetic magic were central motivations of prehistoric dance.

One major branch of dance is Theatrical Dance as it has evolved in the Western World. However the dance that we now recognize as the ballet, first evolved in the renaissance of the 1500s in France. (Wikipedia)

In European culture, one of the earliest records of dancing is by Homer, whose Iliad describes chorea (khoreia). Chorea is a circle dance accompanied by singing. Although Greece was not the sole originator of circle dances, derivatives of the name are used to describe circle dances in a number of other countries: Khorovod (Russia), Hora (Romania, Moldova, Israel), Horo (Bulgaria). (Wikipedia)

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