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 offer a range of styles and dynamics with an emphasis on building musicality, improvisation and performance skills.
This form of movement is technically and creatively challenging. Students acquire balance and control, relaxation, elevation, clarity of line, grace and ease of movement alongside the development of musical understanding. The advanced work introduces students to the visual arts, literature and mythology. Aspects of the Classical Greek class include not only lyrical dance but also athletic, pyrrhic, bacchic, choric, ritual and tragic, all of which are relevant to students today. It is known as 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.
Every two years a Classical Greek Dance Festival is held for dancers in all Festival categories and ages, from 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 by the Faculty Committee to someone who 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
Our Faculty Committees are the vital link between the members of the Society and the staff and trustees, and provide a two-way channel for communication and consultation with the wider membership body.