Classical Greek Dance

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Founded by Ruby Ginner in 1923 as the Association of Teachers of the Revived Greek Dance, it became affiliated to the ISTD in 1951, combining with the ISTD Greek Branch.

The history and development of Classical Greek Dance (Ruby Ginner Method) can be explored through archive material which includes original programmes from early performances, photographs, and newsletters from 1926-1955 with articles written by Dame Ninette de Valois, Ruth St Denis, Irene Mawer, Ruby Ginner and her brother Charles Ginner (a painter) etc. These demonstrate the link with drama, mime, music and painting and provide a fascinating insight into the cultural scene of that time. Other links are with education and the medical world, coupled with the inherent background of Ancient Greece.

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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

THE VALUE OF CLASSICAL GREEK DANCE

“Classical Greek Dance, Ruby Ginner method, is a dance technique based on fundamental movement which is structured to encourage further creativity by both teacher and pupil. It is based on the aims and ideals of Ancient Greece , particularly the necessity for the balance and harmony of the body, mind and spirit. This is achieved through a carefully graded syllabus enhanced by the background knowledge of Ancient Greek civilisation and its myths and legends. Important links are also made with the sister arts of Music, Drama, Sculpture and Painting.”

Dame Merle Park DBE,
Former Director Royal Ballet School , Patron

Web site link http://www.istd.org/classical-greek/

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