Dance is an artform that leaves no physical traces so sadly it there is no evidence of mankind's first attempts at moving for the sheer fun of it.
Still, it may be certain that the first humans found their dancing feet shortly after they first learned to stand upright.
Dance has served a variety of purposes through the ages with motives as diverse as praying for rain, summoning battles, invoking health cures, instilling national pride, and inspiring romance (or simply because it felt good.)
Later, the Jazz Age (who wants to jitterbug?) ushered in what would eventually lay the foundation for all modern forms of popular dance including disco and the current urban craze for hip-hop and breakdancing.
More about dance history around the Web:
Around the Web, step back in time at these Eastern and Western dance history
sites for a a further look at dance in all its variety....
Musicals - Dance Films - The whole history of dance as it evolved from Hollywood with looks at some of the most famous landmark movies and directors of the genre including photos, related resources.
Dance - RenDance is a complete resource. Music, choreography,
costume and more are covered. Everything for the medieval feast,
except the knights in shining armor, are covered.
of Early Dance - Stefan Kühn's love of historical
dance and surfing the Web combines into a user friendly,
multilingual site with upcoming events, classes in your area,
clean links and a wonderful picture gallery.
History of Irish Dance - Going back to the Celts and ending
with RIverdance, this site covers it all. Links to more Irish
cultural coverage including music and songs (not to mention a delicious Irish
Soda Bread recipe).