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Figurative dance sculptures and art



Royal Dux Art Deco Porcelain dancers

Royal Dux Art Deco Porcelain dancers



Won-Lee dance sculpture - two slender figures

‘Caesura #4’   Won Lee




 Dance rhythms of life       


The body is blessed with agility, dexterity and above all rhythm. Only humans have the ability to be engaged (entrained) in rhythmically coordinated movement to an advanced degree. The desire to dance is universal and cross cultural and has permeated all world societies. Ancient tribes used dancing rituals for many important occasions, ceremonies and healing and attained bonding through their creative expression of movement. By integrating storytelling into these public displays of dancing, their history was reinforced and sustained into future generations. Most ancient tribes had specific and important dances for various coming of age ceremonies, weddings and funerals. Dance was performed as a form of ritual to call the spirits of their ancestors in order to establish a line of communication with them. They believed that dancing helped them to feel their ancestral spirits and enable direct invocation for the blessings and approval they were seeking.
The process of performing in rhythmic sync for a celebration and the use of costume and body decoration helped to unify the collective tribal spirit The rhythms, chants, drumming, and dancing all combined to create an uplifting, spiritual state for everyone involved. Sometimes, this led to elevated states of ecstatic trance which has been witnessed with whirling dervishes from Turkey, Moroccan hadra dancing, Orisha priestesses from Nigeria & Brazil and Shaman healers from the Kalahari. In the Middle East they believed that their dancing rituals served to reintegrate and balance the main powers of the human body with the same energy that supports the divine creative energy.


Xu Fei Hong dancing couple sculpture

Bronze dancing couple – Xu Fei Hong


According to Joseph Jordania, the development of the sense of rhythm was central for the achievement of the specific neurological state of the battle trance, crucial for the development of the effective defense system of early hominids.The elevated consciousness attained through their dance gave them more power and spirit to transcend fatigue and conquer their enemy. Some of its many manifestations through the ages has been the rhythmic war cry, rhythmic drumming by shamans, rhythmic tribal dancing before a battle, rhythmic drilling of the soldiers and even contemporary professional combat forces listening to the rhythmic rock music all using the ability of rhythm to unite human individuals into a shared collective force.
It was not uncommon for ancient tribal dancing to imitate the movements of their totem animals and birds, while wearing furs and feathers from these creatures. As birds and animals had characteristic movements, especially with their mating rituals, they had a wealth of material to draw upon. Prehistoric hunters performed dancing to honor their prey before killing them to receive maximum advantage from the flesh.


Rosenthal, white porcelain -Dancer-1923

Rosenthal Dancer, 1923


In some of the more esoteric dance performances, complex rituals are integrated into the dancing as evidenced in the use of distinctive hand movements and vivd facial expressions in the South Indian Bharatnatyam. Complete mythological epic tales are enacted, highlighted by the percussive stamping of feet in sync to the Tabla and Mridang drumming rhythm patterns. Lord Nataraja, one of the Hindu gods, is considered to be the master of this dance form. The Moroccan Gnawa music and accompanying dance also has detailed structure. ( see below)

The natural balance and grace of a dancer combined with the accompanying spirit, joy and emotion, provides a rich tapestry of subject matter for a visual artist. The capturing of dance performance is covered here with a focus on three artistic mediums – sculpture, photography and paintings.


Pearl-Primus dancing with two drummers Photo by Gjon Mili

Pearl Primus  – photo by Gjon Mili

“I dance not to entertain but to help people better understand each other. Because through dance I have experienced the wordless joy of freedom, I seek it more fully now for my people and for all people everywhere”.  – Pearl Primus




Marc-Bellaire ceramic drop vessel with tribal dancer

Mid Century tribal dancer vessel – Marc Bellaire



AncientBoeotian Terracotta statue .. dancer

Boeotian Terracotta statue of a dancer




'Dancer'-by-Gerda-Gerdago sculpture figurine bronze

Constructivist Art Deco ‘Dancer’  by Gerda Gerdago

Iconic Snob Galeries




Edourad Cazaux Baluster-vase

Baluster vase with dancing carnival characters – Edouard Cazaux



Giovanni-Ronzan belly dancer figurine

Giovanni Ronzan belly dancer figurine, Torino, Italy



Josef-Lorenzl-Gold Art Deco sculpture dance figure

Josef Lorenzl Gold Art Deco dance figure




Jitka-Palmer-ceramic cup with dancing

Jitka Palmer



MichaelGustavson-Autumn Dancer abstract sculpture ceramic vessel

Michael Gustavson – ‘Autumn Dancer’



Janos Torok Mid Century dancers vase

Janos Torok Mid Century dancers vase for Zsolnay




‘Afro Cuban Dancers’ – Miguel Covarrubias




D.H.Chiparus Art Deco Dancer Bronze Sculpture Statue Figurine--Thai costume

D.H.Chiparus Art Deco Dancer Bronze Sculpture Statue Figurine




‘It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)’ 1939

Meet Me At The Savoy! Photo Series




Dustin Yellin. New York City Ballet-Art Series. February, 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Dustin Yellin. New York City Ballet-Art Series.

February, 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)




A-Girl-from-Mexico female dancer

Movie – ‘A girl from Mexico’, 2012




Harem-Dancer-Sculpture-by-Van-de-Voorde in bronze

Harem Dancer Sculpture by Van de Voorde



Gustavo Pujalte, Esquina Tango A couple dancing the tango on the street


Gustavo Pujalte, ‘Esquina Tango’




Dance of Beauty – Parian – Gaylord Ho

Fascination Fine Art




Dominique Alonzo –  ‘Danseuse Egyptienne’



Edouard Cazaux daceing female figurine

Edouard Cazaux




Guy Portelli_small_tango_sculpture of a dancing couple

Guy Portelli – ‘Small Tango’



Tongues (Holy Rollers) –  Archibald Motley – 1929

Chicago History Museum




Gnawa musicians and leaping dancer

Gnawa dance

The mluk are evoked by the seven musical patterns, seven melodic and rhythmic cells (Um) which are repeated and varied, set up the seven suites that form the repertoire of dance and music of the Gnawa ritual. During these seven suites are burned seven different incense and veils or shawls of seven different colors are used to cover the dancers. Each of the seven mluk is accompanied by many characters (mluk or Djins) recognized by the music and by the footsteps of the dance. These entities are treated like “presence” (Hadra) that the consciousness meets in the altered state of consciousness (Hal), are related with mental complexes, human characters or behaviors. Some of the most known spirits amongst the Gnawa group are: Lalla Mira, Lalla Aicha, and Sidi Mimoun are usually related to places like rivers or seas.


Copyright 1998-to current date by Gilded Serpent, LLC


Eva-Antonia Ballerina sculpture in bronze

‘Ballerina’ – Eva Antonini



Vase with dancers-in-bluish-white-tones-bubbled-with-fountains-gushing-dark-blue.Edourad-Cazaux

Jazz Age ovoid vase with a hemmed collar and dancers in bluish-white tones bubbled with fountains gushing dark blue – Edouard Cazaux

Circa 1935-1940




(B) Ballet on the Beach (c)NYC64813 – Philippe Halsman



Blue_Dancer_2-Alexander-Archipenko - sculpture of a female dancer

‘Blue Dancer 2’ –  Alexander Archipenko



‘Hot Rhythm’ – Archibald Motley – Jazz Age modernist



bronzestatue of a male and female calypso dancers

Bronze statue of Caribbean dancers




Jazz Age plate by Viktor Schreckengost

Jazz Age plate by Viktor Schreckengost



Dakkar street dancing by Frank-Horvat

Frank Horvat – Dakkar street dancing





Ballroom Dancers Mixed Media Hand Painted Iron Wall Sculpture by Primo




Aaron-Douglas drawing of black dancers

Aaron Douglas




Dancer-and-the-dance-by-John-Safer-Stylized stainless steel sculpture

‘Dancer and the dance’ by John Safer




Dany-Jumg wood sculpture

Dany Jumg



Demêtre Chiparus, “Les Girls” c.1930



Eds-Dance_Hans-van-de-Bovenkamp - abstract metal sculpture

‘Ed’s Dance’ – Hans van de Bovenkamp



Ernie-Barnes painting of a dancing couple

Ernie Barnes – ‘The Dancing Couple’




Gerdago---Silver Dancer----1920

Gerda Gerdago—‘Silver Dancer’— Austria 1920





Porcelain dancing couple – designed by Lorenzl for  Goldscheider




Dance of Life sculpture - Dancing circle of women arm in arm

‘Dance of Life’ sculpture – Bradanovic Agid Lucy




Rene Lalique-Crystal-Two-Nude-Dancers

Rene Lalique frosted glass ‘Two Nude Dancers’



Granada-Gypsies dancing Granada gypsy with guitar players

Granada Gypsies playing guitars for a Gypsy dancer

Photograph by Dmitri Kessel





Silver bronze Art Deco dancer with drape




Kolaramma-Temple carved stone dancing lady

Kolaramma Temple at Kolar, relief of dancing women at the mahadwara (main entrance)




Gyuri Hollosy




passionate tango dancing couple

Tango dancers




Joy Of The Dance - D.E. McDermott Lady dancing sculpture in black

‘Joy Of The Dance’ – D.E. McDermott

Sioux Falls



Marie-Madeleine-Gautier-French-sculptor LES DANSEUSES BALINAISES

‘Les Danseuses Balinaises’ – Marie Madeleine Gautier




Maurice-Guiraud-Riviere-art deco figure sculpture - naked green man with a gold turban

Maurice Guiraud Riviere – art deco figure sculpture



Nathan-Brutsky cubist abstract man and woman dancing

Nathan Brutsky



Niki-de-Saint-Phalle-Les_Trois_Graces Three buxom women dancing

Niki de Saint Phalle – ‘Les Trois Graces’


Paige Bradley - 'Summer' =nude female sculpture

Paige Bradley – ‘Summer’ 


Georgy-Kurasov painting of female dancer with tamborine


Georgy Kurasov




Erte Firedancer art deco figure sulpture

Erte – ‘Firedancer’

Patinated and cold painted Art Deco sculpture




Pawaya temple relief of female musicians and a dancer

Relief of court dancer from Gupta era, Pewaya, Madhya Pradesh



leaping Pearl Primus

Pearl Primus

“The dance is strong magic. It transforms the body into liquid steel. It makes it vibrate like a guitar. The body can fly without wings. It can sing without voice. The dance is strong magic. The dance is life:”. – Pearl Primus


sculpture of a female dancing by Dorothy Brook

‘Rain Dance’ by Dorothy Brook




Richard-MacDonald-sculpture of two dancing sisters

Richard MacDonald sculpture – Sisters Quarter Life from the Joie de Vivre Suite



Keith Calder--layback_male_dancer

Lay Back Male Dancer – Keith Calder




Richard-MacDonald blaaet dancing sisters

Richard MacDonald



 Gypsy dancing -by Kurt Hielscher

 Gypsy dancing by Kurt Hielscher

Spain 1914-1919



mark_yale_harris_dance_me_to_the_end_of_love_l dancing couple sculpture

‘Dance me to the end of love !’  – Mark Yale Harris




Rogier-Ruys two female abstract damcers

Rogier Ruys two female abstract dancers desktop sculptures



Şatrova Natalia





The Lindy Hop1936 by Miguel Covarrubias

‘The Lindy Hop’ by Miguel Covarrubias



Outdoor sculpture of a dancing cople -- Tango by Larry Young

 ‘Tango’ by Larry Young





Egyptian Dancer in a Tent, by Willem de Famars Testas, 1863, Dutch Painting, watercolor.

Egyptian Dancer in a Tent, by Willem de Famars Testas, 1863, Dutch Painting, watercolor




Svetlana Belyaeva photo of a dancer in the forest

Svetlana Belyaeva photography





Violetta---Nathalie-SEGUIN-female sculpture

‘Violetta’  —   Nathalie Seguin



House Music with dance sculptures – Tikyo feat. Barbara Tucker The B Crew _Back 2 Love Richard Earnshaw Remix









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