Dance Off

Pupils at Maiden Erlegh School brought ancient and modern together in this interpretation of a dance scene.

Ure View

Dance Off, The Love of Honour and Plant Food were made for Ure View, an Arts Council funded 'Stories of the World’ project run at the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology in 2012.

Local teenagers worked with the project team to interpret vases in the museum and develop stories and storyboards from them.  Steve transformed the storyboards into animations.  They have since been shown at Westminster as part of an Arts in Parliament exhibition.  They’ve also been included on a digital trail at the Museum of English Rural Life and in a special exhibition in Reading Museum.

about the animation


Dancing was an important part of ancient Greek religion and entertainment.  One ancient hymn promises the god Apollo that mortals will, 'remember and please [him] with boxing, dancing and song,’ (Homeric Hymn 3, To Apollo).


This animated loop by Maiden Erlegh pupils combines aspects of ancient, traditional, and modern dance.  Ancient Greek dancers are shown doing elements of a Greek syrtos folk dance (very popular at weddings), along with modern caterpillar and body-popping moves.


Created by pupils from Maiden Erlegh School.

vase details

Etruscan (i.e. made in the Etruria region of Italy).

Black figure oinochoe vase depicting male dancers around the whole vessel.  Late Archaic, c.525-500 BCE.

Owned by Reading Museum, housed in the Ure Museum, (Accession Number: REDMG: 1951.130.1).


The music used is kindly provided by Stefan Hagel, a musician and academic at the Institute for the Study of Ancient Culture in Vienna.

follow-up viewing

1) Celebrations in The Love of Honour.

2) Horror in:  Plant Food.

3) Off to a celebration:  The Procession.

© Reading Museum (REDMG 1951:130.1)

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