Dance & Music Illustration

Maya Empire for Kids
Dance & Music

The Maya created over 1,000 different dances. They loved dance! They danced the Monkey, the Grandfather, the Shadow of the Trees, and more!

Costumes were creative, colorful, and as noisy as possible. Little bells and rattles were sewn onto costumes. People danced alone, in pairs, and in groups.

Drums, turtle rattles, flutes, whistles, and shell instruments accompanied the dancers.

Dance had a purpose besides enjoyment. Dance was used by the ancient Maya to communicate with their gods. Dance was used to give thanks and as prayers.

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