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Apollo Statue By Apollonius

The Apollo Dance

        This dance actually goes back to the Greco-Roman times with the Greek-Gods "Terpischore and Apollo." Apollo (Phoebus) was patron or 'God of Music, Prophecy, Healing and Poetry and was often connected with Terpischore and the Muses. Apollo was said to be born in Delos to Leto and Zeus and had a twin sister named "Artemis."

   Apollo was the father of Aristaeus, Asclepius, Orpheus and Linus was son to Apollo and Psamathe (the daughter of Argos), however he was in love with the nymph Daphne. After the fifth century B.C. Apollo was frequently identified with Helios, the sun god.

    Apollo's chief oracular shrine was at Gaea in Delphi, which he was said to have seized, while still an infant by slaying the guardian serpent named Python (the festival of the Stepteria.) Apollo's other notable shrines were at Branchidae, Claros, Patara, and on the island of Delos.

    Other festivals held in Apollo's honor included the yearly Thargelia, which was to celebrate spring, as well as the Pythia,

(Pythian Games) held every four years (to honor his victory over the Python.) Apollo, who has been called Musegetes (meaning 'Leader of the Muses') on account of his musical and inspiring gift.

    The Apollo Dance was created after this mythical Greek God (Apollo) by Charles La Picq of San Francisco in 1848. The Apollon Musagete (Ballet) was staged in Washington D.C. on April 27th, 1928 with Adolph Bolm (as Apollo), Ruth Page (as Terpischore), Bernice Holmes (as Polyhymnia) and Elise Reiman (as Calliope). Also in June 1928 by George Balanchine with Serge Lifar (as Apollo) and again in 1937 by Lew Christiansen (as Apollo).

Birth Place

Creation Date


Dance Type

San Francisco 1848 Charles La Picq Mythical

Posters, Lobby Cards etc.

Sheet Music Covers

Music Titles

n/a n/a Prelude to a muse (Mesomede)
Prelude to Calliope and Apollo (Mesomede)

Night Clubs



n/a Metropolitan Opera House (N.Y) Apollonia
Uris Theatre (1974) Greece



Ballets / Stage

1920 - Apollo (Animated) n/a Ballet Russe (1928)



Other Related Dances of the time...

Apollon Musagete Ballet Calliope Salome Terpischore

Dancers, Choreographers etc.

Adolph Bolm (1928) Diaghilev (1928) Serge Lifar (1928)
Andre' Eglevsky Lew Christiansen (1937)
Charles La Picq (1848) Rudolf Nureyev (1974)

Books, Magazine Articles on the dance...



Date Published


n/a n/a n/a n/a


Poets / Writers


Igor F. Stravinsky (1882-1971) Homer (C. 750 B.C) Apollo Belvedere (Vatican)
Mesomede (c. 2nd Century A.D.) Apollonius (see pic)

Misc. Research Words that may be related ... to help your searches

Apollo Goddess Rhea Niobe (Queen of Thebes) Zeus
Calliope Hercules Paean (epithet)
Folk Lore Jupiter Polyhymnia
Greek Mythology Mythical, Myth, Mythology Terpischore