History of Ballet




The Beginning of Ballet

Ballet has been around since the 15th century and began in Italy. Catherine De Medici married King Henry the 2nd where she introduced the style into the court life in France. Over the next 100 years ballet was codified in French, even today all the terminology is in French. About a century later King Louis XIV helped spread the art form.In 1661 the dance moved from the courts to the first stage, “The French Opera Triomphe de L’Amour”, creating an Opera Ballet tradition in France. In the 1700s a French ballet master rebelled against Opera ballet, deciding ballet could be its own form of art. He thought ballet should be expressive and have dramatic movements that bring characters together.

Ballet Nowadays

Ballet has gone through many eras:Ballet de Cour (Renaissance), Opera Ballet (Baroque Period), Ballet d’ Action (classical Period), Transition or Neoclassical-Romanticism, Romantic Ballet Era, Russian Imperial Ballet, and Diaghilev Era (Modernism). Ballet today is based from Modernism. Ballet is an artistic dance using precise steps and is performed with music on stage, where the dancers wear tutus and pointe shoes, it is calm, smooth, graceful, and delicate movement.

What Ballet is to Me

To me there is nothing like ballet. When I’m in ballet class all the stress that the world offers goes away. I feel confident in class and I’m always being challenged and there is nothing like overcoming those challenges and getting better. I love being able to express myself and do what I love. There is nothing like going up en pointe and landing that triple turn. I love going out to perform and giving it my all, I am proud and accomplished when I go out on that stage. I don’t know where I’d be with out dance.

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