Originating in the 15th century in the Renaissance courts of Catherine’s Medici, ballet developed into a concert dance form in France and Russia.
Influential globally two other dance genres and techniques, Classical ballet developed under Louis XIV who was a dancer and furthered this art form. In 1661, Louis XIV founded Acadamie Royale de Danse, Royal Dance Academy. In 1672 the Paris Opera was born. The direct style has evolved since its beginning; Russian, French, Italian, contemporary and neoclassical and Romantic, being the most popular, which includes a lot of on pointe work, female dancers, acrobatic movement and short white tutu’s. Ballet is the foundation of other dance forms.
Best Known Ballet
Ballet’s most famous dance work choreography and musical production’s is the Nutcracker, a two-act ballet; originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov and the now famous music score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Origin of the Name Ballet
The word ballet comes from the French word which originated in Italian (balletto / ballo (dance) which comes from Latin word ballo, ballare, meaning “to dance” which originated from Greek word “βαλλίζω” (ballizo), “to dance, to jump about”. The word ballet was borrowed into English around 1630.
The Sleeping Beauty: The challenges of technically demanding roles (The Royal Ballet)