Spotlight: Ballet

Ballet is a performance dance, which is primarily accompanied by classical music. It is choreographed by trained artists and includes mime and acting as well. Ballet dance lays the foundation for several other forms of dance. It is very difficult to master ballet because the style involves intensive practice and training. It is a dance lover’s dream to learn ballet. The word ‘Ballet’ has its roots back to Greek and Latin, which means ‘To dance’.

Ballet

Ballet

History of Ballet

Ballet originated during the Renaissance Age in Italy in the 15th century and was performed in the courts. The dance themes were based on the special occasion on that day. The first ballet, that narrated a full story was The Queen’s Ballet Comedy and was performed in Paris. It spread to France and Russia and evolved further.

In the 1700s, opera ballet, which included singing and dancing, was developed. The 19th century was a remarkable period for ballet: the dancers began to wear different clothes, hairstyles, and footwear. Toe-dancing was developed during this time. Romantic Ballet was also created in the 19th century. Ballet dance became popular in the United States only in the 20th century, thanks to the Russian choreographer George Balanchine.

Ballet Terminology

In a ballet dance, female dancers are called ‘Ballerinas’. They wear short skirts and have their hair pinned up neatly. Male performers are called ‘Ballet Dancers’. All performers wear stockings to cover their legs.

The various styles of ballet are:

Classical Ballet

Classical Ballet

• Classical Ballet: This is the most methodical, rigid, and traditional form of ballet. There are variations to this, such as Russian Ballet, Italian Ballet, French Ballet, etc.

Neo-classical Ballet

Neo-classical Ballet

• Neo-classical Ballet: This is similar to the traditional ballet, but the rules are more flexible. Spacing is more complex and modern than a classical ballet. Dancers perform more technical feats in this form.

Contemporary Ballet

Contemporary Ballet

• Contemporary Ballet: This form is influenced by classical ballet and modern dance. It adopts the abdominal strength and body control from classical ballet, and combines it with the floor work of dance. This is mostly danced barefoot. George Balanchine is the pioneer of this form.

Twyla Tharp was a modern choreographer, worth mentioning. Her famous shows were ‘Push Comes to Shove’ and ‘In the Upper Room’. Today’s famous choreographers include Alonzo King, Nacho Duato and William Forsythe.

If you’d like to learn more about ballet, we can help! If you’re in the New York City area, check out the dance classes and instructors on HeyKiki and find the perfect dance training for you. If you’re looking for someone in the NYC area to train with, we have dance practice partners on HeyKiki just waiting to connect with you!

If you’d like to learn another sport or activity other than dance, we have other instructors and classes in your area on HeyKiki too.

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