The history of ballet

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  • Jan 1st, 1500

    The birth of a new form of dance!

    The birth of a new form of dance!
    During the renaissance period, in the noble courts and houses of Italy, a new form of dance was born. Aristocrats of this this era were known for hosting elaborate parties to "best” others of the same elevated social status. As a new form of entertainment, a group of these nobles would have their subjects preform a dance mimicking the popular sport of fencing. This new form of dance imitated the lunges and smooth, graceful, movements of "sword dancing".
  • Jan 1st, 1581

    The spread of ballet

    The spread of ballet
    In the mid 1500's Italian noble woman, Catherine de' Medici, was crowned queen of France. Balthasar de Beaujoyeux, one of the queen's court musicians/composers, began to create a ballet for her enjoyment. It was named "Le Ballet comique de la Reine" and was performed by dancers, singers, and an orchestra and the piece lasted for over five hours! It is considered to be the first ballet ever written.
  • The french revival of ballet

    The french revival of ballet
    After a period of lack of interest in the art, Louis XIV rekindles the love of ballet in France by creating a dance school where dancers train to perform in his court.
  • the solidifacition of the tenqnique

    the solidifacition of the tenqnique
    in 1670,Pierre Beauchamps creates the 5 ballet positions that are still being used today!
  • Leaps and bounds!The costume revoulution

    Leaps and bounds!The costume revoulution
    The founding of the Russian Imperial Ballet followed the revolution of the art in 1708, when dancers started preforming ballets in public theaters. The first of these recitals were performed in elaborate floor length costumes that severely limited movement of the dancer. As ballet evolved and dancers were asked to preform larger movements costume designers were forced to make more versatile costumes in materials that were much less stiff. One of the first of these costumes was designed for…
  • Leaps and Bounds continued

    Leaps and Bounds continued
    ballet dancer, Marie Salle. It was a long, light weight flowing robe that was greatly inspired by the ancient Greeks. After this large change in the costumes of the dance, ballerina Marie Camargo, started to take the costume revaluation even farther by adapting her costumes so that the lines of her arch and ankles were visible and sporting tights that clung to her leg shape. Marie Camargo, is also accredited with the invention of the ballet slipper.
  • Ballet D'actions

    Ballet D'actions
    In the mid-17th century choreographer Jean-Georges Noverre wrote about his efforts to expand ballet into a form of art that used physical expression and bodies to tell a story. Unlike the earlier ballets which used masks to portray emotion, his style of choreograph y encouraged dancers to use only their faces and bodies to convey the story they were telling.
  • New Inventions

    New Inventions
    The invention of the pointe shoe was influenced greatly by the romantic time period. The en pointe position was created to give female ballerinas the appearance of an angelically floating across the stage. With the invention of the pointe shoe also came the creation of the prima ballerina.
  • The ballet capital of the world

    The ballet capital of the world
    In 1847 choreographer and dancer, Marius Petipa, joined the Russian Imperial Ballet of St. Petersburg. Being one of the most famous ballet dancers of his time Petipa brought the title of the ballet capital of the world to Russia. He also trained a large number of dancers to preform productions of famous ballets such as Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, and Swan Lake
  • Contemporary dance

    Contemporary dance
    In the early 20th century many dance critics started to question the trauma caused to balleninas bodies because fo prolonged pereods of dancing en pointe. Companies started to shift towards the new form of "barefoot ballet". To many, this was concidered the creation of contemporary dance.
  • male dancers

    male dancers
    In 1847 choreographer and dancer, Marius Petipa, joined the Russian Imperial Ballet of St. Petersburg. Being one of the most famous ballet dancers of his time Petipa brought the title of the ballet capital of the world to Russia. He also trained a large number of dancers to preform productions of famous ballets such as Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, and Swan Lake
  • The New York City Ballet

    The New York City Ballet
    In 1948 George Balanchine co-founded one of the most famous ballet company’s ever, the New York City Ballet.
  • Ballet as we know it

    Ballet as we know it
    Ballet has evolved over hundreds of years to become the graceful, wonderful art that it is today. Ballet has evolved to the point where it incorporates diversities in dancers that add to its beauty.
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