Early Ballet

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    Catherine de Medici

    Catherine de Medici was born on  April 13th 1519 in Florence. She  was a Italian noblewoman who was the queen of France from 1547 until 1559.
  • 1581

    The early years of Ballet

    The Ballet Comique de la Reine was the very first ballet performance in 1581. It was directed by Balthazar de Beaujoyeulx. The Ballet Comique de la Reine was commissioned by the queen as a part a wedding celebration for a friend.
  • The early years of ballet

    The early years of ballet in France consisted of social dances performed by dancers who were in character. The dancers also did these social dances with music, speech, verse, song, pageant, décor and costume.
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    Pierre Beauchamp

    Pierre Beauchamp was born on  October 30 1631 and die on  February 1705. Pierre was the  court for Louis XIV at age 12. Louis also became the  director of the Académie Royale de Danse in 1671. Pierre taught ballet to Louis XIV for well over 22 years.
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    Jean-Babtiste de Lully

    Jean-Babtiste de Lully was born on November 18 1632 and die on March  22 1687. Lully was an instrumentalist and dancer of France. Lully became the director of the of the Académie Royale de Musique. The Académie Royale de Musique was important because it is the royal opera, which performed in the Palais-Royal. between the years of 1673 and 1687.
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    King Louis

    Louis loved dance so much that he would frequently dance in court ballets during his early years as king. In Louis was an eager dancer who performed 80 roles in 40 major ballet performances. Therefore, Louis became a professional ballet dancer while being the king of France.
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    Marie de Camargo

    Marie de Camargo was born on April 15 1710 and die on April 28 1770.  Marie was  was a French dancer.  Marie was the very first female to perform several demanding leaps. This include the cabriole, pas battu, and entrechats All these steps and movements were previously been reserved for men. She started to wear shorts skirts and slipper instead of high heels while she dance ballet. She did this to allowed her to perform even more demanding footwork.
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    Jean George Noverre

    Jean George Noverre was born on  April 29 1727  and die on  October 19 1810. Jean was a French dancer and a balletmaster. He created 150 ballet dances. But none of the ballet dances that he created was pass down from generation to generation. The book that he wrote is called Lettres sur la danse. The book was first published in 1760 in  Lyon, France. Then years later the book was finally publish into English in 1782.