Ballet Dance History

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The word “Ballet” itself is French in origin, ballet is a classical dance form with flowing patterns to create expression through movement. It’s a form of art just like how artists express themselves through paintings, ballet dancers show passion through dancing. Over the years ballet has changed in every way. In the early 1400’s an Italian man named Domenico described theatrical dances called Balletto. Luxurious pageants of music and dance would be done, women and men both would attend these pageants. Men were fully garbed in wigs, blouses, jackets and bloomers. The women were ornate gowns of many layers comfortable to stand and perform in. The people would have hundreds people including hired performers and members of Duke’s court who’s …show more content…
Many ballet companies developed all throughout Europe. A French choreographer named Jean Georges Noverre criticized many professional dancers in his book Lettres sur la danse. He felt that the purpose of ballet was to express feelings. Noverre started telling many ballet dancers to stop wearing masks, bulky costumes and headdresses. He felt that a dancer’s body should be able to express emotion when performing. He would stress the importance of dramatic motivation. In time, what Noverre wanted became an accomplishment, by the early 1800s dramas and stories themes emerged. Italian choreographer named Filippo Taglioni created the first romantic ballet for his daughter and she then became the star of the Paris stage. Many other ballerinas became known too, for example ballerina from Austria named Fanny Elssler who danced La Gypsy and Italian Ballerina, Carlotta Grisi. It was George Balanchine a ballet choreographer who brought ballet to America and not a lot of people realized it. There was a small misunderstanding, people thought ballet came from Russia. To fix this misunderstanding a man named Kirstein published an essay called “Blast at Ballet”. Balanchine and Kirstein then formed the Ballet Society in the year 1946, it captured the attention of the director of New York City’s Centre who invited the Ballet Society to work in the Theatre it was the beginning of the New York City

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