King Louis XIV: French Ballet

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The great warrior King Louis XIV brought to life the French tradition of court ballet. His love for dance performances was one of the ways a person was able to win him over. King Louis XIV built the palace of Versailles so he had a place to hold ballets. If he invited you to this lavish palace, you were required to dance and dance well. If you were not exceptional at dancing you didn't matter to him. King Louis XIV was given the nickname "The Sun King" from his role as Apollo in Ballet de la Nuit. It wasn't until he retired from dancing that his most important contribution was made. This is when he established a training facility to professionalize ballet, called Academie Royale de la Danse.

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