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    Ballet blanc translated literally means white ballet. This is a type of romantic ballet style that launched in the 19th century. The term means a scene, in which the ballerina and the female corps de ballet all wear white dresses. During ballet blanc everything on stage is soft, the atmosphere, the dancer’s costumes, lights, and the music. Two notorious examples of ballet blanc are Act II of La Sylphide and Giselle. In the ballet blanc Giselle, there were 25 ballerinas performing. The music is a classical opera. The ballerinas in this performance are very pale. The stage was very melancholy. They were all wearing long dresses made of tutu fabric. They all wore pointe shoes. Each performer had white flowers in their hair. They constantly formed parallel rows throughout the dance performance. One woman was the leader because she never followed what the rest of the dancers did. The dancers in the Giselle performance all had the same hairstyle, a low bun. Their hairstyle symbolizes neatness and perfection. They also all had the same hair color and costume. Their similarities in appearance shows that they have all been through the same thing; which in this case means they have been betrayed by their lover. The dancers were exceedingly…

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    Dance Reflective Essay

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    Learning information on the Limón release and suspension technique and Doris Humphrey’s fall and recovery technique, I was able to implement this into the modern dance course. I allowed my body to give into gravity, but also remembering the use of breath and musicality. I gained knowledge on the changes in history of ballet from the beginning to present day. Knowing ballerinas were required to wear corsets to keep their upper body straight inspired me to imagine I was wearing one during class to…

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    chosen to review the Alberta Ballet’s performance of Love Lies Bleeding for my dance production critique. Preceding the show I had relatively low expectations since I am not an Elton John fan and the show was set to his music and was inspired by his journey. Fortunately, my expectations were surpassed considerably. Love Lies Bleeding was a zestful, dynamic, and alluring theatrical experience unlike no other. This production was built on a strong foundation of classical ballet technique and…

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    Blog #1- The Budding Creation of Ballet AnnieH By AnnieH on Oct 6, 2015 Close your eyes and recall a ballet performance you have seen before. Are you left in awe at the beauty and majestic elegance of the dancer’s work? Many other people enjoy both watching and performing this classic style of dance. The art of ballet has been practiced over many centuries, changing slightly every so often, but still retaining its majestic and graceful beauty every time. Ballet originated in the 15th century.…

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    Ballet History

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    The PowerPoint eight sheds a light on my knowledge and understanding about ballet. I am totally astonished to learn in the “History of Ballet” video that King Louis XIV was the father of this kind of art form. That is probably why I always feel and view ballet as one of the most graceful and classy types of dance. Even though ballet is typical and unique with five basic steps or positions that were invented by King Louis XIV and still applied till today, it has a wide variety of aspects and has…

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    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…

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    Ballet and early modern dance vary in so many ways, yet have many similarities as well. It is commonly known that Ballet came before modern dance. Therefore, Ballet is somewhat of a basis for modern dance. Too many dancers, this makes perfect sense. Mainly because we can signify when we are using any kind of ballet technique when dancing, modern, to us it's obvious. Modern dance involves a lot of arm structure, spine alignment and a certain posture that is also required in Ballet. However,…

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    Everyone knows ballet has been around for many years, but not everyone knows that people rebelled against ballets structure. Ballet is a very strict type of dance unlike modern which is more free. The strictness of ballet is very different from modern because ballet watches your every move like a hawk. It needs to be straight and persis, but in modern, there is no strictness to it. The moves come naturally to you and they can be whatever you want them to be. Most of them are just made up off…

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    their physical appearance should look like. Researchers have found that among ballet dancers, it is common to have an eating disorder. Dancers want to be thin and have a ballet dancer body, and not everybody is born the same way to have that lean body type. Therefore, girls start bad habits, such as throwing up and not eating, just so they can have that ballet body type. Gelsey Kirkland, a ballet dancer, explains, “I starved by day, then binged on junk food and threw up by night; I took…

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    From the age of three, I loved ballet more than any of the other styles of dance or other extracurricular activities. I remember being backstage for dance recitals and looking up at the “big girls” with their beautiful pointe shoes. They would stand all the way on the tips of their toes and twirl around so easily. For years I would watch, mesmerized, dreaming of being a real ballerina and wearing my own pointe shoes. As my technique improved, my love of ballet grew. I looked at pictures and…

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