Ballet From the 1500’s to Now!

Ballet, a classical dance, is a well-loved form of dance that has withstood the test of time and encapsulates graces, flow, and movement! Ballet originated in the 15th Century in Italy when it was first introduced in 1459 at a royal wedding. Italian Ballet is a popular form of ballet that uses two training systems: the Cecchetti Method and another method used by the Scala Theatre Ballet School.

Many forms of ballet are associated with where they originated. French ballet developed when it was spread to France because it was introduced to King Henry II of France by his wife Catherine de Medici of Italy. About 100 years later, another French King, King Louis XIV was interested in ballet and learned the dance style himself! In the mid-1600’s, a dance academy was established in Paris, called the Paris Opera Ballet. French Ballet does not feature on specific method and many French ballet dancers and groups train at the Paris Opera Ballet School.

One unique dancer in the 1700’s, Marie-Anne Cupis De Camargo, a Belgian dancer, dared to shorten her ballet dress so that her footwork could be revealed. In the 19th century, classical ballet developed during the Romantic Movement and the original tutu was created, which included a long skirt. Russian Ballet developed and became popular towards the end of the 19th century. In Russia, a Frenchmen, Marius Petipa, developed more than 60 ballets that we still love today such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Sleeping Beauty? Russian ballet style uses a Vaganova method. One style of Russian ballet is called Imperial Ballet, which is a very unique style of ballet. In the theater, men remain standing until the tsar stands!

As Russian, George Balachine introduced ballet. Balachine founded the School of American Ballet in NYC in 1934. American ballet takes on many forms and is quite popular today! Ballet continues to be a classical and yet also popular form of dance in the 21st century. If you are interested in becoming a ballet dancer or learning more about ballet, be sure to visit our dance blog, and view our available dance classes at!

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