Ballet and Opera

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The name Ballet comes from France and refers to the Italian word Balletto, a diminutive of Ballo meaning “dance”. It is a formalized form of dance with its origins in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th and 16th centuries. It quickly spread to the French court of Catherine de' Medici where it was developed even further. In the late 17th Ballet developed as high art during the reign of Louis XIV, who was totally found of dancing and even gave representations in French Court. Beauchamp, who was the personal teacher of the King, codified the five basic positions of classical dance which are used every day by every dancer. In 1669, Louis XIV, retired as a dancer, founded the Académie d’Opéra with Pierre Perrin as director. As French Court was really popular in Europe, other courts imitated the French Ballet and Ballet spread around Europe and then around the world. Then, Ballet spread around the world and many companies were created in the 20th century: for instance, The Royal Ballet Company had was created in 1931 and The New York City Ballet in 1948. Besides, the predominance of French in the vocabulary of ballet reflects this history. Nowadays, for example, in all courses all around the world the French vocabulary is employed: it is always funny to hear Chinese dancers speaking about “grands jetés” or “pas de bourret”.

It is true that becoming a ballet dancer requires some physical aptitudes. Actually, dance movements require suppleness. Every dancer does the splits but everybody is able to do it with training. However, dance movements require a specific suppleness of back and feet and in general a specific suppleness of articulations. Unfortunately, there is nothing to do if one’s articulations are not supple… But, it is unusual. Most of the times, we are not very supple when we begin classical dance, but with training, we do the splits really…...

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