Ballet is a French term that originates from an Italian name Balletto and comes from a
Latin word, ballo, meaning “to dance.” In Greek, ballet is known as ballizo, meaning “to dance”
or “to jump about.” The real origin of this dance is in the courts of the Italian Renaissance (Sim
6). Under the leadership of Queen Catherine de’ Medici’s, ballet spread widely across France,
where it gained its popularity and expanded even more. At the period of ballet introduction to the
courts, the dancers were mainly noble amateurs. The costumes that they wore were ornamented
for the viewer’s impression. Ornaments on the costumes made the costumes heavy, restricting
movement required for the dance. The ballets used to be performed in huge chambers. From
1918, there was the implementation of the proscenium arch meant for distancing the performers
from the viewers. This strategy provided a better view of the dancers. French court ballet became
even more popular under King Louis XIV in 1661 when he established the Academie Royale de
Danse (Royal Dance Academy). By 1830, ballet’s popularity began to diminish in France but
gained fame in Russia, Italy, Denmark. Sergei Diaghilev of Ballet Russes later revived ballet
importance and triggered the start of the modern era. During this period, ballet dance was
modernized and from classical ballet, it led to the introduction of contemporary dance (Wong
10). The division of ballet led to modernist movements in some nations. Thus, ballet dance
comes in various dancing styles, as well as various approaches that are used to teach and learn it.
In this context, therefore, the discussion below elucidates more on ballet dance that has been
developed and the globally recognized approaches to learn or teach the dance.
Over time, stylistic ballet variations and subgenres have advanced. Earlier on, classical
differences were predominantly associated with geographic origin. For example, Italian ballet,
French ballet, and Russian ballet are all based on their geographical origins. There was also
neoclassical ballet and contemporary ballet which included both non-traditional and classical
ballet movements and techniques. Today, the most renowned and performed balle...
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