The History of Ballet Essay

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Ballet

Many young girls grow up taking ballet class, but there is a lot more to ballet than just little girls running around in tutus. Many people think that ballet is boring or isn’t their thing but there are many roles that go into putting on a ballet. A lot of work goes into doing a ballet. There are many famous ballets that without the story, the ballet wouldn’t be as interesting. There were many influential dancers and choreographers in ballet. There are many basic steps that frame the technique of ballet. Ballet is very physically and mentally demanding. Ballet is an art that many people misunderstand, but there is so much more to ballet. Ballet first originated in Italy in the 1400’s, its purpose was to impress the
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For example a beginner on pointe’s pointe shoes could probably last a whole year. But a professional ballerina goes through one hundred to one hundred and twenty pairs of pointe shoes in a season. Each pair of pointe shoes can cost about eighty dollars. To be able to do pointe you need to have strong ankles. Anna Pavlova is one of the most famous ballerinas and choreographers of all time. All throughout her childhood she had wanted to be a ballerina. When she was eight years old, her mother took her to see The Sleeping Beauty at the Imperial Maryinsky Theater. At this point she had decided that she was going to be a ballerina when she was older. Two years later she was accepted to the Imperial Ballet School. In 1899 she joined the Imperial Ballet, and skipped dancing in the corps de ballet. Seven years later she was promoted to prima ballerina. In 1905 she made her big break as the dying swan. She was the first to tour ballet around the world. The dying swan was her signature role, this role made her famous. In 1911 she made her own ballet company. Another famous dancer and choreographer is Mikhail Baryshnikov. He began studying ballet at the age of nine. He left the Soviet Union to dance for many different countries around the world, such as New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theater, and eventually became a principal dancer at Kirov Ballet. He later opened Baryshnikov Arts Center. He co-founded the White Oak dance project and was a

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