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|Wednesday, 11 February 2009 17:21|
Ballet is not only dancing on the toes. Ballet is a very wonderful mixture of a number of arts: dancing, music, drama, poetry and painting. When these are combined and presented on stage, you have the art of ballet (Arnold Haskell - 1958)
The word "Ballet" is derived from the Italian word ballare which means "to dance".
Ballet dancing began at the Court of King Louis XIV (the fourteenth) of France. He was also called the Sun King. He was a keen dancer himself and introduced this new form of entertainment, called the ballet, to amuse his court. There were hardly any steps of elevation or clever footwork
and the dance movements were restricted because of the heavy materials the costumes were made of. The emphasis was on the graceful carriage of the head and arms and hands. The dancers danced with turned out feet and held their hands almost like we do today when we do ballet.
It was very difficult to dance wearing a heavy wig and in long skirts, sweeping the floor and high heel shoes.
In 1730, a lady called Marie Camargo got bored with those beautiful, but heavy skirts and shortened her skirt to show her ankles. People were shocked and it caused a scandal, but because she had lighter costumes, she was able to dance more freely. She was the first woman to do an entrechat, a brilliant step where you jump into the air, crossing your feet very quickly, scissor-wise, before landing again.
About a hundred years later (1830), dancing on the points was invented and in 1832, the famous Marie Taglioni danced in Les Sylphides wearing a Romantic tutu, which is a long white ballet skirt made from light material. The ballerinas were now able to dance freely, doing jumps and pirouettes.
Over the centuries, the art of ballet developed further and steps and movements became more challenging.
Ballet is a living art and people all over the world appreciate it and enjoy its lightness and grace.
Ballet fulfills the natural need to move to music and develops a sense of movement, rhythm & appreciation of music.
Ballet helps to co-ordinate mind and body and it improves posture and poise, body control and balance.
Ballet is a confidence builder, promotes self-discipline and it teaches discipline of body and emotions.
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