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Transcript of Ballet

The tutu is one of the most worn pieces of ballerinas'. Two type of tutu include:

Romantic tutu - flowing, more feminine, longer to the knees

Classical tutu - shorter, stiffer than romantic tutu, is used to show off dancers legs and difficulty of her foot work

Pointe shoes - used for moves such as en pointe (standing on toes). Made of layers of fabric, cardboard and/or paper hardened by glue
used to complement the dance, and almost holds as much value as the dancing itself
up until the late 1900's ballet music was secondary to the dancing. Music was simply suppose to be danceable.'
Interesting Facts/Statistics
History - 15th century
Ballet - a classical dance form characterized by grace and precision of movement and by elaborate formal gestures, steps and poses
by Shian C-W.

16th century
in 16th century, Catherine de Medici, an Italian noblewomen, wife to King Henry II of France began to fund ballet in French court
her festivities were renowned for its grandiose which promoted
ballet de cour
(court ballet), a program that included dance, decor, costume, song, music, and poetry
King Louis XIV's love for ballet helped popularize and standardize ballet, playing roles such as the Sun King in
Ballet de la nuit
he encouraged ballet from a past time of amateurs to a dance of precision and professionalism
in the late 1600's ballet was often used to accompany an opera when in 1681 ballet moved from the courts to the stage
Neo classical ballet
- choreographers such as George Balanchine introduced this style in the late 20th century
increase speed, energy and attack
manipulation of the classical form
asymmetry; an off-balance feel
non-narrative; often one act ballets
paired down aesthetics
simple sets and costumes
the amount of energy needed to perform a professional ballet is about the same as playing two full football matches or running 18 miles
male ballerinas can lift up to 1 - 1/2 tonnes of ballerina per performance
professional ballet dancers get hurt just as often and suffer just as serious injuries as athletes in contact sports. Over an eight month period, ballet dancers have a 61 percent injury rate
one in five female ballerinas are said to have eating disorders. The pressure to be thin in ballet is not only limited to improving their appearance but also is said to improve their performance
originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century
this dance was a part of an elaborate spectacle
music and dancing were introduced for lavish events such as weddings and balls.
King Louis in Ballet de la nuit
17th century
mid 1700's French ballet master Jean Georges Noverre believed ballet could stand on it own as an art form
it should contain expressive, dramatic movement and that movement should reveal the relationship between characters
this was called narrative ballet and it set the standard for many modern day ballets
19th century
popularity of ballet began to rise in Russia during the late 1900's as Russian choreographers and composers took classical ballet to new depths
Some popular narrative ballets include:
- Giselle
- La Sylphide
- The Sleeping Beauty
- The Nutcracker
- Swan Lake
The Nutcracker
Swan Lake
Classical ballet
- the style most people envision ballet as being

Includes the following elements:
graceful, flowing movements
turn-out of the legs and pointe work
balance and symmetry
emphasis on story and narrative
elaborate sets and costumes
The Nutcracker
Neo classical ballet
Contemporary ballet
- influenced by modern day dance
You may see:
floor work
turn-in of the legs
greater range of movement and body line
pointe shoes but also bare feet
Modern day ballerinas often wear tight clothing (spaghetti strapped shirt, tights). This allows the movement and precision of the body to be seen, especially because of the gracefulness that is associated with ballet. Costumes are also worn in relation to the play/dance being performed.
Helps us Everyday
ballet can help to develop a better posture because it is largely about being able to execute moves gracefully and smoothly. You are more aware of how you hold yourself
improves your flexibility and gives you muscles a good work out even ones you would not use everyday!
improves your confidence and makes you more aware/comfortable in your own skin
ballet can be good for your mental and emotional health. Your able to interpret the moves in your own unique way and express yourself
it can be a stress reliever. Allows you to focus on what your doing and release tension from the muscles
Fitness and Health related components
Ballet is both physically and mentally challenging and it hits many of the health and fitness related components. One is
cardio-respiratory fitness
. Having good endurance is crucial to this dance. Ballerinas are expected to perform for long periods of time. Many moves are often repeated and are in quick succession to one another with all being perfectly executed.
is another large component of ballet. Many moves have to do with being able to lift and extend your legs to beyond normal range. This is something ballerinas work on their whole dance careers and are expected to master.
is a huge part of ballet. A large number of moves require you to stand on your toes. Ballet is a great deal about looking graceful, and with this being able to balance is key.
is a component of ballet. It has many turns, twirls, and jumps. If a ballerina was not coordinated and able to carry out a move quickly with balance, it defeats the purpose of ballet. Moves such as pirouettes take a great amount of agility to perform.
Ballet is a great way to gain
muscular strength
because it is a physically demanding activity. Ballerinas' work long to be able to perform moves accurately. Some moves require you to raise your leg for an amount of time without faltering. Actions such as
en pointe
entails for you to hold your body weight on your toes and leg.
To participate in ballet

Ballet classes can be taken taken at IV Dance Academy in Brampton. They teach ballet a professional level. The cost to join is $368.00 a year with classes being 45 minutes once a week.
Works Cited
"A Brief History of Ballet." Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. Web. 8 Jan. 2015.

CoachUp."Eating Disorders Among Ballet Dancers." CoachUp. 11 Sept. 2014. Web 8 Jan. 2015.

Schwarz, Joel. "Ballet Dancer Injuries as Common as Athletic Injuries." UW Today. University of Washington, 11 Oct 2000. Web. 8 Jan. 2015

"The Top 7 "Less Known" Benefits of Ballet." DanceLova: The Dance Academy's Official Site. 12 Aug. 2012. Web. 8 Jan. 2015.

"Types and Styles of Ballet." Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. Web. 8 Jan. 2015.
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