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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Throwback Thursday Factoids Debuts

Throwback Thursday Factoids

Throwback Thursday seems like a good way to add some fascinating dance history to this blog. Yes, “fascinating” and “history” are not contradictory terms!

The most common dance history question is usually:  “Where did ballet come from?”  It is not a simple answer, but ballet as we think of it today is usually traced back to France in the 1600s, and the royal court of King Louis XIV.  Entire books have been written on the colorful and fascinating King Louis, for whom life and art were one.  He was often called “The Sun King” because of his performance as Apollo.  He danced in many court ballets over a period of about eighteen years.  In 1661 Louis XIV founded the Academie Royal de Danse, essentially the first school of ballet, thus beginning the evolution toward today’s world of classical ballet.   

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Dance History Factoid #1:

“In the 1600s in France, King Louis XIV fostered the development of today’s classical ballet.”


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