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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Why is Ballet Like It Is?

Throwback Thursday:  Why is Ballet Like It Is?

Why is ballet training done the way it is?  Why is there so much repetition on the same steps?  I wanted to know the answer myself when I was a student.
Basically the answer is this:  because it works!  The classical ballet system has been in place since Louis XIV established the Academie Royale de Musique which became Academie Royale de Danse.  This was in the 1660s, and it ultimately became The Paris Opera Ballet.  Over the centuries the system of balletic training has been tweaked, (and is still being tweaked), into the tremendously effective training method we have today.
Prior to King Louis XIV, ballet was done in the courts of royalty, and although that beginning provided the roots of what we know today, it bore only little resemblance to what we now think of as ballet.   

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Dance History Factoid #6:
“Ballet training evolved over centuries to become what it is today.”

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