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History of

Ballet

Since the existence of human beings, dance has always been present. One can see the drawings of prehistorical dancing figures evident in the cave drawings. Dancing has been used in a wide array – as an expression of joy, sorrow, fear, or part of prayers, ceremonies or to mark important events in life.

The ballet dance which we know now actually finds its roots in the 15th century, in Italy. During that time period, all nobles at the court were expected to learn dance and know how to move with elegance.

However, it was only in the late 16th century that dance became a real love and passion to the court of France, due to the marriage of Catherine from Medicis who was Italian, to Henri II, King of France.

In the 17th Century, Louis XIV, known as Louis the Great or the Sun King of France, had a huge passion for dance and had great adoration for staging himself in brilliant performances. He became the creator of the “Académie Royale de Danse”, in 1661 – the first-ever Dance academy which went on to become what we know today as the world-renown Paris Opera!  It was in this dance academy where its students received ballet education and were taught the ballet technique and go on to become professional dancers.

History of Ballet
History of Ballet

The ballet, as we know it today, is still based on the techniques and steps created and perfected during the 17th century. Hence, all the Ballet steps worldwide are always taught and said in French!

The pointe shoes made its appearance towards the end of the 19th century. It was the era of the romantic ballet where the ballerina would appear elegantly on stage with white long tutus, creating a very mysterious and ethereal atmosphere. The tutu has shortened since then to accommodate for more intricate footwork.

Since then, the interest for ballet worldwide has never stopped growing, and it is beautiful to observe so much passion and dedication among youngsters for this beautiful and demanding art. At L’Académie De Danse we are proud to carry on this beautiful French tradition and pass it on to our students!