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WHAT IS BALLET?

BALLET /’BALEꞮ,-LI/ NOUN

Ballet can be defined as ‘a type of dancing where carefully organized movements tell a story or express an idea, or a theater work that uses this type of dancing’ (Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary).
But at The Les Danseuses Academy of ballet is not just about dancing, ideas and stories – it’s a way of life.
Beyond preparation for theatrical performance, our training gives students discipline and focus, it strengthens their minds and bodies and shapes their aspirations. It also gives them lifelong friendships.

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WHERE DID BALLET ORIGINATE?

Ballet developed during the European Renaissance (c 1400-1600), most notably in France, first at the court of Catherine de Medici (1519-89), and later at that of Louis XIV (1638-1715).
King Louis was an accomplished dancer; he famously portrayed the role of the sun-god Apollo in extravagant court ballets, becoming known as ‘The Sun King’. In 1661 he founded the world’s earliest ballet academy, where ballet technique was first codified. This is why ballet terms and expressions are in French to this day.
During the 18th century ballet was transformed from the formal (and formulaic) court ballets of the Renaissance into a more fluid and expressive theatrical art form, known as ballet d’action.
Since then ballet has developed and diversified: modern ballet encompasses a wide range of abstract and narrative forms, and many traditional, contemporary and fusion styles.

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WHAT AGE DO PROFESSIONAL BALLET DANCERS START THEIR TRAINING?

Some professional ballet dancers started their training as young as two years old, and others didn’t start until they were 15 or 16 years old. To be a successful dancer takes talent, energy, commitment, focus and above all passion, whatever your age.

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WHY DO BALLERINAS DANCE ON
POINTE?

Some professional ballet dancers started their training as young as two years old, and others didn’t start until they were 15 or 16 years old. To be a successful dancer takes talent, energy, commitment, focus and above all passion, whatever your age.