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Ballet

History

Ballet is one of the oldest forms of classical dance. It was developed in the 16th century. The first ballet was produced in the court of King Henry III of France. Once King Louis XIV took reign, it really took off. The king himself even took lessons! 

Since then, ballet has evolved greatly over the time, with several different techniques/methods developed, and the split between Classical and Contemporary Ballet.

Ballet Techniques/Styles/Methods include:

Russian-Vagonova

Italian-Cecchetti

French

English - Royal Academy of Dance

American - Balanchine

Common Rankings in Ballet Companies:

Principal Dancer (highest level)

Soloist

Demi-Soloist

Corps de Ballet (group dancers)

Apprentice (lowest level)

Pas de deux: dance of two or duet

Pas de trois: dance of three or trio

Pas de quatre: dance of four or small group

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Notable Choreographers, Performers, Companies

-New York City Ballet (NYCB) ​- Company - https://www.nycballet.com/Discover/Video.aspx#/featured

-American Ballet Theatre (ABT) - Company

https://www.abt.org/explore/learn/

-Misty Copeland - First African American Female Principal Dancer - https://mistycopeland.com/

-George Balanchine - Co-founder of NYCB & American choreographer

https://www.nycballet.com/Explore/Our-History/George-Balanchine.aspx

-Jerome Robbins - Choreographer in both ballet AND Broadway - http://jeromerobbins.org/

Colorado Scene

Colorado Ballet Company ​- Denver, CO

https://www.coloradoballet.org/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIzcG_yvip6AIVjf7jBx2TkQumEAAYASAAEgIy6vD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Company -Aspen, CO

http://www.aspensantafeballet.com/

Zikr Dance Ensemble - David Taylor's Company - Denver, CO

http://www.zikrdance.com/

Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet- Boulder, CO

https://lemonspongecake.org/ 

Youtube Links

Sleeping Beauty - Fairies Variation - by Paris Opera Ballet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvC4MRTVJeU

Cupid Variation from Don Quixote 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oN0A9RRmYo

Swan Lake Pas de Quatre - by The Royal Ballet 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GsajWIF3ws

Flames of Paris Male Variation  danced by Ivan Vasiliev

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIb3RnBlGZs

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