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The Origin Of Ballet

What is the origin of this historical art form?

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Ballet began as an elaborate aristocratic entertainment in Italy and France, where it was performed by noble amateurs (predominantly men) in the halls of grand estates and palaces.

Combining dance, music and song, the earliest ballets were enactments of events from mythology with gods and heroes, and featuring wildly fantastical costumes and masks.


• Slight - small in degree; inconsiderable.

• Gesture - a movement of part of the body, especially a hand or the head, to express an idea or meaning.

• Rules - one of a set of explicit or understood regulations or principles governing conduct or procedure within a particular area of activity.

• Commonplace - a usual or ordinary thing.

• Display - put (something) in a prominent place in order that it may readily be seen.

• Gathering - an assembly or meeting, especially one held for a specific purpose.

• Aspects - a particular part or feature of something.

• Behaviour - the way in which one acts or conducts oneself, especially towards others.

• To bow - bend forward in respect.

• Step - each of the sequences of movement of the feet which make up a dance.

• Attire - clothes, especially fine or formal ones.

•Grasp - complete comprehension.

• Make or break - be the factor which decides whether (something) will succeed or fail.

• To shift - change the emphasis, direction, or focus of.

• Raise - lift or move to a higher position or level.

• Stage - (contextual) a raised floor or platform, typically in a theatre, on which actors, entertainers, or speakers perform.

• Wings - (contextual) Areas of a stage that are hidden from public view.

• Refined - elegant and cultured in appearance, manner, or taste.

• Guild - an association of people for mutual aid or the pursuit of a common goal.

• Folklore - a body of popular myths or beliefs relating to a particular place, activity, or group of people.

• Feats - an achievement that requires great courage, skill, or strength.

• Lavish - sumptuously rich, elaborate, or luxurious.

• Trappings - the outward signs, features, or objects associated with a particular situation, role, or job.

• Sets - The enclosure in which a film scene is shot.

Source: TedEd, Australian ballet

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