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The Evolution of Dance
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  • 1. The Evolution of Ballet Evelyn Campos
  • 2. What exactly is ballet? <ul><li>Ballet is defined as </li></ul><ul><li>“ formalized steps and gestures set in intricate, flowing patterns to create expression through movement.” </li></ul><ul><li>Ballet is both, strength and technique. </li></ul><ul><li>Ballet is the form of expressing emotion through movement, Bringing art to life. </li></ul>
  • 3. History <ul><li>The art form of dance first started in Ancient Greece, around 5000 B.C. </li></ul><ul><li>Back then the Greek’s only danced to influence sprits that controlled birth, sickness, death, wars and violent acts of nature. </li></ul><ul><li>Prior to this, dance was simple rituals, part of the medieval court, entertainment for royalty and pageants. </li></ul><ul><li>Quick Fact: Both the Italians and French always fought about who had developed ballet first, they never seemed to agree. </li></ul><ul><li>Ballet originated around the 16th century. </li></ul><ul><li>First it was developed in Italy and shortly later in France. </li></ul>
  • 4. <ul><li>In 1581, the first authentic ballet was performed. Titled, Le ballet comique de la reine . </li></ul>
  • 5. Explosion <ul><li>Ballet was no longer just ballet, but became romantic ballet, modern ballet, and post-romantic ballet, to what we call now classical ballet. </li></ul><ul><li>Ballet blossomed through the European countries, from Italy to England and to Russia. </li></ul><ul><li>In the late 1600’s ballet became an actual profession. </li></ul><ul><li>As years passed, choreographers received more credit for bringing art into life. </li></ul><ul><li>As even more years passed ballerinas became admired for their strength and beauty, and additional forms of dance developed. </li></ul>
  • 6. Home in the U.S. <ul><li>When ballet finally made its way to the United States, in the mid 1700’s, it had become a form of communication. </li></ul><ul><li>Starting off in the American colonies, ballet later spread to the major cities in the U.S. </li></ul><ul><li>In the early 1990’s ballet finally made its debut in the New York City Ballet </li></ul><ul><li>Since then, hundreds of ballets have been performed, and more people have become aware of this dance form. </li></ul><ul><li>Ballet has had such an impact in the U.S. that it is now a part of college educations and has hundreds of professional dancers, there are also many dance institutions available for these professionals; which back when ballet first started, none had existed. </li></ul>Ballet will endure, and continue to develop in its universal appeal. The possibilities for ballet are endless; this art form still has many years to evolve into much more.
  • 7. References <ul><li> (2009). Ballet & Ballerina. Retrieved February 4 th , 2009, </li></ul><ul><li>from </li></ul><ul><li>Lee, C. (2002). Ballet in western culture: A history of its origins and </li></ul><ul><li>evolution. New York, New York: Routledge. </li></ul><ul><li>Tsiounis, Y. (1997). Dancing online: History of ballet . Retrieved February 8, </li></ul><ul><li>2009, from </li></ul><ul><li>Wainwright, S., Williams, C., & Turner, B. (2006). Varieties of habitus </li></ul><ul><li>and the embodiment of ballet. Qualitative Research , 6 (4), 535- </li></ul><ul><li>558. Retrieved February 10, 2009, from </li></ul><ul><li>/cgi/reprint/6/4/535 </li></ul><ul><li>Wulff, H. (1998). Ballet across border: Career and culture in a world of </li></ul><ul><li>dancers. Oxford, New York: Berg Publishers. Retrieved February 1, </li></ul><ul><li>2009, from ebrary database. </li></ul>