Feb 10 2008
Currently we have three forms of ballet dance: classical ballet, neoclassical ballet and contemporary ballet. They vary in style and technique but they all have the same origin of a pantomime dance with masks that started somewhere in the 15th century in Italy.
Therefore, due to development in dance, all these three types of ballet put major emphasis on the method and execution of movement. In all fairness, although various training methods have been devised the core core technique of ballet did not change much. It has only minor regional variations. But each type of ballet produce a different physicality of performance and aesthetic results.
I thought, it would be interesting to explore how it all started and through what changes the ballet had to go through in order to achieve the heights. This is why, the history of ballet always attracted me. Sometimes people forget that behind virtuoso ballet positions and moves there were these extraordinary people who dedicated all their lives to get to the top and become the great masters as we know them.
There is a little doubt that even fans of the modern and pop dance owe something to these male ballet dancers and ballerinas of the past, although they don’t realize that. This is probably one of the main reasons that I decided to start this blog and tell the stories about famous dancers and unfairly forgotten lords and ladies of the dance who attracted crowds before the movies era.
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