What is ballet?

  • (noun): A theatrical representation of a story performed to music by ballet dancers.
    Synonyms: concert dance
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Ballet is a type of performance dance that originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century and later developed into a concert dance form in France and Russia. It has since become a widespread, highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary. It has been globally influential and has defined the foundational techniques used in many other dance genres. Ballet may also refer to a ballet dance work, which consists of the choreography and music for a ballet production. A well-known example of this is The Nutcracker, a two-act ballet that was originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a music score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

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Alicia Markova
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... The Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre (the official title is the Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre (Russian ...
Daphnis And Chloe - Influences and Adaptations - Ballet
... Maurice Ravel wrote the 1912 ballet Daphnis et ChloƩ for Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, choreographed by Michel Fokine ... The music by Ravel was also used in the ballet of the same name by Frederick Ashton, first performed by the Sadler's Wells Ballet (now Royal Ballet) at Covent Garden on 5 April 1951 ... John Neumeier choreographed the ballet Daphnis and Chloe for his Frankfurt Ballet company ...
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... Don Quixote Don Quixote by the Cuban National Ballet Arms in Cecchetti's "Spanish fourth" position Pas de deux ...
Royal Ballet Of Cambodia - Etymology
... art, it is formally referred to as the Royal Ballet of Cambodia (and as Le ballet royal du Cambodge in French) by UNESCO, Cravath, Brandon, and others in the academic field although this term may also refer to ... "Khmer classical dance" is also used alongside "Royal Ballet of Cambodia" in the publications by UNESCO and mentioned authors ... Regardless, the romanticized affiliation of Royal Ballet of Cambodia with the apsaras and devatas of the ruins of Angkor still persists ...

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  • (noun): Music written for a ballet.

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