Lecture - Some Ballet History

Lecture - Some Ballet History - Introduction to Dance...

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Introduction to Dance Lecture – Some Ballet History DNC101 Online Course
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Some history about…
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Ballet is a specific dance form and technique which is taught in ballet schools according to specific methods. Dance works choreographed using this technique are called ballets, and usually include dance, mime, acting and music (usually orchestral) .
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Ballet is best known for its unique features and techniques, such as pointe work, turn-out of the legs, and high extensions. It’s also known for graceful, flowing, precise movements; and its ethereal qualities.
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Going back to the beginning!
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Court Dance The court spectacles were very ornate but still had a sense of the amateur because they were performed by nobles, rather than professionals. The steps in these ballets differed very little from those of the ballroom dances of the era – the theatrical forms were simply more polished and studied.
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Catherine de Medici ~ Ballet Comique de la Reine ~ Le Ballet des Polonais These works, as well as others, were inspired by the theories circulated by the Academie de Musique et de la Poesie founded in 1570, it strived to revive the poetry, music and dance of the ancient world. ** Important because they envisioned theatre as a composite art form uniting the separated disciplines of poetry, music, dance and stage design.
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Ballet Barre As the Renaissance proceeded, the steps for performance and ballroom/court dance became increasingly intricate. To aid in the learning of these complex steps, dancing masters would have their pupils practice them by hanging on to the backs of chairs or a tightly stretched rope for support. This structure is now called
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This note was uploaded on 11/04/2010 for the course DNC 101 taught by Professor Kathy during the Spring '10 term at Eastern New Mexico.

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