The word “ballet” was derived from the Italian word “ballare” for “to dance”. Technically, ballet can be defined as, “choreographically organized combination of dances”. Ballet is the creation of stylized performances by combining academic dance techniques with various artistic elements such as music, decor and costume. Ballet can either be dramatic (narrative) or purely aesthetic.
The birthplace of classical ballet is Italian Renaissance’s courts. Aristocrats, who threw banquets, organized dramatic dance shows that were generally about mythological themes during the amusements before and after meals. Renaissance court ballet, performed with magnificent scenery and fascinating costumes, laid the foundations of classical ballet as we know it today.
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