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What Is Ballet? Meaning About This Graceful Dance

WHAT IS BALLET – In this topic, we will now know and discuss things and stuff we need to know as we answer the question “What is ballet?.”

Image from: Grand Rapids Ballet


According to the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, it is an art from made by the movement of the human body. This dance is also theatrical as it is performed on a stage to an audience with the use of these vital things:

  • costumes
  • scenic design
  • lighting

It also tells a plot or stresses a certain thought, concept or emotion. There are two types:

  1. Story Ballets
    1. These basically tell a story and contains some elements that makes a story: narrative action, characters, beginning and end.
  2. Plotless Ballets
    • Basically these have no storyline or plot at all. They only use bod movement and theatrical elements in order to do the following:
      • interpret music
      • image creation
      • express or sparks emotion

Ballet also have 3 styles. Here are the following:

  • Classical Ballets
    • Characterized by graceful, flowing movements; classical form (turn-out of the legs and pointe work); balance and symmetry; ethereal quality; emphasis on story ballets and narrative; and elaborate sets and costumes
  • Neo-classical Ballets
    • Characterized by increased speed, energy and attack; manipulation of the classical form; asymmetry, an off-balance feel; non-narrative, often one-act ballets; and pared-down aesthetic with simple sets and costumes
  • Contemporary Ballets
    • Have influences of modern dance and is characterized by floor work; turn-in of the legs; greater range of movement and body line; and pointe shoes but also bare feet.

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