Ballet is a Classical type of dance characterized by the grace of movement. It is considered the foundation of all other forms of dance. Its meticulous attention to technical detail makes it invaluable for any serious dancer.
Ballet is a formalized kind of performance dance, which originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century, and which was further developed in France, Russia, and Britain as a concert dance form. Ballet has since become a highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary. It is primarily performed with the accompaniment of classical music and has been influential as a form of dance globally. Ballet is known to be choreographed and performed by trained artists. It can include mime and acting, and are set to music (usually orchestral but occasionally vocal). It is a poised style of dance that incorporates the foundational techniques for many other dance forms. This genre of dance is very hard to master and requires much practice. Ballet is best known in the form of Late Romantic Ballet or Ballet Blanc, which preoccupies itself with the female dancer to the exclusion of almost all else, focusing on pointe work, flowing, precise acrobatic movements, and often presenting the dancers in the conventional short white French tutu.
Ballet technique can refer to the foundational principles and steps on which ballet steps are built. These foundational principles and steps include “pulling up” (a popular term used in Ballet used to describe proper posture and lifting the muscles to increase turnout, quantity and quality of turns, and proper alignment), posture, pointing the toe, and flexibility. In general, referring to the execution of dance, a ballet dancer with good technique requires good placement, and turnout. Where alignment refers to the dancer’s ability to keep the head, shoulders, and hips aligned vertically, turnout refers to the dancer’s ability to complete movements with the legs rotated outward. This can be in areas such as clean footwork, graceful port de bras, and overall correct positions and lines/angles.
Ballet technique is traditionally very strict because perfection in key principles and steps is considered its foundation. Finally, Ballet is encouraged strongly at a young age to build good habits and protect the dancer’s muscles, limbs, bones, and health.

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