What is the Ballet?

The ballet has its origin in Renaissance Italy (15th century), and from there it takes its name (ballo, balletto) which means dance. It arose from among the court dances for amusement, and little by little it became a canonical dance that sought perfection and harmony of movement. It is therefore based on a meticulous control of the body and, unlike other dances, its positions and steps are all encoded. This is not to say that there is no variety within classical dance. In fact, throughout its history, various schools have emerged around the world. The first was in France, hence its terminology is mostly French (en dehors, en dedans, ecarté, fouetté, pirouette, etc.), but we can also find Russian, Danish, Cuban ... characterized by giving predominance to some factors or others of the movement within the default of this dance, and while one attends to a quick footwork, others smooth the transitions and links. In any case, ballet is currently a highly recognized international dance, whose beauty and perfection demand a lot from the dancer.

It is often associated with pieces specially composed to be performed in classical dance, these compositions are also called ballets. Great compositions such as Swan Lake, The Nutcracker or Don Quixote are known. There is also a strong link between ballet and certain types of theater, such as ballet-comedies or ballet-operas.

In his classes, he usually works first with the help of the bar, for a correct positioning and use of the center, and for the muscular and motor empowerment of the legs in their five basic positions, as well as their coordination with the arms (all through pliés , tendues, jetés ...). We then move on to a work in the center and in diagonals, where variations and displacement steps are worked, such as deboules, piqués ...

Why teach ballet in a modern dance school? Its expansion and antiquity make us rely on its technique and its terminology very often, and in one way or another modern dances are closely related (Jazz Dance) or are enriched by it. The psychomotor control and physical ability that are acquired by studying ballet are an almost irreplaceable tool for any dancer, whether more technical or more urban.