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The History of Ballet

The History of Ballet

There is one big clue to the history of ballet – its language! All ballet terms are French – with good reason, because ballet really started at the courts of Louis XIV.

There had been ballets in Europe since the 1400’s. But if a modern ballet fan could see one of these shows, they’d scarcely call it ballet – the dancers didn’t do much more than march and bow. However, our 21st-century audience would recognize some of the steps.

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