Les Connaisseurs de la Danse
Some useful tips:

  • While performing, your body must be stretched to a maximum in order to achieve the highest result possible and sometimes even... impossible. This especially relates to leaps, jumps, rotations and pirouettes.

  • Proper plie is extremely important in every take off and landing to execute an accurate jump. Not using enough plie or incorrect position can cause injury.

  • A hard-working dancer will achieve better results than a gifted one who does not put all the efforts into the training.

  • If you can emotionally engage the audience in your performance - you are a king / queen of the stage.

To achieve perfect pirouettes you must:

1. perform  a perfectly balanced releve on high demi-points,
2. align your body axis firmly perpendicular to the floor,
3. pull up at each rotation of your pirouette,
4. be able to coordinate all parts of your body to accelerate/reduce the speed of rotations.

Pointe technique basics:

  • Your muscles and foot structure must be ready before you put the pointe shoes on.
  • You must feel a stable line/axis from the tip of your toe to your head with a very strong back.

Brief history of Ballet

Ballet  origins from the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th and 16th centuries. It quickly spread to the French court of Catherine de' Medici where it was developed further. In the 17th century at the time of Louis XIV, ballet was codified. The predominance of French in the vocabulary of ballet reflects this history. It also became a form closely associated with the opera. Ballet then spread from the heart of Europe to other nations.

The  Imperial Ballet of the Russian Empire and the Royal Danish Ballet were founded in the 1740s and began to flourish, especially after about 1850. In 1907 the Russian ballet in turn moved back to France, where the Ballets Russes of Sergei Diaghilev and its successors were particularly influential.
Soon ballet spread around the world with the formation of new companies, including London's The Royal Ballet (1931), the San Francisco Ballet (1933), American Ballet Theatre (1937), The Australian Ballet (1940), the New York City Ballet (1948), the National Ballet of Canada (1951), and the Delhi Ballet (2002).

In the 20th century styles of ballet continued to develop and strongly influence broader concert dance, for example, in the United States choreographer George Balanchine developed what is now known as neoclassical ballet, subsequent developments have included contemporary ballet and post-structural ballet, for example seen in the work of William Forsythe in Germany.

The etymology of the word "ballet" reflects its history. The word ballet comes from French and was borrowed into English around the 17th century. The French word in turn has its origins in Italian balletto, a diminutive of ballo (dance). Ballet ultimately traces back to Latin ballare, meaning "to dance".