How did ballet start?

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November 12, 2009 10:46AM

The first type of ballet started during the Renaissance time, in Italy, around the 1400's as court ballet. The French adopted ballet and made further development in the late 1400's. French ballet had minimum plot because of rich costumes, scenery, and elaborate effects. Court ballets reached their ending point in 1643-1715 because of King Louis XIV staring in his ballet as the Sun King. In 1661 King Louis XIV established a professional dance registration for what he called "Dancing Masters". That was the start of pro- dancers. The first female dancers started in 1681. They wore hoop skirts, headdress, and tons of make-up. Men wore a knee length hoopskirt, or called a tonnlet. Romantic ballet started in Paris in 1832. Other countries adopted this type dance such as the United States, Russia, and more. In the 1920's and 30's modern dance appeared based on historical ballet. Now we have great variety in this sport.