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Ballet

Ballet /ˈbæl/ (French: [balɛ]) is a type of performance dance that originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century and later developed into a concert dance form in France and Russia. It has since become a widespread, highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary based on French terminology. It has been globally influential and has defined the foundational techniques used in many other dance genres. Ballet has been taught in various schools around the world, which have historically incorporated their own cultures to evolve the art.

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Road to Recovery

This picture may not be some large achievement. It may not be an impressive pose. It may not be brilliant. Yet to me, it is a milestone. I have been dancing for fourteen years. However, during my sophomore year of high school I injured my back and ankle requiring me to take over a year off. The doctor didn't think I would be able to continue ballet and pointe work. This is my second year back at pointe since taking time off, and I am finally returning to my original level. It has been a hard and painful journey, but I am so proud of myself and how much I have accomplished.

Contributed by Katie Kephart

Swan Lake has been a classic since it's creation but this Japanese circus takes it to a new level of amazing. SPOILER ALERT: unfathomable flexibility

Contributed by Claire Robinson

Beautiful

Natalia Osipova, absolutely beautiful. Such wonderful flexibly, extension, and not to mention...look at those lines! I can't stop drooling over this picture.

Contributed by Morgan Holt

A good tip to keep your pointe shoes ribbons in place for a performance is use a clear band-aid! Does the trick.

Contributed by Morgan Holt

I love this solo! My favorite to do, well except the time I fell doing the turns and broke my elbow! But I still love it. :)

Contributed by Morgan Holt

Beautiful

Beautiful Dress

Contributed by Ruth Ehie

Ballet Academy

These little girls are so talented! Incredible they can stand that straight on their feet!

Contributed by Ryann Burnett

I've always admired dancers' athleticism. After watching this, I aspire to it.

Contributed by Tori Griffin

For all those used to putting on pointe shoes for performances and who are tired of trying to fit the ribbons perfectly underneath themselves so they won't show, a great tool to use is hairspray. :) It keeps them right in place!

Contributed by Alexis LeBlanc

Positions of the Ballet Body

There are five main positions in ballet.

Contributed by Sarah Slone

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