Dance And Classical Court Dancing

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Over many centuries dance had developed to a point where it was being used as a form of entertainment. In the middle ages, peasant dances eventually became so popular among nobility that they developed their own, more classical court dancing, and it is classical court dancing that lead directly to ballet. The similarities can be seen in the use of geometric shaping as well as in the principles of ballet still used todays ballet.

Cultural and social background
The middle ages were considered to be a dark time because western Europe was overrun by barbarians and much of the culture and wealth of classical civilization was lost, as well as because the nobility were greedy and the king often wasted money on wars. Court dancing began among the peasants but the style was very wild and free. When the nobility created their version it was done with more class, poise and style. Movements were quite limited as at that time, especially nobility, wore big dresses with corsets and endless layers of clothing, not forgetting the enormous hair pieces they were expected to wear.

The History of ballet
Time line

Court Dancing
(14th century)

King Louis XIV
Opened first ballet school

Pre-Romantic period
(Early 1800s)

Romantic period

Classical period
(Late 1800s)

Ballet russe
(Between 1909 and 1929)

Neo classical
(Late 19th to Early20th century)
International dancers
Anna Pavlova (1881-1931)

Anna Pavlova, brought a more traditional

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