The Sun King Louis XIV Influence On Court Dance

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Here comes the Sun! He was the King who danced. Louis XIV ruled France from 1638-1715. He brought opulence to the monarchy with his extravagant court dances, memorable performances, and the institution of the modern ballet.
Louis was a fine dancer, who learned to dance as soon as he could walk. Ballet was a part of his daily life. He studied. He rehearsed. He performed. Debuting in his first ballet at the age of twelve. Starred as the "Rising Sun" at age fifteen in Le Ballet de La Nuit. And as Apollo, "The Sun God" at age sixteen. These performances led to him being commonly referred to as, "The Sun King". Although Louis was a fine and enthusiastic dancer, he retired from performance at the age of 30.
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