Ballet and Ballroom

This page was written and made by help of online sources and SYLVIA PENNER

The broad catergories of Dance are more or less:
Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Break Dance, Lyrical, Ballroom.

In this post I am gonna talk about Ballet and Ballroom.
Ballet and Ballroom are both forms of classical dance.
The online definition of Ballet is:
"A classical dance form characterized by grace and precision of movement and by elaborate formal gestures, steps, and poses."
The online definition of Ballroom is:
"A kind of dance in which two people dance as partners to a waltz, fox trot, etc."

The History of Ballet is as follows:
(From an online source)
"The beginnings of ballet can be traced to Italy during the 1400's at the time of the Renaissance. During the Renaissance, people developed a great interest in art and learning. Catherine de Medicis, a member of the ruling family of Florence, became the queen of France in 1547. Catherine introduced into the French court the same kind of entertainments that she had known in Italy. They were staged by Balthazar de Beaujoyeulx, a gifted musician. Beaujoyeulx had come from Italy to be Catherine's chief musician.
Ballet historians consider one of Beaujoyeulx's entertainments, the Ballet Comique de la Reine, to be the first ballet. It was a magnificent spectacle of about 51/2 hours performed in 1581 in honour of a royal wedding. The ballet told the ancient Greek myth of Circe, who had the magical power to turn men into beasts. The ballet included specially written instrumental music, singing, and spoken verse as well as dancing—all based on the story of Circe. Dance technique was extremely limited, and so Beaujoyeulx depended on spectacular costumes and scenery to impress the audience. To make sure that the audience understood the story, he provided printed copies of the verses used in the ballet. The ballet was a great success, and was much imitated in other European courts."

The History of Ballroom is as follows:
"Ballroom Dancing has a unique history that has contributed to its current popularity as a recreational and
competitive sport. Ballroom Dancing has its origins in England during the late 18th and early 19th century,
primarily among the upper class who participated in social events at balls. During the late 19th and early
20th century, Ballroom Dancing became popular among the working class who attended public dance
halls or "popular assemblies." Ballroom competitions gained popularity during the early 1920s. In 1924,
the Ballroom Branch of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing was formed; its mission was to
standardize the music, steps, and technique of Ballroom Dancing. Throughout the years, Ballroom
Dancing gained increased popularity throughout Europe, Asian-Pacific, and the Americas."

"Do people still go ballroom dancing, if so what is your favourite, waltz, quickstep or old time?"

"I do not go since my dear wife died, but we loved it, where else can you hold your best girl in your arms to music.The waltz was the first dance to allow it, and i am just hoping they do not stop it as politically incorrect."

"My wife and I go ballroom and Latin dancing one day every week.
We also go Line dancing
Both are good exercise and good fun.
My ball room preferences (In order) are
Quickstep, Waltz, Jive, Rhumba, Foxtrot, Cha-cha,
I'm rubbish at the Samba and over the years I've forgotten most of my Tango"



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