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Ballet styles


Ballet styles

The styles of Ballet have developed throughout its history and some have been left behind during its development. Here,we will introduce you to the concepts and backgrounds of those that shaped this extraordinary form of art.
  • Ballet d'action - Also known as Ballet-Pantomime, is noticeable for the choreographic narrative of the dance, where the story is enhanced by the ballet and the pantomime. It was born in the 18th century, under the influence of the Opera-ballet and the Comique-Ballet that Lully Molière and Beauchamp introduced to the European scene during the Kingdom of Louis XIV. This Style includes three genres:
    • The Noble Dance - Also known as "Serieux" for its serious tone
    • The Mild-Character Dance - Danse Demi-Caractère
    • The Comic Dance - or Danse-Comique

  • Classical ballet - the most formal expressions of Ballet, this style is stricter about the traditional technique of Ballet. Classical Ballet is recognizable by the high extensions of arms and legs, the turn-out of the legs, and the work "En pointe". it's variations rely on its origin; there exist:
    • Italian Ballet
    • French Ballet
    • Russian Ballet
    • British Ballet

  • Contemporary ballet - This style incorporates to ballet elements of both Modern dance and Classical Ballet. It takes the "En Pointe" Technique from the Classical ballet and includes modern innovations such as floor-work and turn-in of the legs. It allows a larger range of movement than classical ballet as well.

  • Neoclassical ballet - This ballet is the one adapted to Broadway in examples such as that of George Balanchine. The style takes the enhanced techniques developed Russian Ballet and suppresses the theatrical background and the meticulous narrative.

  • Romantic ballet - This is the ballet that developed after the Ballet d'action; its period lasted from 1815 to about 1845 - 1850 along the decline of Ballet in France. Among the elements that differentiate this style of Ballet, is the use of a different Scenarist and Choreographist as opposed to the same person assigned to both tasks. This is the Style that brought back the women to the scene outshining the men.
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Classical ballet
Neoclassical ballet
Russian Ballet
 Classical ballet
Classical ballet is the most formal expression of Ballet with movements based on rigorous education.
 Neoclassical ballet
Neoclassical ballet is a mixture of classical and contemporary ballets with focusing on dance structure.
 Russian Ballet
Russian ballet is related with the theatrical arts. it was highly involved in the development of Classical Ballet.
Contemporary ballet
Romantic ballet
 Contemporary ballet
Contemporary ballet incorporates elements of modern dance and classical ballet that allows a wide range of movements in ballet.
 Romantic ballet
Romantic ballet is focused on the constant struggles between man and nature and supernatural and exotic worlds or societies.