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Classical ballet

Classical ballet

The most formal expressions of Ballet is Classical Ballet, it focusses on the execution of movement and is based on a rigorous education. Typical of this style is the turn-out of the legs used in all the five basic positions in which Classical Ballet is based.

These five positions, along most of its basic rules, were settled by PierreBeauchamp in the 17th century, when Louis XIV commissioned the "Académie Royale de la Danse" that innovated the Ballet of the epoch.

Education for this style begins at a very young age and ends along high school graduation. Not only names, meanings and precise execution of the technique is required; students must learn to develop strong legs, feet, andabdominals, since a strong center is necessary for all movements in ballet and without strong feet the work "En pointe" would be close to impossible.

There are about seven types of training for Classical ballet; most divided by the location where they were developed or their most remarkable representatives. Here they are:
  • Vaganova Method - The most common in this style and outgrown from Russian Ballet.

  • Cecchetti Method - From Italian Ballet.

  • Royal Ballet School - From British Ballet.

  • Royal Academy of Dance - From British Ballet.

  • Balanchine Method - Despite his Russian executor, this method is in fact American.