Ballet facts and stereotypes


Ballet facts and stereotypes

Ballets as an art form began in the late 1400s, during the renaissance especially, in the royal courts of Italy and France. Ballet, at the time, had great popularity due to its awesome movements and positions, which continue up to these days, represent the main feature of Ballet.

However, Ballets since its origins had many retractors such as the western society that has adopted a negative concept, especially, of male ballet dancers comparing them with effeminates.

"All ballet is dance, but not all dance is ballet" is a typical saying that ballet dancers say contradicting those who criticize Ballet, this is true because anyone can put on some music move the body to its rhythm and call it dancing. On the other hand, Ballet requires years of hard training, flexibility, coordination and of course, a great physical condition to make the movements.

One important fact of Ballet is that it can only be performed in a theatre or at least on some sort of stage, while a common dance, can be performed anywhere.

As we affirmed earlier, learning ballet is quite difficult, and unlike many other types of dance, learning it without special supervision of a highly trained teacher represents many risks of injury for the dancer.

The dancer costumes are also an important feature of Ballet, the cost of each dress may vary according to the quality, for example the cost of a tutu may reach to U$D 2,000,since due to its requirements, more than 70hours of labor and over 100 yards of ruffle can be employed in it making.

Ballet is - contrary to popular belief - not only a dance for girls, but for people that put great effort in this performance art from a very early age and meet many requirements of coordination, balance and dedication.