Ballet Facts & Quotes

Facts

Ballet Started in Italy over 500 years ago, and quickly become popular in France and Europe.

First official ballet was “Le Ballet Comique de la Reine”.

Women were not allowed to dance in public until 1681, so couldn’t join ballet.

Professional ballet dancers wear point shoes so they can dance on their toes.

During ballet a male dancer can lift over 1.5 tones worth of ballerinas during performances! That is the same like picking up a hippo.

Most ballerinas wear out 2-3 pairs of ballet shoes per week.

It can take 60 – 90 hours to make a professional tutu, that is almost 4 days.

The amount of energy to perform a ballet is about the same as playing 2 full football matches or running 18 miles.

Nutcracker was preformed 120 years ago in Russia and people didn’t like it.

Ballet = dance (Latin word)

There is 4 levels of dancers in ballet company 1-corp the ballet 2-corphees 3-soloists 4-principals

There are 20 different makers of point shoes.

There are 7 movements of dance: bending, gliding, turning, stretching, jumping, rising, darting.

5 attributes that dancer should have: strength, joint flexibility, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, coordination.

Quotes

 No one is born a dancer. You have to want it more then anything.

Mikhail Baryshnikov

Master technique and then forget about it and be natural.

Anna Pavlova

I do not try to dance better then anyone else.

I only try to dance better then myself.

Mikhail Baryshnikov

Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.

Marta Graham

God gives talent. Work transforms talent into genius.

Anna Pavlova

Dance is a conversation between body & soul. It takes an athlete to dance, but an artist to be a dancer.

Shanna LaFleur

Dance is music made visible.

George Balanchine