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Fascinating Facts About the Ever-Charming Ballet

A dancer or not, ballet sure has the captivating essence to it. Check out how much you know about ballet in this quiz.
Pragya Singh Oct 31, 2020
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The history of ballet begins around 1500 in Italy. Terms like “ballet” and “ball” stem from Italian word "ballare," which means "to dance."
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The first real ballet on record was staged in the year 1581. The grand performance was called "Le Ballet Comique de la Reine," meaning "The Comic Ballet of the Queen."
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A significant part of ballet terminology is in the French language because ballet became formalized in France.
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It was first presented as ‘The Lake of the Swans’ by Ballet of the Moscow Imperial Bolshoi Theatre on 20 February/4 March 1877 (Julian/Gregorian calendar) in Moscow, Russia.
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Unlike the traditional story of "Cinderella", there is no glass slipper in the ballet- just a plain ballet slipper!
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Balanchine extended the traditions of classical ballet. His choreography is the same till today and the School of American Ballet still uses his teaching technique.
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The pas de deux is characteristic of classical ballet and can be found in many well-known ballets, including Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Giselle.
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Led by their queen Myrtha, Wilis are cruel female spirits who force unfortunate men to dance until they die.
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New York City Ballet (NYCB) is a ballet company founded in 1948 by choreographer George Balanchine, along with Lincoln Kirstein.
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There are five basic positions in modern-day classical ballet, known as the first through fifth positions.
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Pavlova is most recognized for her creation of the role of The Dying Swan and, with her own company, became the first ballerina to tour around the world, including South America, India and Australia.
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The tip of the shoe is a rigid box made of densely packed layers of fabric, cardboard and/or paper hardened by glue. The rest of the shoe is made of leather, cotton and satin.
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