Essay on Ballet

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Leg Up, Pointe, Dance! Dancing is a form of art that is just like any other art, it entertains, heals, arouse, amuse, tell a story and uplift their audience. When you watch someone dance, you usually say to yourself, “Wow! That’s Amazing!” or “What are they doing?". The word ballet comes from the French word ballette and from the Italian balletto meaning "a dance". According to dance historians, ballet can be traced to Italy during the Renaissance (Charleston Ballet and Avampato Discovery Museum, CBADM). In the beginning stages of ballet all the dancers were men and they wore masks to play women roles. The dancers would perform dances to entertain their ruler. Italian native, Catherine de Medici became the queen of France in 1547, and introduced France to the entertainment she was accustomed to in Italy. Paris soon became the place to be for ballet after she created the Comique de la Reine (The Queen’s Comedy Ballet). King Louis XIV took special interest in the ballet, he established the Acadmie Royal de Danse (The Royal Academy of Dancing) in 1661 (CBADM). The school professionally trained all the dancers in his court. King Louis XIV even played the lead in all the ballets that his court performed. France was the origin of what is now known as ballet and soon other European countries began their own companies. The nature of work for any dancer is being creative and being able to express words and emotion into body movement. Even though dancers have the one of the highest rates of nonfatal on-the-job injury (United States Department of Labor, USDL), dancers enjoy the thrill of performing in front of an audience. The art of dancing is mostly sought out for entertainment and exercise. It’s a very demanding of your body, its takes a toll on your body. Working conditions of ballet dancers are similar to those of any dancer. Dance is very stressful,

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