BALLET

A classical dance form characterized by grace and precision of movement and by elaborate formal gestures, steps, and poses. Ballet is considered the foundation for all the other forms of dance. In addition to acquiring classical ballet technique, one develops poise, grace and good body carriage.

At Miami Dance Project we offer all levels of Ballet classes from Pee-Wee to advanced levels. Each dancer is placed in a class depending on their current skill level.

The history of ballet began in the Italian Renaissance courts of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. It quickly spread to the French court of Catherine de’ Medici where it was further developed. The creation of classical ballet as it is known today occurred under Louis XIV, who in his youth was an avid dancer and performed in ballets by Pierre Beauchamp and Jean-Baptiste Lully. In 1661 Louis founded the Académie Royale de Danse (Royal Dance Academy) which was charged with establishing standards for the art of dance and the certification of dance instructors. In 1672, following his retirement from the stage, Louis XIV made Lully the director of the Académie Royale de Musique (Paris Opera) in which the first professional ballet company, the Paris Opera Ballet, arose. This origin is reflected in the predominance of French in the vocabulary of ballet. Early ballets preceded the invention of the proscenium stage and were performed in large chambers with the audience seated on tiers or galleries on three sides of the dance floor.