Ballet And Modern Dance Analysis

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Ballet and Modern Dance discusses the history of dance from the 16th century to the present day. It was written by Susan Au, a dance historian and writer. The book was originally published in 2002, but the most recent edition was published in 2012. In the chapters “A Most Obedient Servant”, “The Rise of Professionalism”, and “The Development of Ballet d’Action” from Ballet and Modern Dance, Au introduces her topic by starting with the origins of ballet in the 16th and 17th centuries. She walks her readers through the court ballet, ballet d’action, and the romantic ballet; different periods of ballet’s history. Au’s main point of these articles is to describe and explain the origins or ballet, discuss the major creators and influencers, and give an overview of how it progressed and developed throughout the 16th through 18th centuries. To explore her main point in more depth, Susan Au looks at three centuries in three chapters. The court ballet was established in the 16th century. During this time, dance was not for the highly skilled, but performances were usually led by the King and Queen with nobles of the elite class taking part as well. As time went on, dance progressed from a social, more leisure activity to a technical skill that required trained professionals for performances. At the start of the 18th century, ballet d’action was developed. This new way of dancing emphasized the use of human expressions and emotions to connect with the audience. In this

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