Ballet : Women And Women

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Although nowadays gender has no boundaries in the world of dance, dance has always been known for its gender significance towards women such as ballet as it is created to look graceful and according to Balanchine, “ballet was women” because the truest form of ballet was the long lines of the female body (“cite source”). Even though ballet was developed in the courts of Renaissance Italy by a man, King Louis XIV, it was actually introduced by an Italian noblewoman, Catherine de’ Medici and one of the earliest dance steps created consisted of small steps and gentle turns that are best done by women. Besides that, the costumes that came with it complemented women’s bodies; the shoes had small heels and the dresses were tiny. Because of this, in the middle ages, women often played the parts of men (Wikipedia). One might say that Balanchine was biased in favor of women, but in fact, ballet really is a dance built for women. As a famous ballet choreographer, George Balanchine knew what ballet is all about, grace, elegance, emotions and passion. Women were created with all the traits that best suit ballet as they are “more flexible and they have more ideal body for fine technique and speed” while men are more suited to lift and support the women because they are not built that way (“cite source”). Based on historical evidence, Balanchine favored women in his dances since the beginning when he chose three young girls in 1930s to be prima ballerinas to star in Ballet Russes de…

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