What Is Ballet?

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Ballet is a style of theatrical dancing that was developed in France during the 17th century, and it became classical in the 19th. Ballet also describes a theatrical spectacle, which its use can be dated back to the Middle Ages. Ballet could include singing or dancing. It was institutionalized in France in 1672 with the formation of the permanent dance troupe Academie Royale de Musique, known today as the Paris Opera (Sadie 565). Ballet has been closely related to opera for much of its history. The 20th century saw a shift in emphasis away from story ballets set to newly composed scores towards more abstract works set to pre-existing music not necessarily composed for dancing. Although ballet is a primarily Western art, it is now practiced
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