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  • Performing Arts Through the Centuries

    When a person thinks of performing arts they think of dance, the theatre, music and also the circus. Ballet is one of the more popular performing arts that springs to mind and is more popular in today’s culture as it was in the 15th century when it began in Italy. There are three main types of ballet – Classical, Neoclassical and Contemporary.

    Classical ballet is a very traditional and ridged form of ballet. Its form is that of very precise movements that are practiced during Pointe and extension work.  The training of a classical ballerina can be done within seven different interpretive styles. The most common is the Russian style of the Vaganova method; other styles include the Italian method (Cechetti), English method (Royal Academy and Royal Ballet), American method (Balanchine) and French method (En Pointe).  The emphasis of classical ballet is put on the method and movement of the dancer with turns at the hips and extensions of the legs. Students during their training learn all of the meanings of the expressions, the names of the moves and how to execute them with pin point precision.

    Neoclassical ballet is a later style of ballet. Its form is produce from the classical style but is less ridged and precise. It still commands a lot of training and dedication from its students.   Neoclassical ballet was created in the 20th century by Balanchine who both wrote and studied ballet. He decided that classical ballet in its then current form was too mechanical and not expressive and flowing enough to show the true life behind the moves that a dancer creates. Neoclassical ballet still has the classic pointe within in it but makes sure that the dancer is telling the story of the dance with grace and light with more varied use of the hands and arms.

    Contempary ballet is the next step after neoclassical ballet. The foundations of which stem from neoclassical ballet which were adapted from classical ballet styles by Balanchine. Contempary ballet is the removal of over pretentious costumes, sets and story telling by music. It takes the dancer themselves and makes them the most important part of the piece, their movements alone telling the story. Also Contempary ballet is not based on symmetry either in the dance its self or the stage that it set. The movements of contempary ballet are not ridged but bent, curved and twisted. The dancer is allowed to use and move their upper body which is unseen in classical ballet.

    The above mentioned descriptions of the differences between the three ballet forms are very difficult to write about and the answers to the differences are often changeable between how you have been schooled in the art of ballet, where you live and what you believe. Every person retains a completely or similar view on what ballet is and every teacher can and will tell you that what ballet is comes from the heart. Traditional styles and techniques will never change but the evolving of ballet in its current form is beautiful and expressive and often forms the centerpiece for modern dance.