Ballet is a graceful dance performed on stage around the world. Known to many as the french dance where performers adorn themselves with little tutus and slippers, this form of dance is much much more. Just Dance Academy is renowned for its personalized training from the beginner to those who may one day perform in front of audiences at venues such as The New York City Ballet.

The History of Ballet 

Ballet emerged in the late fifteenth-century Renaissance court culture of Italy as a dance interpretation of fencing, and further developed in the French court from the time of Louis XIV in the 17th century. This is reflected in the largely French vocabulary of ballet. Despite the great reforms of Noverre in the eighteenth century, ballet went into decline in France after 1830, though it was continued in Denmark, Italy, and Russia. It was reintroduced to western Europe on the eve of the First World War by a Russian company: the Ballets Russes of Sergei Diaghilev, who came to be influential around the world. Diaghilev’s company came to be a destination for many of the Russian trained dancers fleeing the famine and unrest that followed the Bolshevik revolution. These dancers brought many of the choreographic and stylistic innovations that had been flourishing under the czars back to their place of origin.

In the 20th century ballet has continued to develop and has had a strong influence on broader concert dance. For example, in the United States, choreographer George Balanchine developed what is now known as neoclassical ballet. Subsequent developments now include contemporary ballet and post-structural ballet, seen in the work of William Forsythe in Germany.

Vaganova and Cecchetti

Just Dance Academy Teaches the following methods of Russian, French and Italian fine Ballet Styling

Vagonova : 

A method of Russian Ballet fundamentally founded in 1897 by Agrippina Vaganova which derived from her own method of classical ballet training, fusing elements of French, Italian and other methods as well as influences from other Russian dancers and teachers. This method has become known worldwide as the Vaganova. Agrippina Vaganova trained some of the most famous dancers in world history. The Vaganova method is considered to be very clean, with precise movements that express clean lines yet graceful softness underneath.

Cecchetti : 

A method of Italian – Russian Ballet founded by Enrico Cecchetti in 1887. Cecchetti began touring Europe in his late teens, and by age 20 had his debut on the stage of La Scala in Milan. He was an instant success! Throughout his career, he received rave reviews and accolades and was considered the finest male dancer of his time. At the height of his career, he migrated to St. Petersburg. While performing in Russia, he captivated his audiences with brilliant feats of batterie, amazing leaps, and multiple pirouettes. He was hired to perform as Premier Danseur, to be Maitre de Balletwith the Maryinsky Ballet and to teach at the Imperial Ballet School (1887-1902). Cecchetti is comprised of precise and controlled movements with careful regard for the laws of anatomy, and it is designed to endow the human body with all those qualities essential to the dancer…balance, poise, strength, elevation, elasticity, “ballon” and beauty.

What is Ballet ? 

Ballet is the art of dance requiring strength, resilience, elegance and grace. It is the foundation of all types of dancing. Ballet class is broken up into 3 core sessions. Class begins with a barre warm up. The ballet barre sequence consists of a number of exercises that begin every classical ballet class. The movements are performed in a particular order for the purpose of warming up the body and collecting the focus of the dancer. Techniques and teaching methods vary, every classical barre session will embrace fundamental steps. Then move to the center of the floor work which consists of slow and controlled movements to help with balance then gradually getting into fast paced jumps and turns. Finally we end class with a Reverence, the final combination in a ballet class. It is typically seen as a sign of respect between the dance instructor and his or her students.