Ballet dance is broken down into three main forms: classical ballet, neoclassical ballet, and contemporary ballet. It is a formalized type of interpretive dance because it uses music and dance to tell stories. The basic positions and dance techniques of ballet were developed long ago, and the choreography combines them into a performance. Ballet positions and dance techniques also serve as a backbone for many other dance styles, as many other dance genres,such as jazz, tap and modern dance, are based on ballet styles. Ballet dance techniques are even incorporated by folk and hip hop dancers into their routines.
Ballet dancers must be disciplined and highly trained. Ballet training usually start early in childhood, with children as young as four years of age. Ballet dancers must be light and graceful. Their hard work and dedication is evident in their ability to glide effortlessly across a stage.
Ballet dancers usually work with a dance company to put together their live stage performances. Some dance companies, such as the New York City Ballet Company and Russia’s Bolshoi Company travel around the world to perform. Their performances go from city to city all year round.
Even hollywood is has portrayed ballet dancers in recent movies such as "Center Stage: Turn it Up,” which mixes ballet and hip hop styles.
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