Isadora Duncan

When Isadora first became famous, ballet was at its highest peak in entertainment. Theaters featured ballet show after ballet show with dramatic stage settings, perfect acquired lines, and love stories galore. Duncan brought something new to the table, her phrases consisted of walks and runs, skips and leaps; she wanted natural movement to be an […]

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Swan Lake

Swan Lake is a ballet about a princess that gets turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse. I was really glad to finally watched Swan Lake since I have heard so many allusions to it and know it as one fo the great ballet classics. I have read about an all-male Swan Lake […]

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The Little Ballet

The Little Ballet was indeed a perfect little thing as danced. This was such an understated and fluent and bravura performance that the dance was hard to imagine anyone dancing the role considering the fact that the role was played by Mikhail Baryshnikov, while Elaine Kudo and three other dancers in a sweet-tempered, fluid work […]

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How to Develop Turnout

The meaning of turnout in ballet is a rotation of the leg which comes from the hips, causing the knee and foot to turn outward, away from the center of the body. This rotation allows for greater extension of the leg, especially when raising it to the side and rear (Wikipedia). Turnout is a fundamental […]

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A Brief History of Contemporary Ballet

Contemporary ballet is a form of dance influenced by both classical ballet and modern dance. It employs the fundamental technique and body control principles of classical ballet but permits a greater range of movement than classical ballet and may not adhere to the strict body lines or turnout that permeate classical ballet technique. Many of […]

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