Ballet Dancing is a long-standing form of classical arts with a rich history. It began in the early 1500’s in Italy as an entertainment of the noble courts and quickly became popular as an elegant dance ranging form France and the entire European continent.
The term Ballet means ‘Dance’ in Latin. There are four different levels of dancing and each of which handles different roles. The male equivalent of a ballerina is a Danseur.
Fast Facts: –
- One performance of Ballet Dancing lasts on average four hours and it can take up to 5,000 hours of practice.
- A male dancer lifts over 1-1/2 tons worth of ballerinas during performances.
- The buns into which ballerinas style their hair require a combined 400 hours of styling per performance.
- Professional ballet dancers wear Pointe shoe so that they can dance on their toes.
- Dancing in new Pointe shoes can be really dangerous. Every dancer figures out how they like to adapt their shoes to better fit their foot.
- They also run a yellow crystal substance called rosin on their pointes and flats to prevent slipping.
- A professional Ballet dancing class is accompanied by a live pianist.
- A ballerina’s Tutu is essential for the performance. All these tutus are handmade and if high-quality is maintained, a single one can cost around $2000.
- An average ballet dancer wears 50 to 150 tutus in her lifetime.
- A male dancer wears approximately 4,000 pairs of tights over a dancing lifetime.