A History Of Ballet (as Told by a Mad Lib)
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Ballet began in Italy in the 15th century as part of (1)__________(noun) celebrations. By the 16th century, it had moved to (2)__________(place) where it began to grow more formalized, and by the 17th century, King (3)__________(name) XIV of France, a dancer himself, fully standardized the art form and helped (4)__________(verb) it into a professional craft rather than an (5)__________(adjective) dance style. Opera ballets flourished until the (6)__________(time/date) when ballet changed again and became even more (7)__________(adjective). It didn’t need to be accompanied by opera anymore – the dance (8)__________(plural verb) alone were enough to convey the (9)__________(noun). The 19th century continued this style of ballet, but it also began to introduce modern (10)__________(plural noun), like pointe work.
The (11)___________(adjective) age of ballet might have been in Russia in the late 19th century. This was when some of the most (12)___________(adjective) ballets like The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and The Sleeping (13)__________(noun) were first composed. It’s also where we get many elements of modern ballet study – an emphasis on turn-out and pointe work, and even the (14)__________(noun)!
Since then, ballet has continued to evolve. Modern styles of ballet include (15)__________(adjective) (16)__________(plural noun) rooted in classical ballet but adapted to more representational, “(17)__________(adjective)” ballets. Ballet today is a rich combination of everything from classical technique to modern choreographic style.
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- 18th Century