Ballet originated in Europe over 400 years ago and has since evolved from court dance to an art form that balances athleticism and artistry and supports creative experimentation. Explore the rich history of ballet by watching the videos, clicking the links, and checking out the suggested reading below!
The Origins of Ballet – A Ted Ed Presentation
Suggested Reading (check out the following at your local library, bookstore, or find them online at Amazon.com/smile)
Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet by Jennifer Homans, 2010
Ballet: An Illustrated History by Clement Crisp and Mary Clarke, 1992
Ballet and Modern Dance: A Concise History by Jack Anderson, 1993
Ballet in Western Culture: A History of its Origins and Evolution by Carol Lee, 1992
Interactive Ballet History Timeline
Created by The Royal Ballet School of London as an easy-to-explore linear chronology, this Interactive Timeline features illustrations from The Royal Ballet School Special Collections.
Take a Look
The Tutu's Tale: A Cultural History of Ballet's "Angels"
Former professional ballet dancer and dance historian Jennifer Homans discusses the history of ballet and her book, Apollo's Angels, with NPR on the segment, Fresh Air. Listen to the Interview