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Ballet may not be alive today had it not been for Louis XIV in 1661 reviving dance. A brief overview of this can be read on this link:- http://www.ccs.neu.edu/home/yiannis/dance/history.html
There are Ballet Schools everywhere, and is popular among the youngest. The Royal Ballet do outreach programmes all over the UK and would be the best to consult for classes. Their web site is http://www.royal-ballet-school.org.uk/index.htm
A good age to start ballet is between the ages of 8-10, though children as young as 4 do basic ballet. Ballet can be done at any age and is a tremendous exercise routine.
Ballet is a learning process and has its graduation marks the same as schooling. The biggest single factor is determination as the discipline is personal and the instruction can be demoralising.
Ballet started as an expression movement, usually around banquets in the late 13th Century. Progressing through time with points of revival as the art died, the latest revival being in the 1960's to present day. It is a very challenging and also rewarding sport. There are many points to consider before taking up, or putting your children into this regime. To many for here. This link outlines many of the things you should consider first:- http://www.dance4it.com/ballethistory.htm
Ballet is not a game and therefore dedication is of the utmost importance as it bends the body against the normal, though not abnormal. It means regular training not casual so you do not harm your body. Points on this are also contained in the web address above.
There is potential for extreme satisfaction physically and mentally. There is potential to perform, be it on stage as a dancer or Royal Academy as a full Ballet Dancer blended with your natural rhythm and expression of music through your efforts.
There are many activities related to ballet and not just performing. There is the art of Choreography, stage design, costume making, script editing, directing. The potentials are as wide and varied as your enthusiasm is to achieve.
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