Ballet is undeniably an intriguing dancing style. The style and narrative of the dance have developed so much over the years. If you are considering enrolling in a ballet dance class, you may find the following information interesting. Scroll down to read some interesting ballet facts.
Ballet Facts 1-10
1. We have all seen ballet slippers. In the 1730s, French ballet dancer Marie Camargo designed these exquisite dance slippers.
2. One tutu requires approximately 90 hours or 4 days to create, and its creation can cost its designer up to $3000.
3. A ballerina must devote as much time to hairstyling as she does to ballet instruction. Ballerinas shape their hair in a special bun that requires over 400 hours to create.
4. Pointe shoes offer distinction to a ballerina’s overall performance. On an annual basis, the English Royal Ballet is known to have worn almost 15,000 pairs of pointe shoes.
5. A male ballerina is known as a danseur. In Italy, they are referred to as ballerinos. Throughout his performance, a male dancer lifts around 1.5 tons of weight.
6. The bulk of ballerinas in the past were members of the nobility, notably King Louis XIV.
7. The first Royal Dance Academy in France was founded by King Louis XIV to offer regular ballet classes and establish ballet standards.
8. A few centuries ago, only men were employed as professional dancers. Before 1681, women were not permitted to become ballerinas.
9. Domenico da Piacenza was the first known ballet instructor.
10. The primary objective of court ballet was to honor the monarch.
Ballet Facts 11-20
11. In ballet, the word “releve” means to raise up.
12. The most difficult ballet maneuver is the fouette or the whip throw.
13. Men were the first ballet dancers!
14. Ballerinas may wear two to three pairs of ballet shoes per week.
15. Historically, the ballet was performed with operas.
16. Resin is applied to dancers’ shoes to avoid sliding; string musicians do the same.
17. Ballet debuted in France in 1661.
18. A ballerina can support three times her body weight on her big toe!
19. Pierina Legnani was the first ballerina to be awarded the title of the prima ballerina.
20. Ballerinas are as strong as footballers.
Ballet Facts 21-30
21. Some football players even practice ballet to improve their performance on the field!
22. When the ballet was created, it went from Italy to France, but it is quite popular in Russia!
23. The earliest ballet genres include Russian, French, and Italian!
24. The most popular ballet style is Romantic, which is still performed today.
25. Ballet is defined as “to dance or leap around”!
26. Ballet was always performed on special occasions, including weddings.
27. 14,000 individuals attend the ballet at least once per year.
28. The outfits of the ballerina are the most significant aspect of the dance!
29. When a ballerina reduced her tutu to just above her ankles, ballet underwent a transformation that made footwork a much more significant component.
30. Women were not permitted to dance in public until 1681, therefore they were unable to participate in ballet.
Ballet Facts 31-40
31. Before pointe shoes can be worn for dancing, they must be broken in.
32. Pointe shoes can make a ballerina’s steps sound loud before they’re broken in.
33. Historically, ballet costumes were designed to be heavy, not light or airy.
34. The most widely recognized or renowned ballet is Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker!
35. The typical length of a ballet performance is four hours.
36. The men’s dancers’ tights together span the stage length and back about three times.
37. 50 to 150 tutus are worn by a ballerina in her lifetime.
38. One ballet performance may require up to 5,000 hours of rehearsal.
39. During performances, ballerinas leap 900 feet in the air collectively.
40. A ballet studio has 400 wooden planks.
Ballet Facts 41-50
41. The wooden floor of a studio must be treated regularly with a 17-inch floor buffer.
42. Spills must be cleaned up immediately to avoid damaging the wood flooring.
43. The wood flooring of dance studios must be mopped with a microfiber mop head.
44. Studio owners can construct a floating subfloor for a fraction of the amount a contractor would charge.
45. A male dancer uses 4,000 pairs of tights throughout his lifetime
46. One ballet dancer is sufficient to power a (small) facility.
47. During a performance, the cumulative height of the ballerinas’ jumps exceeds 900 feet, which is roughly the height of the Eiffel Tower in Paris!
48. And lastly, did you know that Romanian police officers have taken dancing training to help them control traffic more gracefully?
49. Dame Ninette de Valois started the Royal Dance in 1931; it became the permanent ballet company of the Royal Opera House in 1946 and was granted a royal charter in 1956.
50. Romeo And Juliet, performed by the London Festival Ballet at the London Coliseum in 1977, was the first ballet to win an Olivier Award.