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The Development of Ballet Technique


L' Allegro

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While looking at my ballet books, it's obvious to me that ballet technique has progressed in a large way since the '40s. However, when I look at pictures of dancers from the '70s and '80s, they seem to be the equivalent of the dancers seen in, say, Pointe magazine. Yet I find it hard to believe that ballet technique has not been developed further since that time. How long does it take for the ballet lexicon to become enlarged or shall we say, more exploited, by dancers, and for it to be noticeable? Because Balanchine and Petipa are difficult, even for today's dancers! :thumbsup: Thanks all!

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Technical changes are usually very subtle, and take a long time to show obvious differences, even in a couple of decades. It's why we tend to call parts of ballet history "Eras".

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