About Ballet

At the Greenville Ballet School we pass on the tradition of ballet, a classical art form that has been practiced for over 200 years. It emphasizes, beauty, grace, and line and develops physical strength, flexibility, and coordination, as well as artistic self-expression.

Ballet developed from the French court in the late 17th century and had a lot to do with courtly manners, etiquette, and gestures. It quickly developed into theatrical performances and the steps and techniques grew into what we know today via long traditions in France, Russia, Italy and elsewhere. Today it is enjoyed around the world for its beauty, storytelling, and the physical feats of well-trained dancers like those training at the Greenville Ballet School.

Ballet emphasizes strength, balance, and elegance and includes complicated turns, jumps, and difficult poses. It also serves as the “A-B-C’s” of all other dance forms: the dance form on which subsequent dance forms were based. So therefore it should be the first thing studied, the basis for all others, as it is at the Greenville Ballet School.

Many studies have shown the long term benefits of exposure to the arts during a child’s formative years.

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Long term benefits of ballet

Other dance styles

Louis XIV helped develop classical ballet as taught at the Greenville Ballet School