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Ballet Resources

What does ballet have to do with the Russian Revolution? What's a plié or a jete or cinquième? How do ballerinas condition their bodies to perform like athletes? Delve into an art form with a language all its own and a rich history interwoven with cultural revolution, political rebellion, and artistic innovation.

Grades 3-4 Lesson
This lesson will introduce students to both conceptual and practical elements of classical ballet
Grades 6-8 Lesson
Explore and discover the elements of dance by demonstrating various simple movements
Grades 6-8 Lesson
Stage-fighting, and especially sword-fighting, is important to the plot of many Shakespearean plays
Grades 6-8 Lesson
This lesson introduces students to the French vocabulary of ballet
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Nureyev’s early life and work were affected by changing social, political, and cultural forces in Russia
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Explore Nureyev’s artistic endeavors and achievements in the dance world of the West
Grades 9-12 Lesson
An overview of how creative expression developed in the West, particularly with dance
Grades 3-4 Lesson
This lesson introduces students to the concept of emotionally and physically telling a story through dance and pantomime.
Article
Everything you need to know so you're good to go to the ballet!
Article
While dancing is a beautiful and expressive form of art, it's also a sport, and one that isn't without risks
Article
Explore the most popular ballet of all time
Article
A detailed description of the five elements of dance: body, action, space, time, and energy
Article
The pas de deux is not just a dance of love
Master + Work
Learn how this all-American master changed the stage of choreography in musical theater
Master + Work
Discover why he has been called "the father of American Ballet" and even the greatest choreographer of all time
Gear
Pointe shoes give ballerinas the footwear that helps them stay on their toes and wow audiences
Field Guide
Everything you need to know before you go to a dance performance
This Day in the Arts
January 22, 1904: George Balanchine is born in Saint Petersburg, Russia
This Day in the Arts
January 28, 1948: Mikhail Baryshnikov is born in Riga, Latvia
This Day in the Arts
January 31, 1881: Anna Pavlova is born in Saint Petersburg, Russia
This Day in the Arts
March 12, 1889: Vaslav Nijinsky is born in Kiev, Ukraine
This Day in the Arts
March 17, 1938: Rudolf Nureyev is born in Irkutsk, Siberia
This Day in the Arts
March 19, 1892: The Nutcracker premieres in theaters
This Day in the Arts
March 27, 1934: Arthur Mitchell is born in New York City
This Day in the Arts
July 28, 1934: Jacques d’Amboise is born in Dedham, Massachusetts
This Day in the Arts
September 08, 1971: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts opens its doors
This Day in the Arts
October 11, 1918: Jerome Robbins is born in New York City
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