Ballet Classes for Kids

Child tying ballet shoe

Ballet is a form of dancing specifically catered towards theatre audiences. Similar to other dance and art forms, ballet has the ability to tell a story, express a mood, or simply reflect the melody and dynamics of the music. There are so many reasons for your child to try a ballet class. For more information about ballet classes at Dance To EvOLvE, check out our class descriptions page.

Ballet Fun Facts

  • When ballet first started in the 15th Century, the dance would correspond closely with the menu of the night. For example, the story of Jason and the Golden Fleece would be the opening act before the lamb was served

  • A male dancer lifts 1.5 tons worth of ballerinas during performances 

  • Ballerinas wear out around 2-3 pairs of pointe shoes every week

  • One tutu can cost up to $2,000 to make, requiring 60-90 hours of labor and over 100 yards of ruffle fabric

A Brief History of Ballet

  • Ballet began in the Italian Renaissance Courts in the 15th Century
  • In the 16th Century, Catherine de Medici, wife of King Henry II, began to fund ballet in the French Court
  • Creation of classical ballet as we know it today occurred under King Louis XIV, who was an avid dancer himself and performed in many plays
  • In 1661, King Louis XIV founded the Academie Royale de Danse (Royal Dance Academy) which established the standards for ballet
  • Ballet's most popular and well-known production is The Nutcracker, which remains a magical holiday classic for both children and adults