Ballet Classes for Kids in Chicago

Child tying ballet shoe

 

Ballet is a form of dancing that is geared towards theatre. Similar to other dance and art forms, ballet can tell a story, express a mood, or simply reflect the different melodies and dynamics of music. There are many reasons for your dancer to try a ballet class. To get more information about ballet classes at Dance To EvOLvE, check out our class descriptions.

Ballet Fun Facts

  • When ballet first came about in the 15th Century, the dance would relate closely with the menu being served for the dinner. For example, the story of Jason and the Golden Fleece would be the opening act before the dinner of lamb would be served.

  • On average, a male dancer lifts 1.5 tons of ballerinas during a performance 

  • A ballerina goes through pointe shoes every 2-3 weeks

  • Some tutus can cost up to $2,000. They take many yards and many hours of work to make.

A Brief History of Ballet

  • Ballet began during the 15th Century in the Italian Renaissance Courts 
  • In the 16th Century, the wife of King Henry II, Catherine de Medici, began to fund ballet in the French Court
  • Creation of classical ballet as we know it today occurred under King Louis XIV, who, apparently, was quite the dancer himself and danced in many plays
  • In 1661, King Louis XIV founded the Academie Royale de Danse (Royal Dance Academy) which helped to 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.  This play is performed throughout the world in different ballet formats.