The Evolution of Classical Ballet Technique

The Evolution of Classical Ballet - The First Pointe Shoes

The Royal Opera House and the Royal Academy of Arts presented ballet Mistress Ursula Hageli's analysis of the evolution of classical ballet technique through the paintings of Degas dancers.  An excited Ms. Hageli shared her findings with the help of Royal Ballet dancers Leanne Cope and Lauren Cuthbertson; Leanne representing the Degas-style dancer and Lauren the modern day ballerina. Marie Taglioni was the first ballerina to go on her toes. Toe shoes were still very soft, no block, only … [Read more...]

Degas’ Ballerinas Paintings

Degas Ballerinas Paintings

Edgar Degas, the famous french impressionist, painted ballerinas throughout his entire life But he didn't paint dancers only performing on stage, Degas' ballerinas paintings portrayed their everyday living. The artist painted the ballet dancer's daily classes and rehearsals. He took the spectator behind the scenes to discover the magical world of classical ballet. Degas's Ballerinas Paintings: The Dailiness of Dance in Degas' Dancers at the Barre Exhibition It's not often that an … [Read more...]

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