BALLET – an elegant performance dance. Origins in Italian Renaissance (15th century). Later developed into a concert dance form in France, Russia.
Ballet uses choreography, music, trained dancers. Classical ballet is based on specific traditional techniques, vocabulary. Traditional ballets are performed with classical music, elaborate costumes, fine staging. Romantic ballet is marked by artistic pointe work, female dancers with soft aura. Neo-classical ballet is usually abstract. No clear plot, costume, scenery. Contemporary ballet includes mime, acting.