12 Basic Ballet Terms for Aspiring Ballerinas to Get Started

Did you know that ballet actually has its roots in Italy? That’s right, ballet was conceived in the Renaissance courts of the 15th and 16th centuries. However, it wasn’t until the 17th century that it was formalised in France. As such, ballet terms are mostly in French, and ballerinas worldwide still use these terms today as a universal “ballet language”.

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