Ballet originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century. Noblemen and women were treated to lavish events, especially wedding celebrations, where dancing and music created an elaborate spectacle. By 1661, a dance academy had opened in Paris, and in 1681 ballet moved from the courts to the stage.
Why was ballet invented?
Ballet developed as a performance-focused art form in France during the reign of Louis XIV, who was passionate about dance. In 1661 Louis XIV, determined to further his ambition in controlling the nobles and reverse a decline in dance standards that began in the 17th century, established the Académie Royale de Danse.
What was the first ballet and who created it?
Ballet began in the Italian Renaissance courts and spread from Italy to France by Catherine de Medici. Later it developed into a concert dance form in France and Russia. King Louis XIV founded the Académie Royale de Musique from which the Paris Opera Ballet developed as the first professional ballet company.