Ballet

Classical bell tutus in The Dance Class by Degas, 1874

Ballet / (French: [balɛ]) is a type of performance dance that originated during the Italian Renaissance in the fifteenth century and later developed into a concert dance form in France and Russia. It has since become a widespread, highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary based on French terminology. It has been globally influential and has defined the foundational techniques used in many other dance genres and cultures. Ballet has been taught in various schools around the world, which have historically incorporated their own cultures and as a result, the art has evolved in a number of distinct ways. See glossary of ballet.

A ballet, a work, consists of the choreography and music for a ballet production. Ballets are choreographed and performed by trained ballet dancers. Traditional classical ballets are usually performed with classical music accompaniment and use elaborate costumes and staging, whereas modern ballets, such as the neoclassical works of American choreographer George Balanchine, often are performed in simple costumes (e.g., leotards and tights) and without the use of elaborate sets or scenery.

Etymology

Ballet is a French word which had its origin in Italian balletto, a diminutive of ballo (dance) which comes from Latin ballo, ballare, meaning "to dance",[1][2] which in turn comes from the Greek "βαλλίζω" (ballizo), "to dance, to jump about".[2][3] The word came into English usage from the French around 1630.

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Ballet
Alemannisch: Ballett
العربية: باليه
অসমীয়া: বেলে নৃত্য
asturianu: Ballet
azərbaycanca: Balet
বাংলা: ব্যালে
Bân-lâm-gú: Pa-lé-bú
башҡортса: Балет
беларуская: Балет
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Балет
български: Балет
bosanski: Balet
brezhoneg: Barrez
català: Ballet
Чӑвашла: Балет
čeština: Balet
Chavacano de Zamboanga: Ballet
Cymraeg: Bale
dansk: Ballet
Deutsch: Ballett
eesti: Ballett
Ελληνικά: Μπαλέτο
español: Ballet
Esperanto: Baleto
euskara: Ballet
فارسی: باله (رقص)
français: Ballet
Frysk: Ballet
galego: Ballet
贛語: 芭蕾
한국어: 발레
հայերեն: Բալետ
हिन्दी: बैले
hrvatski: Balet
Ido: Baleto
Bahasa Indonesia: Balet
interlingua: Ballet
Interlingue: Ballette
italiano: Balletto
עברית: בלט
Basa Jawa: Balèt
ქართული: ბალეტი
қазақша: Балет
Кыргызча: Балет
Latina: Ballatio
latviešu: Balets
lietuvių: Baletas
magyar: Balett
македонски: Балет
മലയാളം: ബാലെ
Bahasa Melayu: Balet
Nederlands: Ballet
नेपाल भाषा: ब्याले
日本語: バレエ
norsk: Ballett
norsk nynorsk: Ballett
Novial: Balete
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Balet
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਬੈਲੇ
Patois: Bale
polski: Balet
português: Balé
română: Balet
русский: Балет
Scots: Ballet
shqip: Baleti
Simple English: Ballet
slovenčina: Balet
slovenščina: Balet
српски / srpski: Балет
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Balet
Basa Sunda: Tari Balèt
suomi: Baletti
svenska: Balett
Tagalog: Ballet
தமிழ்: பாலே
татарча/tatarça: Balet
тоҷикӣ: Балет
Türkçe: Bale
українська: Балет
Tiếng Việt: Múa ba lê
Winaray: Ballet
粵語: 芭蕾
Zazaki: Bale
中文: 芭蕾舞