It was the famous male danseur, George Balanchine, who once said, "without pointe shoes, there would be no ballet.
The easiest way to know if ballet is for you, is to watch an entire ballet from start to finish.
When it comes to the most famous male ballet dancers in history, three names stand out: Nijinsky, Diaghilev and Mikhail Fokine (Fokin) but there are others.
For hundreds of years, choreographers have held to standard dance steps in classical ballet.
What's involved in creating a full length ballet? According to Bishop, the motivation to create original ballets came on the heels of his professional dancing.
The dissolution of the USSR in the '90s changed the face of ballet forever.
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Many people don't know much about pointe shoes.
In 1914, at the age of four, Margit Wolf, daughter of the Budapest Opera's master tailor, began training at the opera's ballet academy.
What does the ballet conductor really do? Yes, he or she stands in the pit in front of the orchestra and sets the tempo and cues the dancers.