A Brief History of Ballet, Pt. 2


Fanny Ellsler in the shadow dance, circa 1846 Public domain

In the first part of this two-parter, we covered ballet’s origins and early evolution. We left off with the founding of the Academie Royale de Musique, and the ways Jean-Baptiste Lully worked to ensure that his academy had as much prestige as possible.

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Topics in this Podcast: ballet, dance history, entertainment history, European history, 17th century, 18th century, 19th century, Marie Taglioni, brief history of ballet