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Ballet When dance appeared as a popular and common form of entertainment in the late fifteenth and sixteenth centuries performances included mixtures of acrobatics speech and song The performances were created on a large scale for those of royalty and on a smaller scale for the more common people The entertainment in the court often held that of a political agenda These dances were used to show off the court magnificent appearance and were written and conceived as subtle propaganda For instance dances may have been designed to flatter a visiting dignitary implying the intentions of the host or the dances could be created to threaten the dignitary with a feeling of power and strength A woman by the name of Catherine de Medici took this art with her from England to France and into her marriage to King Henry II During this time she ordered the creation of the Ballet Conique de la Reine It was an epic piece lasting five hours meant to celebrate the marriage of a friend this Ballet came to be known as the beginning of the HISTORY OF BALLET During this period many more epic and influential dances were created By the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries a firm foundation for Ballet had been established Women began to join in the dance Ballet Masters began to attempt a form of notation for this dance In addition costumes became sleeker in order to adapt to the intricate movement of the foot and the body of the female dancer who at this time began to gain dominance in the dance To this point Ballet had been mainly a very restricted dance Free flowing movement and jumpslifts were not yet socially acceptable The only changes that could be made were variations in floor patterns and tempo So from here Ballet continued its combination of dance singing and music singing usually taking precedent over the other two More skillful ballerinas or female
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