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The world of entertainment today has been greatly influenced by song and movement Dance forms such as ballet tap jazz and hip-hop have been performed in royal courts night clubs Broadway musicals movies and music videos Dance has been a major influence on popular culture all throughout history and continues to do so today The beginning of ballet can be traced back to Italy in the 1400s During the Renaissance people began to grow an interest in the arts At the same time trade and commerce expanded rapidly The dukes who ruled Florence and other Italian cities grew wealthy The dukes did as much as they could to promote the arts The Italian city-states became rival art centers and the dukes competed with each other giving costly fancy entertainments This entertainment included ballet dancing In these performances there were no professional dancers The dancers were noblemen and noblewomen of the dukes court who danced to please their ruler A member of the ruling family of Florence Catherine de Medici became the queen of France in 1547 Catherine introduced the same kind of entertainments she had known in Italy to the French courts These dances were staged by the musician Balthazar de Beaujoyelux Beaujoyeluxs entertainment piece Comique de la Reine is considered to be the first ballet This was a five hour performance danced in honor of a royal wedding It told the story of the Greek myth of Circe who has the power to turn men into beast At this time ballet technique was very limited so he relied greatly on spectacular costumes and scenery to impress the audience This ballet established Paris as the ballet capital of the world In the 1600s King Louis XIV ruled France Louis himself greatly enjoyed dancing in his court but stopped once he became middle-aged In 1661 he founded the Royal Academy of Dancing This was created to train professional dancers to perform for him and his
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