2. Fill the gaps.
A famous ballet dancer_______e.g. Anna Pavlova_______________________________
A famous ballet choreographer____________e.g. Marius Petipa___________________
A famous ballet dance work_____________e.g. Swan Lake_______________________
The country where ballet began____________France___________________________
A composer of ballet music__________e.g. Tchaikovsky_________________________
3. Draw a tutu
(photos of tutus can be seen on links from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballet_tutu) 4. Describe what you would expect to see and/or hear if you saw a ballet dance class or performance?
Class: Students may all be female; dressed in leotards, tights, soft shoes; doing exercises at the barre; doing slow combinations of movements in the centre of the room; leaps across the room; a curtsey of bow at the end of class. A person may be playing the piano to accompany the class. Performance: often in a formal theatre; mime might be used to help tell a story; music is orchestral; the dance has work has sections for solos and duets; the background dancers make shapes in the background to frame the soloists; painted sets of wood or fabric to help set the location of a scene.
5. Answer the questions. Why was Louis XIV important to ballet?
He liked to dance in court ballets and when he couldn’t dance anymore he helped to set up the first ballet training school for professional dancers.
What is one difference between male and female ballet dancers?
e.g. Males wear tights; females wear tutus. Males lift the females; females don’t lift anyone. Males have princely roles; females might be a supernatural being.