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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Consente Di Danza.

Lahat tayo may mga kinahihiligan na mula pa lang ng mga bata tayo. Ako, Grade 2 pa lang, nahilig na ako sa pagsasayaw. Sa mga contests, Christmas Parties, at kung anu-ano pa. Hanggang nagtuloy tuloy na ito hanggang sa may nagpa-audition sa school namin noong Grade School para sa Manila Dance Center. At dahil pinangarap kong maging isang Ballerina, sinubukan ko, at sa kabutihang palad, nakuha ako. :)

Tuwing hapon, hanggang alas-9 ng gabi, nagsasayaw ako. Pinagbuti ko dahil gusto kong mapili ako na makasali sa unang batch na sasayaw sa isang play, na pwedeng makasama pa ang mga kilalang balerina. Nagsikap ako, pinagbuti ko. Pero dumating ang hayskul at pinili kong isuko ang pangarap kong maging isang balerina. Mas pinili ko ang tapusin ang pag-aaral ko. Pero hanggang ngayon, pinapangarap ko pa din ang magsayaw o mapabilang sa isang play. Kaya't kung bibigyan ako ng isa pang pagkakataong magawa ito, hindi ko na iyon palalagpasin pa. Magsasayaw ako hanggang sa ako'y tumanda. :P Kaya ngayon, hanggang litrato muna ako.

Ito yug ID na ginagamit ko noong nagsasanay pa ako sa
Manila Dance Center.

History of Ballet.

Ballet, pronounced as ballay, is a dance form that has been there in the world since ages. One of the most mesmerizing and awe-inspiring dance forms, ballet had its roots well laid centuries ago. While the dancers are at the tips of their toes in the dance, audiences are at the edge of their seats, with hearts pounding, eyes widening and smiles elongating. Balance is the key characteristic feature of this particular dance form. Truly graceful and spellbinding, dancers swiftly move past the stage, looking elegant, refined and exotic, all at the same time.

Interesting Information On Origin & BackgroundOf Ballet
Early Years
The word 'ballet' comes from a French word ‘balletto’, which stands for theatrical dances. According to one particular school of thought, ballet originated during the Renaissance court culture of Italy, in the 15th century. During that era, the dance was mainly performed to impress the nobility of neighboring states. While the men were robed in wigs, blouses, jackets and bloomers, the women adorned heavy-weighted, ornate gowns of many layers.

Ballet, at the time of Renaissance, was considered to be an artistic extravaganza that was accompanied by elaborate aristocratic banquet. When Catherine de Medicis, a member of the ruling family of Florence, tied the knot with King of France Henri II, in 1553, she introduced the ballet culture prevalent in Italy there as well. Catherine brought along with her Balthasar de Beaujoyeulx to France, as her chief musician.
Contrary to the above view, some historians believe that the historical root of ballet lies in the romantic city of Paris. For them, Ballet Comique de la Reine, performed at the Palais du Petit Bourbon, is the true birth of ballet. In the year 1581, Beaujoyeulx, a violinist and dance master, orchestrated a five-hour drama, depicting the ancient Greek myth of Circe, who had the magical power to turn men into beasts.
The ballet that was performed in Beaujoyeulx’s drama was characterized by blissful songs and poetry, coupled with brilliant stage effects and specially designed costumes. Talking about the dance form during that time, balance and control formed the basics of the dance. More often than not, they were used in conjunction with showy and unmanageable costumes. Still, the dance was as graceful as ever.

A Short History of Ballet Shoes.

Any great art, and also sport, requires specific and unique equipment in order to help the performer to excel. Ballet, of course, is no different. Although ballet is extremely physically demanding, other than the dancer themselves, the only item that needs to perform under pressure is a dancer’s clothing. Especially ballet shoes. In order to help create one of the most graceful and beautiful sights that can be beheld, these specifically designed items of footwear are a must. Otherwise known as ballet slippers, they have evolved over the years to meet the needs of most dancers.

Ballet has its origins in Italy in the 15th century, where performances of music and dance, with movements based around the motions of fencing, became very popular. These performances during the Renaissance were no doubt displays of great elegance and talent. But there was a major difference between these balletto dances and modern ballet. There was no clothing specifically for dancers – clothes worn were those in fashion at the time, and ballet shoes did not appear for a very long time. By the 17th century ballet had reached the courts of the French king Louis XIV. This period in the history of ballet is the reason for many modern terms used that are French in origin. Aristocrats of the era, unlike many others, wore very fine shoes. Typically with delicate uppers of damask with silk, linen or other valuable materials, the soles of these shoes were leather. Although many varieties in these shoes existed, it is widely though that the king’s own shoes – despite their raised heels – were the inspiration for ballet shoes as we know them today. It is said that while dancing he would extend his feet and legs to show off his extremely expensive foot wear. The elegance of these moves – and also the shoes – soon caught on and became popularised.

Initially it seems these shoes were used purely for appearance, emphasizing graceful and stylish movements. As time progressed, so of course did ballet shoes themselves. Raised heels that had benefited the French monarch in his day to day life were certainly not necessary. Through time ballet itself underwent many changes and had spells of great popularity in different countries – notably Denmark and Russia - but materials used for ballet shoes endured. Today the primary materials that make ballet shoes are still the same, a great indication of their suitability. Leather is the most long lasting and the warmest material used, although the most expensive, and is considered suitable for both men and women to use. Satin shoes are easy to dye to specific colours and are traditionally worn by women, although this is dependent on the role in being performed. Canvas shoes are usually worn by men and are less costly than leather versions, and also allow feet to breath easily. All shoes are flexible and ideal for dancing, although often they are tailored for specific needs.

The seeming simplicity of the designs of ballet shoes, and the fact they are so necessary and relied upon in modern dancing, may lead some to believe they emerged with ballet itself. But delving into the history of ballet and ballet shoes themselves tells a fascinating story about how they came to be what they are today.

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