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Beautiful ballet 優美的芭蕾

A Russian ballet dancer performs Don Quixote in Zurich, Switzerland.一名俄羅斯芭蕾舞者在瑞士蘇黎士演出「唐吉訶德」。 (照片:歐新社)


Ballet is a type of dance that is known for being beautiful and very graceful. It began during the Renaissance in Italy but was mostly developed in France. Ballet dancers have very strong legs, and the women are usually very small. They need to be small because in ballet, the men often support the women and sometimes even lift them over their heads!

In ballet, there are five main positions for the feet and arms. When you are learning ballet, these positions are the first thing you have to learn how to do. All of the other, harder movements in ballet come from these five positions.

In this picture, dancers are doing a ballet called Don Quixote, which is based on a famous Spanish book. Ballet is not as popular today as it was in the 1800s, but in Denmark and Russia it is still a very important part of the culture.

(Emily Shih, Staff Writer)





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