Ballet: Dear King Louis XIV

Ballet: Dear King Louis XIV

Your Majesty, I write this letter to recommend you for the role that you played alongside the Italian Renaissance courts to start and develop ballet dance. The women and noblemen of your era used ballet dance for lash celebrations and to create an elaborate show. I also want to recognize the dancing masters who, throughout the 15th and the 16th century, educated the noble families about the ballet steps while the court engaged in ballet performances. The first ballet was performed in 1581. During the 16th century, one notable figure in the development of this dance was Catherine De Medici, wife to France's King Henry II. However, this did not stop her from becoming an arts' patron who funded the French court ballet. Through her festivals, she encouraged the development of Ballet de Cour. It was a program that involved decor, song, dance, poetry, music, and costume (Rinehart 65–8).  Your Majesty, it is now more than a century, and you remain a notable figure that played a significant part in not only popularizing ballet but also standardizing its art form. Moreover, you emerged as a passionate dancer who performed numerous roles (Royal Opera House). Your affection for ballet nurtured its elevation from an activity that amateurs could use to pass the time to one that needed professional training.

The court offered the best context for the ballet performance since it comprised dance, music, and declamation. Mythology, music, poetry, and literature influenced the subject matter of the ballet (Izzo). Only men performed the ballet since society required them to be proficient in dancing, arts, language, and fencing. Such a trend lasted hundreds of years before the first woman was allowed to perform a ballet. However, such a trend has since changed. The Ballet de Cour presented attractions such as intriguing geometric patterns and opulent costumes, which often lack in modern ballet (Rinehart 69-71). Then again, modern classical ballet dancers recognize Ballet de Cour’s elegant presentation and the dancers’ erect posture.

Your Majesty, you made considerable contributions to the developme

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