Ballare was the stem of the Italian diminutive of ballo: balletto (dance), which is used in French for ballet: 'dance game, dance group' (1578).

balletpositionsThe ballet was created in the 15th century in Italy. The word ballet comes from the Italian word ballare that means dancing. It was brought from Italy to France and developed there in the 16th century at the French courts. It was part of the entertainment at court. The first ballet performances in theaters date back to 1669 as part of the opera. In the 15th century there were ballets scenes performed from Roman and Greek mythology. Many elements of modern ballet originated in the 19th century, which was the time of romance. Science and industry developed rapidly in that time, but the more people discovered in the world, the more they sought relaxation in books, music, art and ballet. The end of the 19th century was a fruitful time for the ballet. New developments in the romance like dancing on the pointe (ballet shoes) and high jumps were then further developed by, among others, the Russian choreographer Marius Petipa. Pointes (or ballet shoes) are dancing shoes with hard points on which you can stand, a pronounced feature of classical ballet.
The point technique, walking on the toes (pointe) gave the impression that the dancer was separate from the earth, and effortlessly light could float or fly.

Ballet is a dance form that is bound to academic techniques. The unique to ballet, with respect to other dance, is that the technique thereof is stipulated in special manuals. As a result, everyone in the world learns ballet practicing with the same dance steps.

In ancient classical ballets was still strictly adhered to the rules of the academic ballet. Later choreographers took such rules broader and experimented with costumes, music and movement patterns. Nowadays there's just neoclassical and contemporary ballets.

Ann gets for the first on pointe ballet. Ouch, that hurts! She says: " Why don’t they ask taller people,

then we do not need to stand on our toes! "