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  1. Introduction
  2. The History of Ballet-an Overview.
    1. Ballet was first introduced to the United States in 1916
    2. Foulkes argues that oppression that had been placed on society as a result of the further mechanization in the wake of World War I promoted dancers to seek a wide audience
  3. Conclusion

Ballet, like many other art forms, has a long and rich history of evolution and development. In fact, researchers examining the history of ballet have noted that the earliest precursors to ballet can be found as far back as the Renaissance in Italy (Wiley, 2006). Since this time, ballet has expanded and developed based not only on the prevailing culture at a given time, but also with respect to the specific country in which it was performed. With the realization that ballet has such a long and rich history, there is a clear impetus to examine this history and the evolution of ballet overall. Using this as a basis for investigation, this research considers the development of modern ballet in the United States. Through a careful consideration of what has been written about the history of modern ballet, it will be possible to demonstrate how this art form developed in the United States.

[...] Thus, as a result of the expanding popularity of ballet and the collapse of modern dance, ballet was able to become the cultural choice among most American art patrons. After World War II dance in the US began to further diffuse into mainstream society as Broadway become a popular venue for plays and other forms of entertainment. In the post-World War II era, ballet began to be incorporated into a host of other theatrical and dance forms. Foulkes notes that it is at this point that American ballet began to decline. [...]


[...] Adshead-Lansdale and Layson (1994) note that in 1933, Lincoln Kirstein an American visiting Paris invited one of Diaghilev protégés, George Balanchine, to come to the United States a develop a ballet school for American dancers. Balanchine accepted the offer and in 1934 the School of American Ballet was opened in New York. After almost two decades of being performed in the United States, ballet had finally found a home for aspiring young women seeking to learn this art. As ballet began to mark its development in the United States, researchers examining the history of this art have noted that a specific structure in the ballet dance company began to develop. [...]

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