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Ballet dance

The roots of ballet dance lie in France, with all the basic terminology in French. However, Russian, Italian, and American dancers have left their mark by inventing their own style and interpretation of classical steps.

Although dancers wearing tutus and pointe shoes with hair pulled tightly back in a bun are typically associated with ballet dancing, the footwear and costumes need not be a constant. Young dancers get their start by wearing soft ballet "slippers" before balancing themselves on their toes. Depending on the theme of the ballet, individuals may perform in anything from a form-fitting bodysuit to a long, ethereal gown with flowing hair. Since around 1970, when suggested by the theme, ballets have been staged in which costumes have been disposed of for artistic reasons, the dancers instead performing naked.

One of the most influential choreographers of the 20th century was George Balanchine. He worked with Mikhail Baryshnkov[?] and Suzanne Farrell[?].

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