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Published on Feb 3, 2009
This is the first of a new series on dance. Formalized ballet originated in the Renaissance courts of Italy and France, and was soon taken up by Russia and refined to what we now know as classical ballet. It is so graceful an art form that artists have always been drawn to it. Here are more than 100 examples of ballet as seen by some of the world's better artists. Tchaikovsky provides the music from two of his more popular ballet works. First we will hear a portion of Swan Lake, followed by dance of the toy soldiers from the Nutcracker Suite. (Oops, the music police said I couldn't use this lovely ballet music, so I have gone to the YouTube swap area and have chosen Bach's "Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major. This is NOT ballet music, but hey, how can one argue with the music police?)