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Ballet is an old and classic art form, first practiced in the early 15th century. It gained popularity nearly two centuries later when King Louis XIV standardized it in his court. Ballet continued to evolve and the productions became more and more elaborate, moving from court displays to classical story ballets. As a result of its rising popularity, ballet has spread throughout the world. Today, you will find Vaganova (Russian), Cechetti (Italian), Bournonville (Danish), École Françiase (french), and many other styles practiced and performed. However, although the style and approach to ballet has changed, the underlying principles have remained the same. Each and every step relies on the laws of physics to be enacted with both grace and power.

Taylor Seitz, Physics 212, 2016

Image by The Australian Ballet

The Physics of Ballet