My Beautiful Ballerina
She's your very own ballerina to dress up and love. Dress her up, style her hair, and with a touch of your finger help her to do real spinning pirouettes in her realistic ballet school environment. Press down on the ballet beam to hear and dance to enchanting ballet music. You can choreograph real dance numbers. Includes how to ballet book for hours of fun.
The history of ballet dates back to the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th and 16th centuries, where it began as an elaborate form of court entertainment. It was Catherine de' Medici, an Italian noblewoman and the Queen of France, who played a significant role in bringing ballet to France, where it gained more formal structure. The establishment of the Académie Royale de Danse in 1661 by King Louis XIV marked a pivotal moment, institutionalizing ballet as an art form and leading to the creation of professional dancers. Ballet subsequently spread throughout Europe, notably taking root in Russia, where it experienced significant development and gave birth to many of the classical ballets we know today, like "Swan Lake" and "The Nutcracker." Over the years, ballet evolved from a courtly performance intended to showcase the elegance and etiquette of the aristocracy, to a highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary. In the 20th century, it further diversified, giving rise to contemporary ballet and other forms that experiment with movement, narrative, and performance space. Today, ballet is a global art form that continues to captivate audiences with its beauty, storytelling, and technical prowess.