First Professional Female Ballerina

Mlle. Lafontaine was the first professional ballerina to appear in Jean-Baptiste Lully's Le Triomphe de l'amour (The Triumph of Love) at the Paris Opera in 1681. Continue reading

Lully Composed the Minuet

Jean Baptiste Lully, Italian-born composer composed the Minuet in 1653 while in the service of King Louis XIV. Continue reading

Maria Taglioni

Marie Taglioni, Comtesse Gilbert de Voisins (23 April 1804 – 22 April 1884) was a Swedish ballet dancer of the Romantic ballet era, a central figure in the history of European dance. Continue reading

Maria Taglioni Wears a Tutu

Maria Taglioni was the first ballerina to wear a tutu during the performance of La Sylphide at Paris Opera on March 12, 1832. Continue reading

Maria Taglioni First Ballerina Dances on Point

Maria Taglioni was the first ballerina to dance on point or her toes during a performance of La Sylphide, at the Paris Opera on March 12, 1832. Continue reading

First book on the Dance History

A book was published on the dance history in France by Claude-Francois Menestrier, in 1682. The book was Des ballets anciens et modernes (On Dances Ancient and Modern),
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