People have kept ballet a sport for a very long time. In 1489, during a banquet in Italy the first ballet was performed. Many people think that ballet started in France but ballet wasn’t developed there until 1581. People think this because ballet was a way bigger deal in France.
Le Ballet Comique de la Reine was a big deal. This was of course the first ballet performed in Paris. The ballet had a small plot, but it was made for the entertainment, not the plot. Ballet really became famous in the time of Louis XIV. He even performed in many of the shows.
Do you know Anna Pavlova? What she did? She was a smart woman that was a daughter of a laundry –man. She was also Jewish which was very hard on her. When she was a child she saw the ballet Sleeping Beauty she decided to become a dancer. She then joined the Imperial Ballet at the age of ten and she worked very hard there so she joined the Maryinsky ballet on September 19, 1899.
She began her first tour to Moscow in 1907 and by 1910 she was performing in very famous theaters in America. In 1914 when she was traveling through Germany to get to England, Germany declared a war against Russia which made her connections very hard. That caused Anna to have to have a home in London, England. Her many exotic pets traveled with her. In 1930 she did her last performance, The Immortal Swan. In the Netherlands a year later she died of pleurisy (a disease where the lining of your lung gets weak and very bad can get in your lung).