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- Ballet as we know it today began in the Italian Renaissance around 1500 when Catherine de Medici of Italy married the French King Henry II.
- Professional dancers train and practice every day for an average of six hours, as well as cross-training with other forms of exercise to improve their technique and physical fitness.
- Because of the strong demands on the body, many dancers only are career dancers into their 30’s before transitioning to other roles.
- Pointe shoes were thought to be invented by dancer Marie Taglioni in the ballet La Sylphide in 1832.
- A professional ballerina wears through two to three pairs of pointe shoes per week.
- The body releases endorphins while dancing, which are chemicals in the brain that are responsible for positive moods and also act as natural painkillers.
- Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1892. It is a popular two-act ballet that is performed primarily during the Christmas season.
Needing Something New For Decking the Halls?
I have listed each of the 12 Days of Christmas series (so far) on my new Etsy shop! So that means that you have the possibility of being able to add this beautiful painting (or the others) to your collection or gift it to a special someone for Christmas. As my gift to you, free shipping within the US for any of the paintings in this series (more details on the site). There are also other gift-able items in the shop to check out!