Two Major Styles of Ballet

An experienced attorney admitted to practice in several states, Joseph Solfanelli represents clients ranging from banks to independent business owners. Outside of his legal work, Joseph Solfanelli enjoys opera, classical music, and ballet.

The art of ballet was developed in the 15th century during the Italian Renaissance. Modern ballet, which incorporates elements of opera and theater, traces its origins to the French court of King Louis XIV. Since then, ballet has evolved into the classical form perhaps most widely seen today in productions of The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, as well as two principal variations: neoclassical ballet and contemporary ballet.

Developed during the 1920s, neoclassical ballet is built on the foundation of classical ballet but is usually a one-act or plotless performance. The tempo is usually faster and the dramatic development less symmetrical than classical ballet, with less elaborate costumes and sets. Another major style, contemporary ballet, combines modern dance and classical ballet. Although it began in the 1930s, the most significant innovations in contemporary ballet occurred in the 1970s and 1980s. Featuring both bare feet and pointe shoes, it also incorporates floor work in its choreography.