Ballet Evolved – The First Four Centuries: The Men….


Some vets will recognize many names here . . .

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Carlo Blasis 1797-1878  

Widely regarded as one of the fathers of modern ballet, Former ballet mistress  for the Royal Ballet, Ursula Hageli explains how Carlo Blasis’s writings have inspired the ballet techniques of today. With demonstration from Royal Ballet dancer Marcelino Sambé. Piano – Tim Qualtrough.

Blasis is well known for his very rigorous dance classes, sometimes lasting four hours long. Blasis insisted that his students learn theories and definitions of dance steps. He trained all of Enrico Cecchetti’s teachers and it is thought that Blasis’s influence in his training is what led Cecchetti to create the Cecchetti method of ballet.

Auguste Vestris 1760-1842

Join Ursula Hageli as she introduces “le dieu de la danse” – Auguste Vestris. With performance from Royal Ballet dancer Valentino Zucchetti. Trained solely and with the greatest care by his father, Gaétan Vestris, Auguste Vestris made a single unofficial appearance at the Opéra (and was…

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2 thoughts on “Ballet Evolved – The First Four Centuries: The Men….

  1. It is with great sorrow I have learned that Richard Holden passed away on October 14, 2015, from complications of cancer. I believe he died in Arizona. Please extend my heartfelt condolences to his family and many friends and colleagues in the art of dance. He was a bright light that will be sorely missed.

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