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Panaji, Apr 15: The 'School of Ballet for Beginners' presented a splendid ballet dance show 'The Grand Ballet Recital' in the Dinananth Mangeshkar Auditorium at Kala Academy.

The Ballet School in collaboration with Goa Kala Academy organized the show. The programme was divided into different Demonstration Sequences like The Centre Formation, The Formation Sequence, The Polka and The Waltz / Formation Sequence. The show also featured Solo performances by Children who had designed their own Choreography.

Some of the Solo Ballet Dance pieces that were presented in the show were Migration, Snow White, Cinderella, Starling Blessing, Little Red Riding Hood, The Little Mermaid, The Bumble Bee, A Witch and her Brew, Pink Panther.

The main highlight of the the programme the group performance called 'Le Jardin Enchante' which was sub-divided into The Garden, The Palace, Prince meets his Garden Girls, The Wedding Celebration and The Grand Finale.

Altogether 66 students between the age group of 4-11 years took part in this unique show.
About Ballet:

The etymology of the word "ballet" corresponds to the art form's development. The word ballet comes from Frence and was borrowed into English around the 17the century. The French word in turn has its origins in Italian balletto, a dimunutive of ballo (dance). Ballet ultimately traces back to Latin ballere, meaning to dance.

Ballet is a specific academic dance form and technique which is taught in ballet schools according to specific methods. There are many ballet schools around the world that specialize in various styles of ballet and different techniques offered. Works of dance choreographed using this technique are called ballets, and usually include dance, mine, acting, and music (usually orchestral but occasionally vocal). Ballet is best known for its unique features and techniques, such as pointe work, turn-out of the legs, and high extensions; its graceful, flowing, precise movements; and its ethereal qualities.


Ballet, especially classical ballet, puts great emphasis on the method and execution of movement. A distintive feature of ballet is the outward rotation of the thighs from the hip. The foundation of the dance consists of five basic positions, all performed with the turnout. Young dancers receive a rigorous education in their school's method of dance, which begins when they are young and ends with graduation from high school.

Students are required to learn the names, meanings, and precise technique of each movement they learn. Emphasis is put on building strength mostly in the lower body, particulary the legs, and the core (also called your center or stomach) as a strong core is necessary for many movements in ballet, especially turns , and on developing flexibility,strong feet for going en pointe and the ability to do splits. 

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