Ballet is a popular form of dancing that has enchanted people for centuries. It's primarily associated with Russia and France, but there are ballet companies all over the world and people of all ages and walks of life can appreciate the simple beauty that ballet dancing puts forward.
The graceful image of a slender girl twirling on pointed toes in a romantic duet with a man is really awe inspiring, and many of us- although we may not realise it- could easily hum a few famous ballet tunes like the Nutcracker or Swan Lake.
However, what a lot of people don't know is that ballet actually started in the Italian royal courts in the 15th century before the French took interest in it and developed it even further.
This is why most of the terms you'll hear in ballet are in French.
The term ballet comes from the Latin word "ballare" which quite aptly means "to dance".
Ballet is often associated with opera in both the past and the present, and it's very common to have long ballet sequences in operas and operettas.