Ballet is an artistic dance form performed to music using precise and highly formalized set steps and gestures. Ballet has a rich history, originating in Italy during the Italian Renaissance (often in tandem with operas), and then in Russia and France in concert form. Ballet is often thought of as the foundation of formal dance training, and its expansive and exclusive French vocabulary is embraced by many genres of modern dance. Our ballet program teaches discipline, precision, grace, and poise--essential elements of dance and success in life. Recreational dancers and aspiring professionals alike revere ballet for its beauty and grace.