History of Dance

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Court Dances

1400 - 1600

King Louis XIV established the Royal Academy of Music and Ballet

1661

first school of ballet

Marinsky Ballet founded

1745

grew into Imperial Russian Ballet

Romantic Ballet

1829 - 1850

Classical Ballet

1870 - 1900

Jazz dance beginnings

1900

Ballet Russe

1909 - 1929

Modern Dance beginnings

1910

Tap Dancing

1920 - 1929

Tap dancing is the predominant form in musical theater

Transformation of Jazz

1930 - 1969

from vernacular to theatrical

American Ballet Theater Established

1937

Contemporary Dance beginnings

1944

Ballet Society formed

1946

organization founded by Balanchine and Kiersten interested in bringing ballet to America

New York City Ballet established

1948

Hip Hop beginnings

1970