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1. Concept

Ballet is the general term for the form of display dance, or stage dance, that was typical of early modern Europe from the late 16th century, as distinct from non-theatrical forms of dance, such as cultic, social, or popular dance. The historical development of ballet unfolded in the context of the history of European musical theater (primarily courtly). In terms of the history of material, form…

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Jacobshagen, Arnold, “Ballet”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 20 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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