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Japanese: Are They The Best Asian in Ballet?

We know ballet wasn’t born in Asia but it has been flourished in Asian countries long enough to become acceptable. Almost every Asian countries have their ballet companies; however, which country brings the best to the world?

The answer seems to be Japan due to the highest number of ballet companies and ballet schools in the country. Moreover, japanese dancers, both native and half a nationality, became successful not just only in Japan. They’re also promoted as principal dancers in the world greatest ballet companies.

There are a lot of other japanese dancers who brought their nationality to proudly stand among European and American dancers. We might not be able to judge whether japanese dancers are the best Asian in Ballet or not. However, from what we’ve seen and heard, they 99% deserve to accept the winning.

Story sources from Wikipedia and Balletcompanies

Photograph from Irenebrination

Ballet has its nationalities!

Even though we use the word “Ballet” to describe this beautiful kind of dance, Ballet itself has different nationalities, or let’s say, it has multifarious styles.

There are 4 styles of ballet which some are nearly similar, and  some that are totally different from each other. Russian, French, Italian and British are the nationalities that we’re talking about.

  • Russian Ballet is originated in Russia. It emphasizes a soft expression of upper bodywork, with extra attention focused on the line of dancers. However, it’s very strong and clean without robotic stiffness.

Carlotta Grisi and Jules Perrot, the most famous Italian ballet dancers

  • French Ballet is characterized by an emphasis on accuracy and elegance. It is an extremely strong style, with great speed and quantity of steps. The music played slower than movement is the concept of French Ballet.

  • Italian Ballet is considered to concern for anatomy and development of dancers through strict training. The idea of Italian style is to learn by studying principle dancers’ basic rather than being stimulated by teachers.

  • British Ballet is focused on clean, precise technique and purity of line. British Ballet is indicated for its slow progression. Dancers pay a great attention to correct basic techniques in the early years of training, to adapt to advanced techniques later on.

Although ballet is originated from a variety of regions, there has never been a fight. Because for us who have ballet in our lives, wherever we come from, whatever styles we heart, we live in the same spiritual sublime world.

Story source from Wikipedia

Photograph from Art.com