In the first of our Tuesday Trivia blog posts, we're taking a look back thorugh time top round up some trivia you might not have known!
Ballet began in the Italian renaissance courts of the 15th Century, later evolving through both Russia and France, notably assisted by Italian aristocrat, Catherine de Medici, who was Queen of France by marriage.
In it's earliest guise in the royal courts, ballet dancers wore large masks, heavy costumes and headdresses which, whilst beautiful to the eye, restricted movement drastically. Therefore the dancing itself consisted mainly of turns, hops, slides, curtsies and other gentle movements - much different to the athletism and artistry seen now!
Until 1681, female roles in ballets in France were mainly taken by young men - in fact - the famous dancer and choreographer Jean-Baptiste Lully often cast King Louis XIV in his ballets. King Louis had made his ballet debut as a boy and was widely noted for his 1653 performance as Apollo in Le Ballet de la Nuit.