Beautiful Ballet Belly

Ballet is a minefield of Elite Gender Inversion with traditions going back to the Italian renaissance* and later popularized in France by Catherine de Medici (1519-1589) . The dancers were the nobles themselves and Ballet served primarily to demonstrate national wealth and magnificence. Under Louis XIV (1638-1715) Ballet became increasingly popular which led to the foundation of the Royal Dance Academy in Paris 1661 and not much later – the first professional ballet dancing company (1669). Together with the national dance institutions, Ballet became a full time art-form and practiced by trained professional dancers, as today.      Continue reading