Ballet … a French word for an Italian Art?

Though the word ballet comes to English from French the art is not of French origin.  Ballet, a formalized performance dance, originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century and was further developed in France, England, and Russia.  The French word has its origin in the Italian word balletto, (a diminutive of ballo (dance), which comes from Latin ballo, ballare, meaning “to dance”.  The Latin ballo comes from the Greek “βαλλίζω” (ballizo), “to dance, to jump about”.


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One Response to Ballet … a French word for an Italian Art?

  1. ArtsRMyThing says:

    Very interesting note. Are there any Italian ballets, or should I say balletti, around? Might a company in Cleveland perform one? Could this be a good niche for a company in Cleveland? Im mostly familiar with the “better known” ballets Would love to hear from someone knowledgeable in the field or about Italian ballet.

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