A classical dance form characterized by grace and precision of movement and by elaborate formal gestures, steps, poses and flowing patterns to create expression through movement.

Ballet is a theatrical presentation of group or solo dancing to a musical accompaniment, conveying a story or theme to establish an emotional atmosphere.

The first professional ballet company, the Paris Opera Ballet arose from The Académie Royale de Musique (the Paris Opera)

This origin is reflected in the predominance of French in the vocabulary of ballet.