It’s a beautiful day, World Ballet Day, to celebrate the historic and beautiful art form. Ballet, as a dance and art, began during the Renaissance in Italy in the 16th Century and was later introduced in France. As the dance grew in style, opulence and refinement so did its international footprint. By the mid-19th Century, many nations (most notably France, Russia, and Italy) developed an iconic style, with the United States coming into the ballet scene prominently in the 20th Century.
We’ve curated this gallery of beautiful ballet photography so you can spread the beautiful convergence of art forms. Tell us in a comment which photo or video is your favorite depiction of ballet.