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Ballet technique is the foundational principles of body movement and form used in ballet. It is an important aspect of ballet performance because ballet (especially classical ballet) puts great emphasis on the method and execution of movement. The techniques found in classical ballet are a framework for many other styles of dance, including jazz and contemporary ballet.

Aspects of ballet technique include body alignment and posture, turnout (rotating legs outward at the hips), toe pointing, pulling up, and ballon (exhibiting the appearance of gravity-defying lightness during leaps). Pointe technique is the part of ballet technique concerned with dancing on the tips of fully extended feet. Ballet technique is largely consistent throughout the world, though there are minor variations among the different styles of classical ballet. Together with stylistic differences, these variations produce an aesthetic and physicality of performance that is unique to each style.

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Bussell at a curtain call after a performance of  Theme and Variations
Darcey Andrea Bussell CBE (born Marnie Mercedes Darcey Pemberton Crittle) is a retired English ballerina, and is currently one of the four judges on the BBC reality show Strictly Come Dancing. Trained at the Arts Educational School and the Royal Ballet School, Bussell started her professional career at Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet, but after only one year she moved to The Royal Ballet, where she became a principal dancer at just 20 years old in 1989, at that time the youngest person to be made a principal since the company received its royal charter in 1956. Bussell is widely acclaimed as one of the great British ballerinas.

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Ballerina Jocelyn Vollmar en pointe
Credit: Ballerina Jocelyn Vollmar en pointe, photograph published by Borovansky Ballet, Australia, 1947

Dancing en pointe is the act of standing on the tips of the toes while performing steps from ballet. It requires strength and skill and is a central part of a female ballet dancer's training and repertoire.l

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Billy Elliot the Musical is a stage musical with music and lyrics by Sir Elton John. It began as a movie of the same title in 2000. The story is set in Durham, England during the 1980s miners strike. Billy (the son of a miner) has to undergo various hardships after discovering a love of dance. He eventually wins a place at the Royal Ballet School and the film ends with a view into the future, where we see the adult Billy (Adam Cooper) performing the lead role in Matthew Bourne's production of the ballet Swan Lake.

The stage musical opened in 2005 at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London's West End, costing an estimated £5.5 million. An Australian production opened at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney in 2007 and a Broadway production opened at the Imperial Theatre, New York City in 2008. A new production is planned in Seoul, South Korea. In London, the dream sequence in Act II features Barnaby Meredith, a graduate of the Royal Ballet School, who danced with Dutch National Ballet prior to joining the cast of the musical. The New York production features Stephen Hanna of the New York City Ballet.

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