Ballet is a form of dance that developed in the courts of Renaissance Italy. Ballet has since spread to all the corners of the world reaching new heights of perfection in Russia and now worldwide. You can view professional ballet companies on every continent. Ballet is a theatrical form of dance and is usually danced with the idea of an audience viewing it from a fixed perspective. Ballet can be a very expressive art form, telling stories and showing emotions, or the work can be abstract. Ballet is an essential introduction to other forms of dance that can help distinguish dancers that are more classically trained from those who are not.