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c. 600 BC
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The choros, originally danced in a circle by temple virgins, is the centrepiece of the developing Greek theatre      
c. 600 BC
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Frenzied dances, in honour of the god Dionysus, become part of Greek theatre - deriving probably from the northeast, in Thrace       
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The first dramatic ballet, the Balet Comique de la Reine, is presented during French wedding festivities      
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The 14-year-old Louis XIV dances in a court ballet as Apollo, wearing a glorious sun costume, and finds that he likes the role      
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Louis XIV establishes a royal dancing academy and soon follows it with a music academy       
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A professional ballet company in Paris introduces female dancers and the world's first prima ballerina, Mlle de Lafontaine      
Robert Schumann's first published composition is Papillons ('Butterflies'), twelve short dance pieces for piano       
Coppélia, with choreography by Arthur Saint-Léon to music by Delibes, has its premiere at the Paris Opera        
c. 1873
French painter Edgar Degas finds inspiration in the onstage and backstage world of ballet dancers      
The ballet Swan Lake, with choreography by Julius Wenzel Reisinger to music by Tchaikovsky, has its premiere at the Bolshoi in Moscow