Ballet emerged in the late 15th-century Renaissance court culture of Italy as a dance interpretation of fencing, and further developed in the French court from the time of Louis XIV in the 17th century. The Sun King (Louis XIV) was a passionate dancer and loved having ballets staged at the Palace of Versailles. In 1661 the Académie Royale de Danse, today called the Paris Ballet Opera, was established in France.

No wonder then that French is considered the language of ballet as many of the terms and steps were created by the King himself or his court and they are still in use, for the majority. Many ballet instructors strive to teach their young dancers the French ballet vocabulary but the pronunciation might be the biggest challenge. There is a multitude of websites with the terms, their definitions and their pronunciations to help the students better understand the technical terms used in this art.