Twentieth Century Ballet

Mikhail Fokine

Then, in 1904, Mikhail Fokine rose to popularity and came up with the five principles of ballet, including using one’s entire body for expression, stressing the importance of everyone’s involvement onstage, and that dance truly is an art. According to Fokine, “Dancing is the poetry of movement” (Marks 183). He is also known for his choreography of the Dying Swan in 1907 for ballerina Anna Pavlova, as seen in the video below.