After many years of dogged practice, Perdue says, "I became physically stronger, mentally clearer.It was so transformative and healing to me." See also: Sign up for AARP's Health Newsletter Perdue is a convert to the church of dance – which some people consider a cure for much of what ails us.Ballet originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th and 16th centuries before being spread from Italy to France by an Italian aristocrat, Catherine de' Medici, who became Queen of France.In France, ballet developed even further under her aristocratic influence.Then a friend introduced her to a modern dance class.Although she only had the strength to watch, she "was so emotionally moved by its beauty," she kept going, and eventually was able to participate: First she'd just breathe deeply, and move her arms while seated, then could stand for longer periods during the class.
Her daughter was born with a disability that hindered her breathing and Charlene would often have to resuscitate her.Work hours are highly irregular and may include days of rehearsal followed by evenings of performance, seven days a week. Dancers must display creativity, teamwork and persistence.Travel is often required as a professional dancer, sometimes to exotic destinations. Additionally, about 15% of these workers are self-employed, according to the U. Additionally, they need balance, knowledge of dance techniques and physical stamina.) is a type of performance dance that originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century and later developed into a concert dance form in France and Russia.It has since become a widespread, highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary based on French terminology.