23 September 2021 10am - 11am BST

Perspectives on Romantic Ballet: Beyond Reason (Webinar)

In this webinar, Dr Carol Martin will introduce some of the key characteristics of Romanticism, in particular the preoccupation with feeling over reason, the supernatural, death, the afterlife and the raw power of nature. Participants will identify some of the key proponents of Romantic literature, music and the visual arts. In addition, the webinar will consider the anomaly in ballet history whereby ‘classical ballet’ (under Petipa in Imperial Russia) emerges after, not before, Romantic Ballet. Comparisons between Giselle and The Sleeping Beauty will underpin the discussion.


The aims of this webinar are to:

  • Promote knowledge and understanding of Romanticism as a wider European artistic trend
  • Enhance knowledge and understanding of romanticism in relation to ballet
  • Consider the legacy of Romanticism in 21st century ballet and dance

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this webinar, participants will:

  • Have increased knowledge and understanding of romantic trends in literature, music and the visual arts
  • Have increased knowledge and understanding of romanticism as a rebellion against classical conformity
  • Be able to access online examples of romantic literature, music and visual arts
  • Be able to interpret and evaluate selected images of Romantic Ballet


You will access the webinar via Zoom. You will receive further information within five working days prior to the live broadcast. This webinar will be recorded and it will be available for three months following the date of the live broadcast. You need to book a webinar before the date and time of the live broadcast to guarantee you will have access to the recording.


You will require the following resources:

  • A computer/laptop/tablet with internet connection
  • Speakers or headphones

Webinar Presenter

Dr Carol Martin is a freelance lecturer and dance historian. She taught at the RAD Faculty of Education for several years and has written several articles for Dance Gazette. Carol trained at Elmhurst Ballet School before gaining her LRAD and working as a dance teacher both in the UK and abroad. She subsequently gained undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral degrees at the University of Surrey.

CPD Hours

1 hour Time-Valued CPD


Members of the Royal Academy of Dance receive discounts on all CPD activities.

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Key Information

Time Duration Fee
10am - 11am BST 1h Member Fee: £17.50/€20
Non-Member Fee: £22.50/€25

Who can attend?

  • Current dance students
  • Dance graduates
  • Trainee and early career dance teachers
  • Established dance teachers with an interest in dance history

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