Ballet is the core, the roots, the basis of dance. It is the catalyst for all of the other genres to blossom into their own innovation. It provides such a definitive technique — from the way one positions their head to the way one elongates their fingers. The art form of dance has evolved since 15th century Italy and it continues to adapt to the contemporary world. I have choreographed and performed in contemporary ballet pieces that take the rules of ballet and created new shapes and textures. Instead of portraying lines that make the body look as graceful and elongated, I experimented with things such as how one tilts their hips forwards or backwards, how contracted their upper body was, and the position of their hands.