Classical ballet is any of the traditional, formal styles of ballet that exclusively employ classical ballet technique.
It is known for its aesthetics and rigorous technique (such as pointe work, turnout of the legs, and high extensions), its flowing, precise movements, and its ethereal qualities. There are stylistic variations related to an area or origin, which are denoted by classifications such as Russian ballet, French ballet, British ballet and Italian ballet.
Students typically learn ballet terminology and the pronunciation, meaning, and precise body form and movement associated with each term.
Emphasis is placed on developing flexibility and strengthening the legs, feet, and body core (the center, or abdominals) as a strong core is essential for turns and many other ballet movements.
After learning basic ballet technique and developing sufficient strength and flexibility, female dancers begin to learn pointe technique and male and female dancers begin to learn partnering and more advanced jumps and turns.
Depending on the teacher and training system, students may progress through various stages or levels of training as their skills advance.