This article is from the Ballet and Modern Dance FAQ, by Tom Parsons email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
Ballet first arose in Russia during the reign of the Empress Anne,
who is responsible for the founding of the Russian Imperial Academy in 1735.
During the 19th century, a number of teachers found their way to Russia,
where they revolutionized Russian ballet, to the extent that the center of
ballet could fairly be said to have moved from France to Russia. Among the
many figures associated with Russian ballet were Didelot and Petipa.