Have you ever thought “I don’t think I want to go to the ballet…,” but once you do you are absolutely captivated? Professor Tom Kelly may not be a ballet expert, but as a former Chair of the Harvard Music Department, as well as a lecturer at The Julliard School, he knows a thing or two about this global performing art. In this talk, Kelly will make some connections between the terms we might recognize (plié, pirouette, etc.) and the movements of dance. We’ll also discuss where ballet comes from, and how it fits into the history of theater and opera. By highlighting some of the ballet’s most famous examples, such as The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, he’ll show you what to look for and expect (…when, and if, you go again).