One of the fundamental building blocks of flamenco is ballet. The two dances are strongly related and have been fused for generations. Ballet began during renaissance Italy as it was performed in courts. Le Ballet Comique de la Reine was one of the first ballets performed in Paris, France in 1581. King Louis XVI, also known as the Sun King, popularized ballet in France as he participated in ballet performances held in his courts during the 1600s. He danced in high-heeled shoes with large guilt buckles and pointed his toes to show off the buckles. Ironically, his awkward foot movements laid down the foundations for the 5 basic positions in ballet. Like flamenco, ballet dances are very theatrical with themes ranging from dramas, stories, mythology, and of course romance. When first comparing flamenco and ballet, the two seem like complete opposites. One involves loud stomping and rhythmic guitar, while the other is based on soft graceful feet and classical music. Nonetheless, flamenco has undoubtedly adopted many ideas from ballet including the basic five positions. For instance, when dancing Sevillanas, you must always start in what is known as the third position in ballet. Also, a turn in flamenco known as a "vuelta cebrada" greatly resembles a pirouette. Both dances are also known for having many people dancing a synchronized dance. The two dances have also been fused over the years. For instance, ballet has been done with castanets and flamenco has been danced to classical music. Bellow is a video of Sevillanas done to classical music, accenting the influences of ballet on the dance. Below that link is a video to demonstrate a classical ballet piece.