Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917). The Dance Class, 1874. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of Mrs. Harry Payne Bingham, 1986 (1987.47.1) #dance #Degas | When this work and its variant in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris, were painted in the mid-1870s, they constituted Degas's most ambitious figural compositions except for history paintings.

The Dance Class, Edgar Degas (French, Oil on canvas. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. IMPRESSIONIST painting made to look like snapshot photography.

LES MISÉRABLES 30th Anniversary Postcards. Michael Colbourne as ‘Enjolras’.

Do you hear the people sing? Michael Colbourne as ‘Enjolras’.

The Leicester Square Theatre in 1939

leicester square theatre - odeon west end 1939

Edward Askew Sothern, 1826-1881, English actor; best known for the part of Lord Dundreary in "Our American Cousin." He was on the stage the night Abraham Lincoln was assassinated

Edward Askew Sothern April 1826 – 20 January was an English actor known for his comic roles in Britain and America, particularly Lord Dundreary in Our American Cousin.

Rita Hayworth as Salome

Rita Hayworth’s “Salome” costume

Anna Pavlova, costume by Leon Bakst for Swan Lake, 1905

Anna Pavlova, costume by Leon Bakst for Swan Lake, 1905 by Gatochy.

William Merritt Chase (American, 1849–1916). Carmencita, 1890. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Sir William Van Horne, 1906 (06.969) | Carmencita, the dancer known as "The Pearl of Seville," was born Carmen Dauset (or Dausset) in 1868 in Almería, Spain, and became famous in Spain and France during the 1880s. #dance

Carmencita, 1890 William Merritt Chase (American, Oil on canvas; x cm) Gift of Sir William Van Horne, 1906

Glossary term: Performance Art Performance art is where an artist uses their own body as a art medium and the artwork takes the form of actions performed by the artist. This term is suitable for secondary school and further education. Bruce McLean, 'Pose Work for Plinths 3' 1971

Bruce McLean Pose Work for Plinths 3 1971 Originally conceived as a performance at the Situation Gallery in McLean’s poses are an ironic and humorous commentary on what he considered to be the.

The Symphony in C dancers preparing to go onstage at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. Photo Courtesy of Jordan Hammond.

San Francisco Ballet-Dancer, Jordan Hammond, shot of the Symphony in C dancers heading to the stage.

Performance Art 101: Dance Magic Dance Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker 'Fase: Four movements to the Music of Steve Reich' 1982 Photo: Herman Sorgeloos

Performance Art Dance Magic Dance Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker 'Fase: Four movements to the Music of Steve Reich' 1982 Photo: Herman Sorgeloos

George Platt Lynes (American, 1907–1955).  Eugene Loring and Annabelle Lyon in "Harlequin for President," 1936, printed ca. 1953. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Lincoln Kirstein, 1986 (1986.1110.9) © Estate of George Platt Lynes #dance

George Platt Lynes (American, Eugene Loring and Annabelle Lyon in "Harlequin for President," printed ca. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Lincoln Kirstein, 1986 © Estate of George Platt Lynes

Cheryl Barker as Salome. Opera Australia 2012.

Cheryl Barker as Salome.

Kristina Lind warming up for a performance of Giselle.

Kristina Lind warming up for a performance of Giselle.

Backstage during Tomasson's Giselle.

Backstage during Tomasson's Giselle.

Ava Gardner, from the movie "The Hucksters," 1947. Luther Davis Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.

Ava Gardner, from the movie "The Hucksters," Luther Davis Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.

Alicia Markova as Giselle Print l £17.50 l V&A Shop

Giselle as performed by Alicia Markova, Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo, 1937

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