Ballet began in the 15th century in the Italian Renaissance courts as a form of entertainment for royalty. Produced by the aristocrats of that age, it would be some time before ballet would be performed in a theater. In the late 17th century, Louix XIV created the first formal school, the Paris Opera Ballet who performed ballets in the theater setting. It is art, it is refined movement, it is theatrical. It has been studied and designed throughout the world ever since it began and continues to draw in children to study with its beauty and grace to this day.