The first significant and relevant information about this oil is that Edgar Degas painted two versions of it. He painted a nearly identical piece in the same room, with the same teacher standing in the middle, the same rehearsal and relaxed atmosphere. This is the first one, and it was painted between 1871 and 1874, and the artist temporarily abandoned it. It was picked up then, to produce the nearly identical twin with the similar name, The Dance Class II. The teacher here is Jules Perrot, a famous dancer, and choreographer of his time that would teach his lessons at L’Opera.
Like in the other composition, the ballerinas are standing around the room creating a diagonal line from the left to the right of the piece, and they seem relaxed, in a moment of preparation. The room painted on the other piece called The Dance Class II is clearly the same. It pictures the same massive mirror to the left, as well as the large light source from the right, that despite being out of the canvas shines the light onto the ballerinas and sneaks into the mirror where is possible to see even a little beyond. The window changes from one piece to another, which is understandable as buildings like this would be in constant reformation.
Jules Perrot stands right in the middle of the room, leaning on a light brown staff. He wears a light grey suit. His grey and white hair contrast with his skin. He wears black shoes that show his white socks. The room is painted on a greyish desaturated light green. Details like the frame of the mirror and the columns of the corners are painted on a darker shade of green, and the ground is painted on a beige brown that gains light as it approaches the foreground and the right side of the canvas. The mirror is framed in white. There is a poster on the wall to the left and some sort of staff that has a bow tied to it suggesting it could be a stage prop.
The ballerinas are properly dressed for a presentation, in their white dresses. Each one of them has a different bow color on their dresses. Their hairs are also put up as if they were about to present a proper spectacle, but several details suggest otherwise. On the back wall, as well as in the other painting, some mothers watch the rehearsal. Some ballerinas on the back are sitting down or distracted from the teacher. There is a small dog in front of the ballerina that is standing in the foreground with a fan on her hands.
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