The Paris Opéra Ballet was the birthplace of ballet as we know it today. Before its inauguration under the patronage of Louis XIV, ballet was strictly for the private enjoyment of the nobility. Not only did a wider audience begin to enjoy the art of ballet as a result of the Paris Opéra Ballet's popularity, but it also became the birthplace of Romantic Ballet, the graceful, ethereal form of dance which emphasizes the delicate beauty of femininity. Indeed, before the advent of this form of ballet, men not only took the leading roles in ballet dances, but even performed the female roles in public performances.
Dancers of the Paris Opéra Ballet were largely responsible for the spread of ballet to Russia
. There, this art form reached even greater heights, later returning to Europe and America to reinvigorate itself further. Here, a direct connection to the Unification Movement may be seen. For example, in her years at the Kirov Ballet
, Paris Opéra Ballet star Marie Taglioni
helped establish a tradition that would one day intersect powerfully with Unificationism. In the 1990s, the tradition of the Kirov Ballet Academy, in the person of artistic director Oleg Vinogradov, would move to Washington DC
and come under the patronage of Julia Moon, the daughter-in-law of the Reverend and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon
, herself deeply influenced by the style that originated with the Paris Opera Ballet.