Did you know? In 1784, Louis XVI passed a decree which allowed the Paris Opera Ballet School to create a special class for children under 12, to allow dancers to begin their training and education at an earlier age. [image: Detail from a painting depicting Marie Antoinette and her siblings performing to celebrate the marriage of Joseph II by Georg Weikert; © Château de Versailles, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Christophe Fouin]