Ballet is a highly technical dance. It forms and defines the foundational techniques of many dance genres including modern, contemporary/lyrical and even acrobatics. Ballet is characterized by technical precision, fluidity and gracefulness with elegant, clean lines. Fast foot work is utilized in order to give the impression that the dancer is drifting lightly across the stage. This classical dance form demands grace and precision and employing formalized steps and gestures set in intricate flowing patterns to create expression through movement.