There are many ballet dancers that were revolutionary and were instrumental for dance, and it can benefit people who love ballet to know a bit about these celebrated and groundbreaking dancers because they transformed the arts. Marie Taglioni was one such inspiring ballet dancer. She was an Italian/Swedish ballerina who lived from 1804-1884 and danced during the Romantic ballet era. The famous, beautiful ballet La Sylphide was created for her, and this work is still performed today. Taglioni’s strong feet caused dancing en pointe to become popular, and she was one of the first ballerinas to shorten her skirts to show off her amazing pointe work.