In 1661 Luis XIV of France, the Sun king, created the L’Académie Royale de Danse. This first academic Ballet training in the history of Europe included, amongst others, 16 Basque dantzaris (dancers) which the king had seen perform at his wedding the previous year at Saint Jean de Luz. Classical Ballet was born with five positions from Beauchamps and the stylised and refined music of Lully in the French court, inspired by the fashions and manners of the Italy of the Medici. This was the first time that the characters from Basque dance made their contribution to international ballet. This led to the following appearing amongst the steps of Classical Ballet: Pas de Basque: step where first of all a round rond de jambe is performed followed by a jump. Saut Basque: a jump where the ballerina spins in the air while holding a foot on the other knee. Many years later, in the 20th century, Segundo Olaeta closes this circle: after training his own children in classical ballet in Paris, he opened the first Basque Ballet and Classical Dances academy in 1950, bringing together Basque folklore, stylising and harmonising it with Classical Ballet. The tours around the world (France, Canada and USA) in the 1950s and 60s and his many performances in the best theatres and on television witnessed his great contribution.