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Delivering an ovation-worthy performance involves much more than just acting. Learn how costumes, lighting, music and special effects help to bring the stage to life.

10 Most Important Ballet Terms

Accomplished ballet dancers make their graceful feats look effortless. Of course, that means we don't notice the hard work that make them look easy -- or the terms to match those moves. Want to learn the meanings of those fancy French words?

The Complicated Relationship Between Men and Dancing

Why are men encouraged to dance in some cultures, but not others?? HowStuffWorks explains. See more »

Hold Thy Horses: Shakespeare's First Folio Is Touring the U.S.

Can't get enough of the Bard? His all-important First Folio may be stopping in a U.S. town near you. Learn more at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

How Burlesque Works

A true burlesque performance doesn't have to depend on taking off clothes. It's about telling a story. Find out how burlesque works at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Gen Con 2012 Costumes

Gen Con is a huge gaming convention held every year in Indanapolis, Ind. See some of the fans' costumes from Gen Con 2012 in this image gallery. See more »

Costumes 101 Pictures

Amazing costumes are the envy at sci-fi conventions and Halloween parties. Check out these pictures to learn the basics of building costumes. See more »

Dragon*Con 2010: Costume Pictures

Dragon*Con 2010 costume pictures is just a glimpse at some of our favorite costumes. See pictures of Dragon*Con 2010 costumes. See more »

Dragon*Con: Historical & Steampunk Costumes

Historical and alternate history costumes were popular at Dragon*Con 2010. See historical and alternate history costume pictures. See more »

10 Most Important Ballet Terms

The 10 most important ballet terms are explained in this article from HowStuffWorks. Learn about the 10 most important ballet terms. See more »

How the Theatre Development Fund Works

The Theatre Development Fund supports performers and theatre goers alike. Visit HowStuffWorks to learn all about the Theatre Development Fund. See more »

How the Metropolitan Opera Works

The Metropolitan Opera is among the most famous opera houses in the world. Visit HowStuffWorks to learn all about the Metropolitan Opera. See more »