A series of ten lectures on the history of dance created by Marco Pelle; each Dancetime Story is accompanied by a choreography, specially created by Pelle for the ICI of New York, and performed by Luciana Paris (American Ballet Theater) and Jonatan Lujan (formerly Ballett Zürich, Victor Ullate Ballet and Ballet Argentino de Julio Bocca). In the second lecture, Pelle discusses the Romantic aesthetics of female beauty as illness, weakness, and madness, and its transposition into opera and ballet. Pelle explains how, in the Romantic period, the ideal of female beauty was linked to paleness, fainting, and physical weakness in general. Thus, in opera and ballet, plots centered on the illness of the female protagonist in love increased and scenes of fainting or hysteria became topical. Pelle takes into analysis Giselle, which contains the most famous scene of female hysteria in the history of ballet, and in particular Carla Fracci’s interpretation, which marked a crucial turning point in the modern rendering of the work. Finally, he discusses the paradigm shift brought about by industrialization, which led towards the emancipation of the female figure from such a stereotype of weakness and fragility; however, such Romantic aesthetics was still persistent even in the twentieth century, especially in Italian opera and in ballets such as The Dying Swan.