Degas, 1870 The Dancing Class. The first of Degas's innumerable scenes in the studios and rehersal rooms of the Paris Opera. Here, she awaits the starting note from the ballet master. The watering can (to wet down the rosin on the floor), the top hat as music holder, and the empty violin case are accessories that the artist would continue to use to enliven his ballet pictures. Similarly, the poses that Degas established here would recur in his work until the end of his life.