A certain style of burlesque ballet that thrived during the 1620s reveals a great deal about how dance can reflect power dynamics between the king and the nobility. The burlesque ballets often featured cross-dressing, role reversals, profanity and political allusions. The nobility was often portrayed as an androgyne, receptive to the king's power. Role reversals allowed the nobility to challenge this power, if only within the confines of the dance. The symbolic nature of the body is analyzed in the context of the 'body politic.'