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List Rules Best ballets of all time. Vote up the best, most beautiful ballets.

Back before movies and television, some of the most popular forms of entertainment were live plays at the theatre, operas, symphony concerts, and ballet. While most of these forms of entertainment have faded away to a degree, ballet is still a very popular art form that is extremely powerful and inspirational. What are the best ballets of all time? There's more to this art form than just The Nutcracker.
 
Some of the most famous ballets of all time have remained classic greats for decades, and are still widely celebrated today. However, some modern ballets appear on this list as well.
 
This list features the best ballets in history, ranked as the best by the community and including, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Romeo & Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadere, Le Corsaire, Cinderella, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Vote up the best ballet below or add one you love that isn't already on the list.

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Swan Lake is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Swan Lake Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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The Nutcracker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
The Nutcracker Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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The Sleeping Beauty is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
The Sleeping Beauty Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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Giselle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Giselle Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Théophile Gautier

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Romeo & Juliet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Romeo & Juliet Sergei Prokofiev

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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Cinderella Sergei Prokofiev

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Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Don Quixote Ludwig Minkus

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La Bayadere is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
La Bayadere Ludwig Minkus

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Coppelia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Coppelia Léo Delibes, Charles Nuitter

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Firebird is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Firebird Igor Stravinsky

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A Midsummer Nights Dream is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
A Midsummer Nights Dream Felix Mendelssohn

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La Sylphide is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
La Sylphide August Bournonville

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Esmerelda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Esmerelda Cesare Pugni

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La Fille Mal Gardee is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
La Fille Mal Gardee Jean Dauberval

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Carmen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Carmen Roland Petit, Georges Bizet

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Le Corsaire is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Le Corsaire Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges

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Paquita is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Paquita Joseph Mazilier, Paul Foucher Edouard Deldevez

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Le Sacre Du Printemps is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Le Sacre Du Printemps Igor Stravinsky

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Sheherazade is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Sheherazade Michel Fokine

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Manon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Manon Jules Massenet, Leighton Lucas Martin Yates

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The Pharaoh's Daughter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
The Pharaoh's Daughter Cesare Pugni, Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges

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Raymonda is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Raymonda Alexander Glazunov

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Alice's Adventures in Wonder L... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Alice's Adventures in Wonder Land

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Sylvia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Sylvia Léo Delibes

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Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux Ludwig Minkus

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Apollo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Apollo Igor Stravinsky

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Petrouchka is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Petrouchka Igor Stravinsky

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Symphony in C is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Symphony in C George Balanchine, Igor Stravinsky

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Afternoon of a Faun is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Afternoon of a Faun Claude Debussy, Vaslav Nijinsky

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Anastasia is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Anastasia Ivan Barbotin, Bengt Jorgen

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Grand Pas Classique is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Grand Pas Classique Victor Gsovsky, Daniel Auber

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Bolero is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Bolero Maurice Béjart

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Jewels is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Jewels Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky ^! Igor Stravinsky ^! Gabriel Fauré

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Onegin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Onegin Kurt-Heinz Stolze

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The Serenade is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
The Serenade Victor Herbert

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Diana & Actaeon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Diana & Actaeon Agrippina Vaganova, Cesare Pugni

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Ondine is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Ondine Hans Werner Henze

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Winter Dreams is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Winter Dreams Kenneth MacMillan

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Chopiniana is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Chopiniana Michel Fokine, Frédéric Chopin

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Spectre De La Rose is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Spectre De La Rose Michel Fokine

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Mayerling is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Mayerling Kenneth MacMillan

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Dances at a Gathering is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Dances at a Gathering Jerome Robbins, Frederic Chopin

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The Prince of the Pagodas is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
The Prince of the Pagodas John Cranko

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Le Jeune Homme Et La Mort is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Le Jeune Homme Et La Mort Roland Petit

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Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Rodeo Aaron Copland

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Appalachian Spring is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Appalachian Spring Aaron Copland

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La Sonnambula is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
La Sonnambula George Balanchine, Vittorio Rieti

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Les Noces is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Les Noces Bronislava Nijinska, Igor Stravinsky

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Sinfonietta is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Sinfonietta Jiří Kylián

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Billy the Kid is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Billy the Kid Aaron Copland