Dance The All-Time Best Ballets  

Buster McDermott
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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 Sleeping Beauty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
The Sleeping Beauty Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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The Winter's Tale is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
alexandercuje added The Winter's Tale Christopher Wheeldon

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Romeo & Juliet is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Romeo & Juliet Sergei Prokofiev

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The Nutcracker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
The Nutcracker Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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Giselle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Giselle Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Théophile Gautier

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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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Coppelia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Coppelia Léo Delibes, Charles Nuitter

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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Cinderella Sergei Prokofiev

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La Bayadere is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
La Bayadere Ludwig Minkus

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Alice's Adventures in Wonder L... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
piepuppy added Alice's Adventures in Wonder Land

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Firebird is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Firebird Igor Stravinsky

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La Sylphide is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
La Sylphide August Bournonville

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Manon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Manon Jules Massenet, Leighton Lucas, Martin Yates

The Greatest Russian Ballets

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Esmerelda is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Esmerelda Cesare Pugni

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La Fille Mal Gardee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
La Fille Mal Gardee Jean Dauberval

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Le Corsaire is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Le Corsaire Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges

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Spartacus is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
qinfanrui added Spartacus

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The Pharaoh's Daughter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
The Pharaoh's Daughter Cesare Pugni, Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges

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A Midsummer Nights Dream is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
A Midsummer Nights Dream Felix Mendelssohn

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Carmen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Carmen Roland Petit, Georges Bizet

The Greatest Broadway Stars of All Time

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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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Anna Karenina is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
qinfanrui added Anna Karenina

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Paquita is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Paquita Joseph Mazilier, Paul Foucher, Edouard Deldevez

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Jewels is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
samarakoseff added Jewels Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky , Igor Stravinsky , Gabriel Fauré

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Sylvia is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Sylvia Léo Delibes

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Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux Ludwig Minkus

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Le Sacre Du Printemps is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Le Sacre Du Printemps Igor Stravinsky

The Greatest Contemporary Ballets

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Sheherazade is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Sheherazade Michel Fokine

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Marguerite and Armand is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
qinfanrui added Marguerite and Armand

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Anastasia is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Anastasia Ivan Barbotin, Bengt Jorgen

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Symphony in C is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Symphony in C George Balanchine, Igor Stravinsky

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Petrouchka is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Petrouchka Igor Stravinsky

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Bolero is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Bolero Maurice Béjart

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Onegin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Onegin Kurt-Heinz Stolze

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Grand Pas Classique is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Grand Pas Classique Victor Gsovsky, Daniel Auber

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Apollo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Apollo Igor Stravinsky

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

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Afternoon of a Faun is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Afternoon of a Faun Claude Debussy, Vaslav Nijinsky

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The dying swan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
qinfanrui added The dying swan

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Diana & Actaeon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Diana & Actaeon Agrippina Vaganova, Cesare Pugni

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The Flames of Paris is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
qinfanrui added The Flames of Paris

The Best Shakespeare Film Adaptations

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Chopiniana is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Chopiniana Michel Fokine, Frédéric Chopin

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The Bright Stream is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
qinfanrui added The Bright Stream

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The Lady of the Camellias is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
qinfanrui added The Lady of the Camellias Harris Masterson , Norman Twain , Carroll Masterson

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Spectre De La Rose is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Spectre De La Rose Michel Fokine

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Carmen Suite is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
qinfanrui added Carmen Suite

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The Serenade is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
The Serenade Victor Herbert

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The Taming of the Shrew is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
qinfanrui added The Taming of the Shrew William Shakespeare

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The Prince of the Pagodas is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
The Prince of the Pagodas John Cranko