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The All-Time Best Ballets

Updated January 4, 2021 25.1k votes 5.3k voters 136.7k views71 items

List RulesBest 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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    The Lady of the Camellias

    Harris Masterson , Norman Twain
    The Lady of the Camellias is a 1963 theater production of a play....
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    Mayerling

    Kenneth MacMillan
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    54

    Gayanee

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    Carmen

    Roland Petit, Georges Bizet
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    45

    The Bright Stream

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    37

    Anna Karenina

    Anna Karenina is a 1992 theater production of the play by Peter Kellogg....
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    182
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    Onegin

    Kurt-Heinz Stolze
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    201
    76

    Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux

    Ludwig Minkus
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    32

    The Dying Swan

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    Marguerite and Armand

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    Apollo

    Igor Stravinsky
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    29

    The Taming of the Shrew

    William Shakespeare

    CharactersPetruchio, Kate, Tranio, Grumio, Baptista Minola

    The Taming of the Shrew is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1590 and 1592. The play begins with a framing device, often referred to as the Induction, in which a...  more
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    Le Sacre Du Printemps

    Igor Stravinsky
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    157
    75

    Sheherazade

    Michel Fokine
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    86
    21

    Napoli

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    Petrouchka

    Igor Stravinsky
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    74
    21

    Carmen Suite

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    Symphony in C

    George Balanchine, Igor Stravinsky
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    99
    44

    Grand Pas Classique

    Victor Gsovsky, Daniel Auber
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    Afternoon of a Faun

    Claude Debussy, Vaslav Nijinsky
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    Anastasia

    Ivan Barbotin, Bengt Jorgen
    Anastasia is a musical with music and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, and a book by Terrence McNally. Based on the 1997 film of the same name, the musical tells the story of the legend of...  more

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    Diana & Actaeon

    Agrippina Vaganova, Cesare Pugni
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    The Golden Age

    Stanley Flink , Nicholas Benton
    The Golden Age is a 1984 theater production of a play by A. R. Gurney, Jr....
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    Bolero

    Maurice Béjart
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    Chopiniana

    Michel Fokine, Frédéric Chopin