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.
The Lady of the CamelliasHarris Masterson , Norman TwainThe Lady of the Camellias is a 1963 theater production of a play....
CarmenRoland Petit, Georges Bizet
The Bright Stream
Anna KareninaAnna Karenina is a 1992 theater production of the play by Peter Kellogg....
Tchaikovsky Pas De DeuxLudwig Minkus
The Dying Swan
Marguerite and Armand
Characters: Petruchio, Kate, Tranio, Grumio, Baptista MinolaThe 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
Le Sacre Du PrintempsIgor Stravinsky
Symphony in CGeorge Balanchine, Igor Stravinsky
Grand Pas ClassiqueVictor Gsovsky, Daniel Auber
Afternoon of a FaunClaude Debussy, Vaslav Nijinsky
- 11157Anastasia 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
Diana & ActaeonAgrippina Vaganova, Cesare Pugni
The Golden AgeStanley Flink , Nicholas BentonThe Golden Age is a 1984 theater production of a play by A. R. Gurney, Jr....
ChopinianaMichel Fokine, Frédéric Chopin