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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1,126 161
Swan Lake is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Swan Lake Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

2
966 198
The Nutcracker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
The Nutcracker Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

3
738 135
The Sleeping Beauty is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
The Sleeping Beauty Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

4
690 124
Romeo & Juliet is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Romeo & Juliet Sergei Prokofiev

5
738 138
Giselle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Giselle Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Théophile Gautier

6
459 112
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Don Quixote Ludwig Minkus

7
450 111
Coppelia is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Coppelia Léo Delibes, Charles Nuitter

8
350 73
Alice's Adventures in Wonder L... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
piepuppy added Alice's Adventures in Wonder Land

9
399 105
La Bayadere is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
La Bayadere Ludwig Minkus

10
402 114
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Cinderella Sergei Prokofiev

11
248 60
Manon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Manon Jules Massenet, Leighton Lucas, Martin Yates

12
244 68
Le Corsaire is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Le Corsaire Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges

13
209 51
Raymonda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Raymonda Alexander Glazunov

14
247 72
La Fille Mal Gardee is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
La Fille Mal Gardee Jean Dauberval

15
195 45
Sylvia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Sylvia Léo Delibes

16
159 28
Mayerling is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Mayerling Kenneth MacMillan

17
136 20
The Winter's Tale is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
alexandercuje added The Winter's Tale Christopher Wheeldon

18
191 46
The Pharaoh's Daughter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
The Pharaoh's Daughter Cesare Pugni, Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges

19
242 74
Esmerelda is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Esmerelda Cesare Pugni

20
116 14
The Lady of the Camellias is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
qinfanrui added The Lady of the Camellias Harris Masterson , Norman Twain , Carroll Masterson

21
124 17
Spartacus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
qinfanrui added Spartacus

22
117 16
The Bright Stream is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
qinfanrui added The Bright Stream

23
381 161
Firebird is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Firebird Igor Stravinsky

24
205 66
Paquita is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Paquita Joseph Mazilier, Paul Foucher, Edouard Deldevez

25
247 92
La Sylphide is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
La Sylphide August Bournonville

26
101 13
Anna Karenina is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
qinfanrui added Anna Karenina

27
144 39
Onegin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Onegin Kurt-Heinz Stolze

28
61 5
Marguerite and Armand is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
qinfanrui added Marguerite and Armand

29
96 15
The Flames of Paris is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
qinfanrui added The Flames of Paris

30
233 100
Carmen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Carmen Roland Petit, Georges Bizet

31
249 115
A Midsummer Nights Dream is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
A Midsummer Nights Dream Felix Mendelssohn

32
137 48
Jewels is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
samarakoseff added Jewels Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky , Igor Stravinsky , Gabriel Fauré

33
155 64
Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux Ludwig Minkus

34
131 58
Sheherazade is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Sheherazade Michel Fokine

35
148 71
Le Sacre Du Printemps is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Le Sacre Du Printemps Igor Stravinsky

36
62 11
The Taming of the Shrew is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
qinfanrui added William Shakespeare

37
102 42
Petrouchka is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Petrouchka Igor Stravinsky

38
101 44
Apollo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Apollo Igor Stravinsky

39
33 3
The Bolt is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
alexandercuje added The Bolt

Ratmansky & Shostakovich

40
84 34
Symphony in C is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Symphony in C George Balanchine, Igor Stravinsky

41
86 36
Bolero is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Bolero Maurice Béjart

42
84 37
Afternoon of a Faun is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Afternoon of a Faun Claude Debussy, Vaslav Nijinsky

43
93 45
Anastasia is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Ivan Barbotin, Bengt Jorgen

44
82 37
Grand Pas Classique is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Grand Pas Classique Victor Gsovsky, Daniel Auber

45
49 10
The Golden Age is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
qinfanrui added The Golden Age Stanley Flink , Nicholas Benton , Brent Peek

46
47 10
Napoli is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
qinfanrui added Napoli

47
47 11
The dying swan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
qinfanrui added The dying swan

48
32 5
Carmen Suite is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
qinfanrui added Carmen Suite

49
21 2
The Fountain of Bakhchisarai is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
alexandercuje added The Fountain of Bakhchisarai

Boris Asafyev

50
56 27
Diana & Actaeon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Diana & Actaeon Agrippina Vaganova, Cesare Pugni