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 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
The Nutcracker Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
The Sleeping Beauty Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Giselle Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Théophile Gautier
Romeo & Juliet Sergei Prokofiev
qinfanrui added Spartacus
Don Quixote Ludwig Minkus
Coppelia Léo Delibes, Charles Nuitter
La Bayadere Ludwig Minkus
Cinderella Sergei Prokofiev
piepuppy added Alice's Adventures in Wonder Land
Firebird Igor Stravinsky
Manon Jules Massenet, Leighton Lucas, Martin Yates
Le Corsaire Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges
Esmerelda Cesare Pugni
La Fille Mal Gardee Jean Dauberval
La Sylphide August Bournonville
Raymonda Alexander Glazunov
Carmen Roland Petit, Georges Bizet
A Midsummer Nights Dream Felix Mendelssohn
Paquita Joseph Mazilier, Paul Foucher, Edouard Deldevez
Sylvia Léo Delibes
The Pharaoh's Daughter Cesare Pugni, Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges
Mayerling Kenneth MacMillan
alexandercuje added The Winter's Tale Christopher Wheeldon