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.
Swan LakePyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
The Sleeping BeautyPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
The NutcrackerPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
GiselleJules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Théophile Gautier
Romeo & JulietSergei Prokofiev
Don QuixoteLudwig Minkus
CoppeliaLéo Delibes, Charles Nuitter
La BayadereLudwig Minkus
Alice's Adventures in Wonder Land
ManonJules Massenet, Leighton Lucas
La Fille Mal GardeeJean Dauberval
Le CorsaireJules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges
La SylphideAugust Bournonville
PaquitaJoseph Mazilier, Paul Foucher
The Flames of Paris
JewelsPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky , Igor StravinskyJewels is a three-act ballet created for the New York City Ballet by co-founder and founding... more
The Pharaoh's DaughterCesare Pugni, Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges
The Lady of the CamelliasHarris Masterson , Norman TwainThe Lady of the Camellias is a 1963 theater production of a play....
A Midsummer Nights DreamFelix Mendelssohn