The Greatest Contemporary Ballets

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Ballet is the most popular form of dance and has been dazzling audiences for decades. Some of the most famous dance pieces have been ballet however, with the rise in the popularity of contemporary styles of dancing, the blending of both modern dance moves with classical ballet has resulted in contemporary ballet.

The most famous contemporary ballet choreographer is Martha Graham, credited by the dance community as the “mother of contemporary ballet." Graham was able to beautifully combine modern dance with contemporary ballet, and the result was decades of extremely successful and beautiful dance pieces that are still performed by the best dance companies today.

This list discusses the best contemporary ballets of all time including, Rainbow Round My Shoulders, Appalachian Spring, Time of Snow, Errand Into the Maze, Maple Leaf Rag, Embattled Garden, American Original, Primitive Mysteries, and Chorale.

What are the best contemporary ballets? This list features the best contemporary ballets, as ranked by the community. Vote up the greatest contemporary ballets below or add a contemporary that moved you that isn't already on the list.
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  • The Rite of Spring
    1

    The Rite of Spring

    Joffrey Ballet
    • Revelations
      2

      Revelations

      Alvin Ailey
      • Appalachian Spring
        3

        Appalachian Spring

        Martha Graham
        • Errand Into the Maze
          4

          Errand Into the Maze

          Martha Graham
          • Primitive Mysteries
            5

            Primitive Mysteries

            Martha Graham
            • Every Soul Is a Circus
              6

              Every Soul Is a Circus

              Martha Graham
              • The Triumph of St. Joan
                7

                The Triumph of St. Joan

                Martha Graham
                • Time of Snow
                  8

                  Time of Snow

                  Martha Graham
                  • Perséphone
                    9

                    Perséphone

                    Martha Graham
                    • Bacchanale
                      10

                      Bacchanale

                      Leonide Massine
                      • American Lyric
                        11

                        American Lyric

                        Martha Graham
                        • Revolt
                          12

                          Revolt

                          Leja Jurisic
                          • Episodes
                            13

                            Episodes

                            Martha Graham, George Balanchine
                            • Dolorosa
                              14

                              Dolorosa

                              Martha Graham
                              • Rainbow Round My Shoulders
                                15

                                Rainbow Round My Shoulders

                                Donald McKayle
                                • The Scarlet Letter
                                  16

                                  The Scarlet Letter

                                  Martha Graham, Hunter Johsnon
                                  • American Original
                                    17

                                    American Original

                                    Martha Graham
                                    • Maple Leaf Rag
                                      18

                                      Maple Leaf Rag

                                      Martha Graham
                                      • Novelette
                                        19

                                        Novelette

                                        Martha Graham
                                        • Lamentation
                                          20

                                          Lamentation

                                          Martha Graham
                                          • Phaedra's Dream
                                            21

                                            Phaedra's Dream

                                            Martha Graham, George Crumb
                                            • Chorale
                                              22

                                              Chorale

                                              Martha Graham
                                              • Dances of the Golden Hall
                                                23

                                                Dances of the Golden Hall

                                                Martha Graham
                                                • Adorations
                                                  24

                                                  Adorations

                                                  Martha Graham
                                                  • Serenata Morisca
                                                    25

                                                    Serenata Morisca

                                                    Martha Graham