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.
The Rite of SpringJoffrey Ballet
Appalachian SpringMartha Graham
Errand Into the MazeMartha Graham
Primitive MysteriesMartha Graham
Every Soul Is a CircusMartha Graham
The Triumph of St. JoanMartha Graham
Time of SnowMartha Graham
American LyricMartha Graham
EpisodesMartha Graham, George Balanchine
Rainbow Round My ShouldersDonald McKayle
The Scarlet LetterMartha Graham, Hunter Johsnon
American OriginalMartha Graham
Maple Leaf RagMartha Graham
Phaedra's DreamMartha Graham, George Crumb
Dances of the Golden HallMartha Graham
Serenata MoriscaMartha Graham