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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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    58
    15

    The Rite of Spring

    Joffrey Ballet
  • 2
    48
    15

    Episodes

    Martha Graham, George Balanchine
  • 3
    47
    16

    Revelations

    Alvin Ailey
  • 4
    34
    15

    Bacchanale

    Leonide Massine
  • 5
    26
    16

    Rainbow Round My Shoulders

    Donald McKayle
  • 6
    13
    4

    Lamentation

    Martha Graham
  • 7
    20
    15

    The Scarlet Letter

    Martha Graham, Hunter Johsnon
  • 8
    12
    6

    Appalachian Spring

    Martha Graham
  • 9
    19
    15

    Maple Leaf Rag

    Martha Graham
  • 10
    11
    4

    Lugubre

    Martha Graham
  • 11
    14
    9

    Touch

    Ea Torrado
  • 12
    18
    15

    Dances of the Golden Hall

    Martha Graham
  • 13
    13
    8

    Revolt

    Leja Jurisic
  • 14
    18
    17

    Adorations

    Martha Graham
  • 15
    12
    9

    Novelette

    Martha Graham
  • 16
    10
    6

    Time of Snow

    Martha Graham
  • 17
    12
    10

    Dolorosa

    Martha Graham
  • 18
    11
    9

    Errand Into the Maze

    Martha Graham
  • 19
    14
    13

    Judith

    Martha Graham, Edgard Varese
  • 20
    15
    15

    American Original

    Martha Graham
  • 21
    12
    11

    Serenata Morisca

    Martha Graham
  • 22
    28
    32

    The Triumph of St. Joan

    Martha Graham
  • 23
    11
    9

    Embattled Garden

    Martha Graham
  • 24
    13
    13

    Andromanche's Lament

    Martha Graham
  • 25
    18
    20

    Primitive Mysteries

    Martha Graham