Any ballet enthusiast knows that some of the greatest ballets in history originated in Russia. In fact, in the early 19th century, Russia opened up the theatres to anyone who could afford to buy a ticket, regardless of class. The wealthier attendants were provided with the best seating possible. This system allowed the majority of people to be able to attend any ballet performance, causing widespread popularity. Some of the best dancers in all of ballet are part of Russian ballet companies as well.
What are the best Russian ballets of all time? Some of the most famous ballets came from Russia, forever changing dancing techniques. The most respected ballet companies in the world have all used many Russian techniques and Russia has produced some of the most celebrated ballets and ballet performances in history.
This list features the best Russian ballets, ranked by voters and including, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliette, Cinderella, Giselle, La Bayadere, and Afternoon of a Faun.Vote up the greatest Russian ballets below, or add a ballet from Russia that isn't already on the list.
Swan LakePyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
The NutcrackerPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Romeo and JulietSergei Prokofiev
La BayadereLudwig Minkus
The Sleeping BeautyPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
The FirebirdIgor Stravinsky
Les SylphidesMichel Fokine
PaquitaJoseph Mazilier, Paul Foucher
A Midsummer Night's DreamFelix Mendelssohn
La Fille Mal GardeeJean Dauberval
Le CarnavalRobert Schumann
Le Sacre Du PrintempsIgor Stravinsky
Afternoon of a FaunVaslav Nijinsky
Le Soleil De NuitNikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
OndineSir Frederick Ashton
The Tale of the Stone FlowerSergei ProkofievThe Tale of the Stone Flower, Op. 118 (Russian: Сказ о каменном цветке), is Sergei Prokofiev's eighth and last ballet, written between 1948 and 1953. It is based on the Russian Ural folk tale of the same name by Pavel Bazhov and is also the last of the trilogy of ballets Prokofiev wrote in the Russian ballet tradition. It was premiered posthumously, in 1954, conducted by Yuri Fayer.