Dance The Greatest Russian Ballets  

Buster McDermott
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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.
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83 17
Swan Lake is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Swan Lake Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

2
70 15
The Nutcracker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
The Nutcracker Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

3
59 16
Giselle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Giselle Adolphe Adam

4
49 13
The Sleeping Beauty is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
The Sleeping Beauty Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

5
46 15
Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Romeo and Juliet Sergei Prokofiev

6
37 9
The Firebird is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
The Firebird Igor Stravinsky

7
34 8
La Bayadere is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
La Bayadere Ludwig Minkus

8
32 9
Coppelia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Coppelia Leo Delibes

9
20 4
Paquita is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Paquita Joseph Mazilier, Paul Foucher, Edouard Deldevez

10
22 6
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Cinderella Sergei Prokofiev

11
18 4
Apollo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Apollo Igor Stravinsky

12
18 5
Les Sylphides is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Les Sylphides Michel Fokine

13
20 7
Manon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Manon Jules Massenet

14
21 9
Schéhérazade is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Schéhérazade Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

15
13 5
Sylvia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Sylvia Louis Merante

16
15 7
La Fille Mal Gardee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
La Fille Mal Gardee Jean Dauberval

17
14 7
A Midsummer Night's Dream is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
A Midsummer Night's Dream Felix Mendelssohn

18
8 3
Esmerelda is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Esmerelda Jules Perrot

19
10 7
Ondine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Ondine Sir Frederick Ashton

20
8 6
Le Sacre Du Printemps is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Le Sacre Du Printemps Igor Stravinsky

21
8 6
Papillons is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Papillons Marie Taglioni

22
6 5
Le Soleil De Nuit is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Le Soleil De Nuit Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

23
6 6
Le Carnaval is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Le Carnaval Robert Schumann

24
6 6
Afternoon of a Faun is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Afternoon of a Faun Vaslav Nijinsky

25
4 5
La Légende De Joseph is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
La Légende De Joseph Richard Strauss