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.
The Sleeping BeautyPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
The NutcrackerPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
La BayadereLudwig Minkus
Swan LakePyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
La Fille Mal GardeeJean Dauberval
Romeo and JulietSergei Prokofiev
Les SylphidesMichel Fokine
PaquitaJoseph Mazilier, Paul Foucher
A Midsummer Night's DreamFelix Mendelssohn
The FirebirdIgor Stravinsky
Le Sacre Du PrintempsIgor Stravinsky
Le Soleil De NuitNikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Afternoon of a FaunVaslav Nijinsky
OndineSir Frederick Ashton
Le RossignolIgor Stravinsky
Le Mariage D'AurorePyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky