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The Greatest Russian Ballets

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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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  • 1

    Esmerelda

    Jules Perrot
    21
    3
  • 2

    The Sleeping Beauty

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    74
    15
  • 3

    Giselle

    Adolphe Adam
    86
    18
  • 4

    The Nutcracker

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    89
    20
  • 5

    La Bayadere

    Ludwig Minkus
    52
    12
  • 6

    Coppelia

    Leo Delibes
    53
    13
  • 7

    Swan Lake

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    111
    30
  • 8

    La Fille Mal Gardee

    Jean Dauberval
    25
    6
  • 9

    Romeo and Juliet

    Sergei Prokofiev
    64
    18
  • 10

    Les Sylphides

    Michel Fokine
    33
    9
  • 11

    Paquita

    Joseph Mazilier, Paul Foucher
    29
    8
  • 12

    Sylvia

    Louis Merante
    22
    6
  • 13

    Manon

    Jules Massenet
    27
    8
  • 14

    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Felix Mendelssohn
    23
    7
  • 15

    The Firebird

    Igor Stravinsky
    50
    20
  • 16

    Schéhérazade

    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    37
    15
  • 17

    Cinderella

    Sergei Prokofiev
    25
    12
  • 18

    Apollo

    Igor Stravinsky
    20
    11
  • 19

    Le Sacre Du Printemps

    Igor Stravinsky
    16
    10
  • 20

    Le Soleil De Nuit

    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    10
    6
  • 21

    Afternoon of a Faun

    Vaslav Nijinsky
    11
    7
  • 22

    Ondine

    Sir Frederick Ashton
    12
    9
  • 23

    Papillons

    Marie Taglioni
    11
    9
  • 24

    Le Rossignol

    Igor Stravinsky
    6
    7
  • 25

    Le Mariage D'Aurore

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    6
    7
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