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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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Swan Lake is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Swan Lake Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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The Nutcracker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
The Nutcracker Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Giselle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Giselle Adolphe Adam
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The Sleeping Beauty is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
The Sleeping Beauty Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Romeo and Juliet Sergei Prokofiev
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Coppelia is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Coppelia Leo Delibes
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The Firebird is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
The Firebird Igor Stravinsky
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La Bayadere is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
La Bayadere Ludwig Minkus
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Schéhérazade is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Schéhérazade Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Cinderella Sergei Prokofiev
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Paquita is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Paquita Joseph Mazilier, Paul Foucher, Edouard Deldevez
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Les Sylphides is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Les Sylphides Michel Fokine
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Apollo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Apollo Igor Stravinsky
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Manon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Manon Jules Massenet
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Sylvia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Sylvia Louis Merante
16
A Midsummer Night's Dream is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
A Midsummer Night's Dream Felix Mendelssohn
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La Fille Mal Gardee is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
La Fille Mal Gardee Jean Dauberval
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Esmerelda is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Esmerelda Jules Perrot
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Ondine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Ondine Sir Frederick Ashton
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Le Sacre Du Printemps is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Le Sacre Du Printemps Igor Stravinsky
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Le Carnaval is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Le Carnaval Robert Schumann
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Papillons is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Papillons Marie Taglioni
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Le Soleil De Nuit is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Le Soleil De Nuit Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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Afternoon of a Faun is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Afternoon of a Faun Vaslav Nijinsky
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Le Mariage D'Aurore is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Le Mariage D'Aurore Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky