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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  • Swan Lake
    1

    Swan Lake

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    • The Nutcracker
      2

      The Nutcracker

      Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      • The Sleeping Beauty
        3

        The Sleeping Beauty

        Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
        • Giselle
          4

          Giselle

          Adolphe Adam
          • Romeo and Juliet
            5

            Romeo and Juliet

            Sergei Prokofiev
            • Coppelia
              6

              Coppelia

              Leo Delibes
              • La Bayadere
                7

                La Bayadere

                Ludwig Minkus
                • Les Sylphides
                  8

                  Les Sylphides

                  Michel Fokine
                  • The Firebird
                    9

                    The Firebird

                    Igor Stravinsky
                    • Esmerelda
                      10

                      Esmerelda

                      Jules Perrot
                      • Sylvia
                        11

                        Sylvia

                        Louis Merante
                        • La Fille Mal Gardee
                          12

                          La Fille Mal Gardee

                          Jean Dauberval
                          • Paquita
                            13

                            Paquita

                            Joseph Mazilier, Paul Foucher, Edouard Deldevez
                            • Manon
                              14

                              Manon

                              Jules Massenet
                              • A Midsummer Night's Dream
                                15

                                A Midsummer Night's Dream

                                Felix Mendelssohn
                                • Schéhérazade
                                  16

                                  Schéhérazade

                                  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
                                  • Cinderella
                                    17

                                    Cinderella

                                    Sergei Prokofiev
                                    • Le Sacre Du Printemps
                                      18

                                      Le Sacre Du Printemps

                                      Igor Stravinsky
                                      • Afternoon of a Faun
                                        19

                                        Afternoon of a Faun

                                        Vaslav Nijinsky
                                        • Apollo
                                          20

                                          Apollo

                                          Igor Stravinsky
                                          • Ondine
                                            21

                                            Ondine

                                            Sir Frederick Ashton
                                            • Le Soleil De Nuit
                                              22

                                              Le Soleil De Nuit

                                              Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
                                              • Papillons
                                                23

                                                Papillons

                                                Marie Taglioni
                                                • Le Carnaval
                                                  24

                                                  Le Carnaval

                                                  Robert Schumann
                                                  • Le Rossignol
                                                    25

                                                    Le Rossignol

                                                    Igor Stravinsky