The Greatest Russian Ballets

Over 300 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of 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.
Most divisive: The Tale of the Stone Flower
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  • The Nutcracker

    The Nutcracker

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    125 votes
  • Swan Lake

    Swan Lake

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    153 votes
  • The Sleeping Beauty

    The Sleeping Beauty

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    99 votes
  • Giselle


    Adolphe Adam
    108 votes
  • Romeo and Juliet

    Romeo and Juliet

    Sergei Prokofiev
    81 votes
  • Coppelia


    Leo Delibes
    69 votes