Musicals The Greatest Russian Ballets  

Buster McDermott
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List Rules Vote up the absolute best Russian ballets

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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81 15
Swan Lake is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Swan Lake Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

2
69 11
The Nutcracker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
The Nutcracker Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

3
55 13
Giselle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Giselle Adolphe Adam

4
49 11
The Sleeping Beauty is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
The Sleeping Beauty Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

5
36 7
The Firebird is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
The Firebird Igor Stravinsky

6
44 13
Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Romeo and Juliet Sergei Prokofiev

7
31 7
La Bayadere is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
La Bayadere Ludwig Minkus

8
30 9
Coppelia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Coppelia Leo Delibes

9
21 5
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Cinderella Sergei Prokofiev

10
18 4
Apollo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Apollo Igor Stravinsky

11
17 4
Les Sylphides is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Les Sylphides Michel Fokine

12
17 4
Paquita is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Paquita Joseph Mazilier, Paul Foucher, Edouard Deldevez

13
20 7
Schéhérazade is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Schéhérazade Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

14
18 7
Manon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Manon Jules Massenet

15
13 6
A Midsummer Night's Dream is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
A Midsummer Night's Dream Felix Mendelssohn

16
11 5
Sylvia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Sylvia Louis Merante

17
13 7
La Fille Mal Gardee is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
La Fille Mal Gardee Jean Dauberval

18
8 4
Le Sacre Du Printemps is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Le Sacre Du Printemps Igor Stravinsky

19
8 5
Ondine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Ondine Sir Frederick Ashton

20
6 3
Esmerelda is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Esmerelda Jules Perrot

21
6 4
Afternoon of a Faun is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Afternoon of a Faun Vaslav Nijinsky

22
7 6
Papillons is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Papillons Marie Taglioni

23
4 3
Le Rossignol is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Le Rossignol Igor Stravinsky

24
5 5
Le Soleil De Nuit is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
Le Soleil De Nuit Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

25
4 4
La Légende De Joseph is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Russian Ballets
La Légende De Joseph Richard Strauss