Popular Productions

Ballet is performed all around the world, but is most popular in the United States and Eastern Europe. The world's first ballet performance was entitled "Le Comique de la Reine", or "The Comic Ballet of the Queen" and was arranged by Queen Catherine de Medici of France to be performed during a wedding with about ten thousand guests. From old classics like "The Nutcracker" to new and innovative interpretations of contemporary ballet, there are thousands of productions that ballerinas dedicate their days practicing for. See the table below for some popular shows and the geniuses that brought them to life.

Ballet Production Name Choreographer
"The Nutcracker" Marius Petipa
"Swan Lake" Julius Reisinger
"Coppélia" Arthur Saint-Léon
"Giselle" Jean Coralli
"Paquita" Joseph Mazilier
"Romeo and Juliet" John Cranko
"Don Quixote" Marius Petipa
Nutcracker costumes

The Snow Queen and the Toy Soldier are two iconic characters in the treasured classic "The Nutcracker"

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