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First Ballets (Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Manon, La Fille Mal Gardee, Cinderella, Hobson's Choice, Don Quixote, and Still Life at the Penguin Cafe) (See also Ballets and Dances: Cinderella (Ashton), La Bayadere, La Fille Mal Gardee, Marguerite and Armand, Ondine, Symphonic Variations, and The Nutcracker) (Ballet.co)
BalletNotes ("provide an in-depth background on ballets, their creators and history") (BalletMet)
Ballet Reference Production Notes (English National Ballet)
List of Ballets (Estelle Souche)
Repertory Index 1948-Present (New York City Ballet)
Story Ballets
La Bayadère see Marius Petipa
Ballet Alert: La Bayadère in detail (discussion forum)
La Bayadère (Ballet Met Notes)
La Bayadère (Ballet.co)
Patricia Boccadoro, "A birthday tribute to Rudolf Nureyev" (1999) (Culture Kiosque)
Footnotes: La Bayadère (background and quotes)
Nadine Meisner, "A Russian masterpiece full of eastern promise" (2002) ("La Bayadère may have kitsch elements, but it's also a superb spectacle. So why [...] does the Royal Ballet's version fall short?") (Independent.co)
School Matinee Pack: La Bayadere (Royal Opera House)
Leigh Witchel, "Bayadère/Bayadère" (2003) (review) (DanceView)
Video excerpts
Bolshoi Ballet performs La Bayadère (realplayer) (Kennedy Center) [Show]
Cinderella see Sir Frederick Ashton
Zoe Anderson, "Alina Cojocaru: Stepping into a fairy tale" (2003) (interview: "Alina Cojocaru has rocketed from the corps of the Royal Ballet to principal roles in two years. Now [...] she is performing in a dream of a ballet - [Ashton's] Cinderella") (Independent.co)
"Ashton's Cinderella" (2003) (Jane Simpson) (Ballet.co)
Ballet Reference: Production Notes (English National Ballet)
Cinderella (Ballet Met Notes)
Footnotes: Cinderella (synopsis and quotes)
Jeff Kuo "Cinderella: Made in England" (2004) (review) (Criticaldance)
Video excerpts
Lyon Opera Ballet Performs Cinderella (video excerpt of Maguy Marin's choreography) (real player, quicktime, windows media player) (Sadler's Wells)
Coppélia see George Balanchine, Arthur Saint-Leon
Ballet Alert: The Sleeping Beauty (discussion forum)
Ballet Reference: Coppélia Production Notes (English National Ballet)
Ballet Russe Scenery for Coppélia  (Butler U.)
Coppélia (Ballet Met)
Footnotes: Coppélia (synopsis and quotes)
Coppélia Ballet: A Timeline (Richard Finkelstein, Artslynx)
Video excerpts
Ballet Nacional de Cuba performs Coppélia (real player) (Kennedy Center) [Show]
Le Corsaire
Dance in America: Le Corsaire with American Ballet Theatre (interviews, resources, and video excerpts)(PBS.org)
Iris Fanger, "Re-creating Corsaire" (June 1999) (findarticles.com)
Le Corsaire in London 2003 (discussion forum) (Criticaldance.com)
Eugene Merrett, Video Review: Le Corsaire with American Ballet Theatre (see also Le Corsaire: Kirov Ballet) (Ballet.co)
Video excerpts
Don Quixote, or Kitri's Wedding
Don Quixote (Ballet Met notes)
Don Quixote (Ballet.co)
Footnotes: Don Quixote (synopsis and quotes)
Brendan McCarthy, The BBC at the Ballet: Don Quixote (interview with Ross MacGibbon and BBC) (Ballet.co)
Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quixote (multimedia guide to the television program, with real media video excerpt) (PBS.org)
Marcia B. Siegel, "Minkusiana: Another look at Boston Ballet's Don Quixote" (2003) (Portlandphoenix.com)
Video excerpts
Basil's variation, Act III (Angel Corella, ABT) (quicktime excerpt) (PBS.org)
Bolshoi Ballet performs Don Quixote (real player excerpt) (Kennedy Center)
Coda from Act III (Nina Ananiashvili) (real player) (Vail Video -- commercial site)
Kitri's Variation, Act I - (Maya Plisetskaya, Bolshoi Ballet) (real player excerpt) (Vail Video commercial site)
La Fille Mal Gardee
Australia Dancing: La Fille Mal Gardee (resources) (Australiadancing.org)
La Fille Mal Gardee (Ballet.co)
Giselle see Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot
Giselle (Ballet.co)
A Giselle TImeline and Notes (Richard Finkelstein, Artslynx)
Ballet Alert: Giselle (discussion forum)
Ballet Reference: Giselle Production Notes (English National Ballet)
Benois' Drops for Giselle (Butler U.)
Patricia Boccadoro, "Sylvie Guillem's Giselle: Dead or Dying?" (2001) 
Footnotes: Giselle (synopsis and quotes)
Giselle (Ballet Met)
Video excerpts
Pas de deux, Act I (Karen Kain and Frank Augustyn, National Ballet of Canada) (real player excerpt) (Vail Video commercial site)
Pas de deux, Act II (Dancers unknown) (quicktime excerpt) (Mag_ul.cz)
The Nutcracker see George Balanchine, Lev Ivanov, Marius Petipa
Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker: The History of The Nutcracker (Atlanta Ballet)
The Nutcracker  (Ballet Met Notes)
Ballet Reference: The Nutcracker Production Notes (English National Ballet)
Alexandre Benois' The Nutcracker  (Butler U.)
Patricia Boccadoro, "The Nutcracker: Nureyev Production Still The Best" (2001) (Culture Kiosque)
"The Enduring Spirit of the Nutcracker: How the Russian Ballet Became a Christmas Tradition in America"  (National Public Radio)
Footnotes: The Nutcracker (synopsis and quotes)
The Nutcracker from The Royal Ballet (multimedia companion to the television presentation) (PBS.org)
SPM/Dance Prism: The Nutcracker (program notes) (Symphony Pro Musica)
Video excerpts
Arabian variation, Act II (Joffrey Ballet) (real player) (Kennedy Center)
Bolshoi Ballet performs The Nutcracker (also see part two) (real player) (Kennedy Center)
The Nutcracker Trailer (Gelsey Kirkland, Mikhail Baryshnikov) (real player) (Videodetective.com)
The Nutcracker: Ballet by John Neumeier (synopsis, real player and quicktime excerpt) (Hamburg Ballet)
Sugar Plum Fairy's Coda, Act II (Sofiane Sylve, Dutch National Ballet) (second half of quicktime excerpt) (het-muziektheater.com)
School Matinee Pack: Onegin (Royal Opera House)
Romeo and Juliet see John Cranko, Sir Kenneth MacMillan
Ballet Reference: Romeo and Juliet Production Notes (English National Ballet)
Bernard Johnson, Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 (Program Note) (concerns composition of the score) (Prokofiev's Home Page)
Romeo and Juliet: Making Connections to the Arts (Kennedy Center)
Richard Finkelstein, Romeo and Juliet: A Ballet Timeline (Artslynx)
Romeo and Juliet (Ballet Met Notes)
Romeo and Juliet (Ballet.co)
Video excerpts
American Ballet Theatre: Romeo and Juliet (Real Player excerpt of MacMillan's choreography) (Alessandra Ferri, Julio Bocca) [Show]
Balcony Scene, Act I (Galina Ulanova and Yuri Zhdanov, Bolshoi Ballet) (real player excerpt) (Vail Video commercial site)
Ballroom scene, Act I (Dancers unknown) (quicktime excerpt) (Mag-ul.cz)
Bolshoi Ballet performs Romeo and Juliet (real player excerpt) (Kennedy Center)
Royal Ballet of Flanders performs Romeo and Juliet (real player, quicktime, and windows media player excerpt) (Sadler's Wells)
The Sleeping Beauty see Lev Ivanov, Marius Petipa
Ballet Alert: The Sleeping Beauty (discussion forum)
The Sleeping Beauty (Ballet Met Notes)
Ballet Reference: The Sleeping Beauty Production Notes (English National Ballet)
Footnotes: The Sleeping Beauty (synopsis and quotes) (Soundventure)
School Matinee Pack: The Sleeping Beauty (Royal Opera House)
The Sleeping Beauty (Ballet.co)
Video excerpts
Kirov Ballet performs The Sleeping Beauty (real player video excerpts) (Kennedy Center) [Show]
Pas de deux, Act III (Veronica Tennant and Rudolf Nureyev, National Ballet of Canada) (real player excerpt) (Vail Video commercial site)
Pointer Fairy variation, Prologue (Dutch National Ballet) (het-muziektheater.com)
Swan Lake see Lev Ivanov, Marius Petipa
Ballet Alert: Swan Lake (discussion forum)
Ballet Reference: Swan Lake Production Notes (English National Ballet)
Footnotes: Swan Lake (synopsis and quotes)
Marcia B. Siegel, "Swan migrations: Boston Ballet’s classic, and Christopher Wheeldon’s reimagining" (2004) (Boston Phoenix)
Swan Lake (Ballet.co)
Swan Lake (Ballet Met Notes)
Video excerpts
Pas de deux, Act II (Dancers unknown) (opens in real player) (real.cctv.com.cn)
Pas de deux, Act II (Galina Ulanova and partner, Bolshoi Ballet) (realplayer excerpt) (Vail Video)
Pas de deux, Act II (Maya Plisetskaya and Nikolai Fadeyechev, Bolshoi Ballet) (real player excerpt) (Vail Video commercial site)
La Sylphide see Auguste Bournonville
Footnotes: La Sylphide (synopsis and quotes)
New York Public Library Resources for La Sylphide 
Re-Premiere of La Sylphide (Lacotte/Taglioni) (quotes and review of 2004 POB production)("In the Name of Auguste Vestris")
The Ballets: La Sylphide (story, historical notes, musical background, gallery) (Bournonville.com)
Tobi Tobias, "The Danes at Home" (2003) (Artsjournal.com)
Alexandra Tomalonis, "La Sylphide" Restored (2004) (DanceView)
Video excerpts
Excerpts (Dancers unknown) (opens in real player)
Royal Winnipeg Ballet School performs La Sylphide (links at top of page: quicktime excerpts) (RWB School)
The Taming of the Shrew

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