Swan Lake was the first ballet composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and, like all three of his ballets, has become legendary. You can view a complete performance on YouTube from the Bolshoi Ballet, one of the world’s premier ballet companies.
Sleeping Beauty was the second ballet composed by Tchaikovsky. You might recognize some of the music since it was borrowed by the folks at Disney for their 1959 animated film and used in a song from their 2014 re-imagining of the fairy tale, Maleficent. This complete video version is from the Kirov (Mariinsky) Ballet, another top ballet company from Russia.
Check out this post about Tchaikovsky’s most famous ballet, The Nutcracker, which also includes a video of a complete performance.
The Nutcracker is almost certainly the most popular ballet in the world. Chances are, if you’ve ever seen a live ballet performance, it was The Nutcracker. Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, this ballet is a perennial holiday favorite. Tajo wants desperately to be cast as one of the children in the New York City Ballet’s annual performances of The Nutcracker, and during the course of Feeding, he refers to this video below, featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov (Tajo’s favorite ballet dancer) and Gelsey Kirkland in one of the finest ballet performances you’ll ever see. This production is from the American Ballet Theatre, another great ballet company based in New York City. Enjoy!