Top 10 Largest Ballet Companies

So who has the largest ballet company? France, Russia or the US?

There are many large, glamorous ballet companies all over the world. Usually they perform in majestic theaters, have diverse amazing repertoires, go on international tours and employ many dancers each season.  Find out which company has the highest number of dancers.

It is definitely Russia!

No 1 BOLSCHOI BALLET ⎮ Moskau ⎮ 215 💃

No 2 MARIINSKY BALLET⎮ St. Petersburg⎮ 211 💃

Classical ballet in Russia has a long and rich cultutal history.  Founded in 1776, the Bolschoi Ballet is known world-wide for its classical ballets like Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty composed by the famous Russian Peter Ilyich Tschaikovsky.

Russians are mad about ballet. Ballet fans scream bravo when the ballerina first appears and at the end you hear wild applause and lots of bravos!

Many very famous Russian ballet dancers like Mikhail Baryshnokov, MRudolf Nureyev, Anna Pavlova, Sergei Diaghilev, Maya Plisetskaya, Mikhail Fokin and Svetlana Zakharova have had a big influence in the world of ballet.

No 3 PARIS OPERA Ballet ⎮ Paris ⎮ 154 💃

This ballet company is the oldest national company in the world, founded in 1669 by Louis XIV. This French company still holds a rich and highly reputed place in ballet history but manages to adapt to contemporary trends.  Its dance school is considered one of the best in the world. To learn the FRENCH STYLE, it is almost compulsory to go first to that school.

The years when Rudolf Nureyev was ballet director in Paris were called the golden age of Paris Opera Ballet. Sylvie Guillem, probably the best female dancer of the 20th century, was promoted as a Principal Dancer.

No 4 The ROYAL BALLET ⎮ London ⎮ 103 💃

Although this ballet company was founded late, in 1931 by Dame Ninette de Valois, it became Britain’s flagship ballet company with a worldwide reputation. It is located in the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.

This company is known for its amazing repertoire of a very high technical standard. Four Prima Ballerina Assoluta  –  Alicia Markova, Margot Fonteyn, Phyllis Spira and Alessandra Ferri – danced there.

No 5 TEATRO ALLA SCALA Ballet Company⎮ Milano ⎮ 98 💃

One of the oldest and most well known ballet companies was founded in 1778.  The repertoire includes both classical ballets and modern pieces as Giselle, Swan Lake, Excelsior, the Taming of the Shrew, Onegin and Theme and Variations.

No 6 and 7 AMERICAN BALLET THEATER and NEW YORK CITY BALLET ⎮ New York City ⎮ about 90 💃

The Russian choreographer George Balanchine is called the „father of the American ballet“. He created his own works based on the Russian technique and invented the neoclassical style. He was the founder and Artistic director of the New York City ballet from 1946 to 1989. Many of his works are still in the repertoire of the NYCB and many other ballet companies all over the world.

No 8 Staatsballett Berlin ⎮ Berlin ⎮ 93 💃

No 9 ⎮ Dutch National Ballet⎮ Amsterdam ⎮87 💃

No 10 Royal Danish Ballet⎮ Copenhagen ⎮ 75 💃💃and San Francisco Ballet ⎮75 💃

Followed by the Australian Ballet 72 💃⎮the National Ballet of Canada 71💃 ⎮English National Ballet 71 💃 ⎮ National Ballet China 70 💃 ⎮ the National Ballet of Cuba 66 💃 ⎮Stuttgart Ballet 64 💃 ⎮ Houston Ballet 58 💃

Die besten Geschenke für Ballettliebhaber

Weihnachtsgeschenke in der letzten Minute!

Weihnachten steht schon wieder vor der Tür. Wie jedes Jahr kommt das mal wieder sehr plötzlich. Jetzt muss noch schnell ein Geschenk für die Freundin her. Warum nicht mal ein Ballettkalender? Oder eine kleiner Glasballerina für den Weihnachtsbaum?

Hier einige Vorschläge zur Auswahl

Eine kleine Glasballerina vom Weihnachtsmarkt

Ballettschuhe als Weihnachtsbaumschmuck

Der Pirelli Kalender 2019 mit Prima Ballerina Misty Copeland

Ballettkalender vom Stuttgarter Ballett

Der Stuttgarter Ballett-Kalender 2019 mit Fotos von Bernd Weißbrod
Foto Bernd Weißbrod

Vom Royal Ballet in London

Zeitgenössischer Tanzkalender von Pina Bausch

Kalender des New York City Dance Projects

Kalender gefunden auf

Warum nicht mal ein Familienplaner mit Ballettfotos?

Natürlich darf das Hamburger Ballett nicht fehlen

Aber es gibt noch viel mehr tolle Kalender. Lasst Euch inspirien im Internet.

Anmerkung: Ich poste, was mir gefällt und habe keinerlei finanzielle Interessen. Auch erhalte ich weder Provisionen, noch wurden mir Freiexemplare der Kalender zugestellt!

It is Christmas Eve

and Time for Nutcracker

🌅Merry Christmas and happy New Year to all Ballet Lovers🌲

Enjoy these trailers with different interpretations of the most famous Christmas Ballet.

Photo on Top: Nutcracker and Mouse King by Christian Spuck, Ballet Zurich ©Gregory Batardon

5 Christmas gift ideas for Ballet lovers!

It’s only 25 days until Christmas – but there is still enough time to think about Christmas gifts!

Here are my top suggestions for all ballet lovers:


Theatre tickets

Invite your ballet loving friend to join you for a live ballet performance and top of the evening with a nice glass of champagne. There’s nothing better than some festive bubbles to enliven your discussion of the performance. The Nutcracker or Swan Lake are perfect ballet choices to get you both in the Christmas mood.

Weiterlesen „5 Christmas gift ideas for Ballet lovers!“

Pas de Deux der Extraklasse

Iana Salenko und Marian Walter brillieren in Dornröschen

Trotz schlechter Kritiken war ich sehr gespannt auf Nacho Duato’s Dornröschen an der Deutschen Oper in Berlin. Die dortige Ballettszene war 2015 sehr enttäuscht, als der neue Ballettdirektor seinen Einstand mit diesem Ballett gab. Denn die Uraufführung war bereits 2011 am Petersburger Mikhailovsky- Theater erfolgt. Somit wurde das Debutstück als zu wenig mutig, einfallslos und aufgewärmt empfunden.

Ausschnitt mit der Premierenbesetzung: Iana Salenko und Leonid Sarafanov

Weiterlesen „Pas de Deux der Extraklasse“

Don’t miss the WORLD BALLET DAY 2017

Photo by The Royal Ballet Full Class – World Ballet Day 2014 – YouTube

#WorldBalletDay is back on 5 October 2017!

Have a look behind the scenes. Watch morning classes, interviews and rehearsal of 5 Top Ballet Companies. You will learn a lot of all the insights.

The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet will partner for the fourth year in a row to celebrate classical dance and provide viewers around the world with an exclusive look behind the scenes at what life is like at the world’s top ballet companies.

TOP 10 Ballet Photos

These are my favourite Ballet Photos

Prima Ballerina Iana Salenko

Photo by ballerinaproject in Royal Opera House London


Rainer Krenstetter as Loge in Maurice Béjart „Ring um den Ring“

photo by Staatsballett Berlin


Polina Semionova with her little babyboy

photo on Instgram at polinasemionovaofficial


Katja Wünsche and William Moore in Christian Spuck’s „Anna Karenina“



Juliet Doherty at St. Monica Beach

photo by ballerinaproject


Steven McRae as Mad Hatter in Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland

photo  by Tim P. Whitby, gettyimages


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

photo by Andrew Eccles


Ballet and City Serie

photo by Vladimir Chikin


Polina Semionova and Vladimir Malakhov in L’après-midi du faun by Staatsballett Berlin

polina beaux cheveux.jpg
Photo by Staatsballett Berlin


4 Ballerina in „Wonderland“ – Washington Ballet

photo by Cade Martin