Ballet's Greatest Hits: Introduction (01:24)
This segment orients viewers to the topic of ballet, its impact on audiences, and six classical ballets featured in this film.
"Swan Lake" (03:16)
Experts reflect on the ballet's storyline and its main characters, and discuss an all male cast performance.
"Swan Lake" History (03:40)
First presented in 1877, Swan Lake was a failure. The addition of Tchaikovsky's music transformed the ballet. Marcelo Gomes and Veronika Part discuss dancing together.
Performance; "Swan Lake" (08:27)
Part and Gomes from the American Ballet Theater perform the Pas de Deux.
"The Nutcracker" (03:44)
Experts reflect on the ballet's storyline, its music, and performances by various dance groups.
"The Nutcracker" Performers (01:36)
Hee Seo from American Ballet Theater discusses playing the role of the Sugarplum fairy. Alejandro Virelles discusses his supporting role.
Performance: "The Nutcracker" (11:26)
Seo and Virelles perform "Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy."
"Flames of Paris" (03:42)
Nigel Lythgoe reflects on what makes ballet unique. Experts discuss the ballet's storyline, the Pas de Deux, and the ballet's music.
"Flames of Paris" Performers (01:54)
Ashley Bouder and Daniel Ulbricht from the New York City Ballet discuss dancing with each other.
Performance: "Flames of Paris" (07:36)
See Bouder and Ulbricht perform individual and paired dances from "Flames of Paris."
Classical Ballet History (06:06)
Nigel Lythgoe discusses Einstein's support of dance. Experts discuss the origination and evolution of ballet, and the combination of athleticism and art in dance.
Experts discuss the first ballerina to play Giselle, Carlotta Grisi, the ballet's style, and the characteristics dancers need to perform the ballet.
"Giselle" Performers (02:22)
Greta Hodgkinson of the National Ballet of Canada, Matthew Golding of the Dutch National Ballet, and Stella Abrera from the American Ballet Theater discuss their roles in "Giselle."
Performance: "Giselle" (10:31)
Hodgkinson as Giselle, Golding as
Albrecht, and Abrera as Myrtha perform scenes from Act II.
Performance: "Giselle:" 2 (04:17)
Hodgkinson and Golding perform scenes from Act II.
"Don Quixote" (03:57)
Experts discuss the ballet's storyline, the characters, the choreography, and the importance of technique.
"Don Quixote" Performers (01:27)
Skylar Brandt from the American Ballet Theater, and Maria Kochetkova and Taras Domitro from the San Francisco Ballet discuss their roles.
Performance: "Don Quixote" (05:53)
Kochetkova and Domitro perform a scene from Act I.
Performance: "Don Quixote:" 2 (08:04)
Brandt, Domitro, and Kochetkova perform individual dances from "Don Quixote." See performers take their bows.
Ending and Credits (04:11)
Lythgoe reflects on the future of ballet. Credits: Ballet's Greatest Hits: Presented by Youth America Grand Prix
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