Ballet literature

It’s World Ballet Day! Check Out These Beautiful Ballets Inspired by Books!

Today is the day for all of you who are quick on your feet. It’s World Ballet Day so grab your leotards, your pointe shoes, and leave the reading material to us.


Ballet is one of the most poetic and classic forms of expression with various moves and positions. Everything revolves around the body creating one fluid motion. Got balance? You’ll need it. Mostly because you have to portray a story; you have to bring a character to life through movement. This began way back in the fifteenth century and that alone should be a reason to celebrate World Ballet Day. Ready for 2nd position? 


All the beautifully enchanting shows are personified from stories and novellas that exude whimsical charm. Shows such as George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker is based off of the 1816 wonderfully aged tale called Nutcracker and Mouse King and the Tale of the Nutcracker. Check out their flawless performance!





Another ballet by the name of Ondine was adapted from the novella Undine about a beautiful water nymph catching the eye of a mortal prince. Are you captivated yet? And if it sounds familiar, The Little Mermaid definitely has a strong link to the classical work.





Published in 1944, The Ballet Called Giselle remains the ultimate written work of the romantic ballet of Giselle. The two part novel touches on the history of Giselle and its production in 1841. See the purity of human art for yourself.





You don’t have to be Tchaikovsky to enjoy both the literature and the productions that bring these stories into our world. Either form allows us to escape into a place that feels like an ethereal dream and makes us realize how important ballet truly is in history and present day. So before you pirouette into these works, remember: your head is always the first to arrive and the last to leave.


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