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1. Dansaren (1994)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary

The Dancer follows the young and gifted Katja Björner through years of intensive training at the Royal Swedish Ballet School as she develops into an international ballet star. In HD.

Director: Donya Feuer | Stars: Katja Björner, Anneli Alhanko, Erland Josephson, Clint Farha

Votes: 59

2. First Position (2011)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

A documentary that follows six young dancers from around the world as they prepare for the Youth America Grand Prix, one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world.

Director: Bess Kargman | Stars: Aran Bell, Rebecca Houseknecht, Joan Sebastian Zamora, Miko Fogarty

Votes: 3,199 | Gross: $1.10M

4. Etoiles: Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet (2001)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Music

68 Metascore

ETOILES: DANCERS OF THE PARIS OPERA BALLET celebrates the legacy of one of the best ballet companies in the world by weaving together rehearsals, tour snapshots and performances of ... See full summary »

Director: Nils Tavernier | Stars: Aurélie Dupont, Laurent Hilaire, Nicolas Le Riche, Manuel Legris

Votes: 165 | Gross: $0.05M

5. Ballet 422 (2014)

PG | 75 min | Documentary, Music, Sport

74 Metascore

From first rehearsal to world premiere, Ballet 422 takes us backstage at New York City Ballet as emerging choreographer Justin Peck crafts a new work.

Director: Jody Lee Lipes | Stars: Justin Peck, Tiler Peck, Sterling Hyltin, Amar Ramasar

Votes: 1,060 | Gross: $0.33M

6. A Life for Ballet (2011)

95 min | Documentary, Biography

A documentary on the life of the legendary ballet reconstructionist, Pierre Lacotte and his wife and longtime dance partner Ghislaine Thesmar.

Director: Marlène Ionesco | Stars: Pierre Lacotte, Ghislaine Thesmar, Rudolf Nureyev, Agnès Letestu

Votes: 8

8. A Beautiful Tragedy (2008)

52 min | Documentary

A documentary about 15-year-old Oksanna who follows her mother's dream to see her become a prima ballerina.

Director: David Kinsella | Stars: Yana Alfimova, Ekaterina Deryagina, Elena Kostuk, Kristina Luzina

Votes: 30

10. The Children of Theatre Street (1977)

G | 90 min | Documentary

A documentary on the Kirov School of Ballet in Russia, narrated by Princess Grace of Monaco.

Directors: Robert Dornhelm, Earle Mack | Stars: Grace Kelly, Angelina Armeiskaya, Michaela Cerna, Galina Mezenzewa

Votes: 123

12. Ballets Russes (2005)

Not Rated | 118 min | Documentary, History, Music

81 Metascore

Ballets Russes is an intimate portrait of a group of pioneering artists -- now in their 70s, 80s and 90s -- who gave birth to modern ballet.

Directors: Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine | Stars: Irina Baronova, Kenneth Kynt Bryan, Yvonne Chouteau, Yvonne Craig

Votes: 625 | Gross: $0.82M

13. LA Group: Pas de Deux (2012)

10 min | Short, Comedy

Callie's 3rd week of dance class at the group center. Relationships are crystallizing and Callie is inspired to teach dancing in couples. Wackiness ensues.

Director: Gerold Fathom | Stars: Sean Alexander Bart, Eric Callero, Katarina Fabic, Carrie Madsen

14. La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet (2009)

159 min | Documentary

The film follows the production of seven ballets by the Paris Opera Ballet.

Director: Frederick Wiseman

Votes: 568 | Gross: $0.53M

15. Ballerina (2006 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Music

This documentary gives insight to the lives of five ballerinas, all at different points in their careers. Looking at the operations of the Vagonova Academy and the Mariinsky Theatre, the life of a ballerina is disclosed.

Director: Bertrand Normand | Stars: Taylor Ash, Altynai Asylmuratova, Diane Baker, Olga Chenchilova

Votes: 370 | Gross: $0.11M

16. Pina (2011)

PG | 103 min | Documentary, Music

83 Metascore

A tribute to the late German choreographer, Pina Bausch, as her dancers perform her most famous creations.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Pina Bausch, Regina Advento, Malou Airaudo, Ruth Amarante

Votes: 13,659 | Gross: $3.52M

17. And We Will Dance (2009)

Not Rated | 69 min | Documentary

And We Will Dance peeks into the lives of incredibly gifted dance students at the UNC School of the Arts. The audience will get a first-hand look into the passionate intensity and the ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Childs | Stars: Ali Block, Pierre Guilbault, Emily Nicolas, Mark Tucker

Beginning March 27, 2010 the DVD of And We Will Dance will be available for purchase at Our film took home the Audience Choice Award at it's premiere for the 2009 Real to Reel International Film Festival. Our Facebook link is Here you can watch our OFFICIAL 2009 Theatrical Film Trailer. The film is very close to completion. To learn more about this film visit Artist Steve Childs has been painting, sketching and photographing dancers for more than twenty-five years. Now, as an independent filmmaker, he is directing a documentary film that has been a dream of his for many years. This film, titled And We Will Dance, allows you to peek into the invisible world behind the curtain - the inspiring lives of a handful of talented dancers from the North Carolina School of the Arts from dorm life to dance studios, audition to final performance. Follow their collaboration in classrooms, dressing rooms, to the stage. Hear these extraordinary young athletes' stories in their own voices, as they are consumed by the need to express themselves physically through dance. This is the first, very early release of the films trailer. We began this film project back in February 2008 and are currently in the post-production stage. If you would like to become a sponsor of the film there will be contact information at The music on the trailer is Michael Ramsey's group Pearl Merchant.

18. Omnibus (1967–2003)
Episode: Jennifer Saunders at the Barre (1999)

Not Rated | Documentary, Biography, Music

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Star: Jennifer Saunders

19. Felia Doubrovska Remembered: From Diaghilev's Ballets Russes to Balanchine's School of American Ballet (2008)

36 min | Documentary, Short

Felia Doubrovska created the role of the Siren for George Balanchine in his ballet Prodigal Son. This film presents her life and the influence on her pupils of this dancer of classical ballet who was modern before her time.

Director: Virginia Brooks | Stars: Maria Calegari, Alexandra Danilova, Felia Doubrovska, Allegra Kent

20. Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance (2012)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The Joffrey Ballet: Mavericks of American Dance, narrated by Mandy Patinkin, tells the full story of this groundbreaking company, from their founding in 1956 to the present.

Director: Bob Hercules | Stars: Sasha Anawalt, Gerald Arpino, Charthel Arthur, Dermot Burke

Votes: 42


21. Strength and Beauty (2013)

96 min | Documentary, Biography

To give voice to the ballerina, three women from North Carolina Dance Theatre open up about their careers and life choices.

Director: Chelsea Wayant | Stars: Melissa Anduiza, Alessandra Ball, Traci Gilchrest

Votes: 12


22. Ballet High (2009 TV Movie)

72 min | Documentary

Ballet High is a unique window into the world of a group of typical teenagers leading far-from-typical teenage lives. This is the story of the graduating class of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet ... See full summary »

Director: Elise Swerhone

Votes: 11


23. TuTuMuch (2010)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary

Nine girls take part in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Dancers, the few that make it to the next year, they have the chance to become professional ballet dancers, but the others, they may never get the chance.

Director: Elise Swerhone

Votes: 80

24. Men in Tights (2003 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

Basicly the ever so horrible Prince John decides its a bright idea to take over the the kingdom of Nottingham. He takes over while King Richard and Robin are at the crusades in another ... See full summary »

Director: Southan Morris | Star: Désirée Ballantyne

Votes: 33


25. Getting to the Nutcracker (2014)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary, Family

53 Metascore

Every Christmas season, The Nutcracker Ballet is performed in cities all over the world. What does it really take to produce this ballet each year? Our documentary film, Getting to The ... See full summary »

Director: Serene Meshel-Dillman

Votes: 34

26. Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq (2013)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

76 Metascore

Of all the great ballerinas, Tanaquil Le Clercq may have been the most transcendent. With a body unlike any before hers, she mesmerized viewers and choreographers alike - her elongated, ... See full summary »

Director: Nancy Buirski | Stars: Tanaquil Le Clerq, Jacques d'Amboise, Barbara Horgan, Randall Bourscheidt

Votes: 179 | Gross: $0.17M

28. Béjart Into the Light (2002 TV Movie)

92 min | Documentary

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Director: Marcel Schüpbach | Star: Maurice Béjart

Votes: 20

29. Béjart: The Show Must Go On (2009)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

The death of the brilliant Maurice Béjart in 2007 is an irreparable loss for the world of Dance.

Director: Arantxa Aguirre | Stars: Gil Roman, Béjart Ballet Lausanne, Maurice Béjart

Votes: 20

31. Great Performances: Dance in America (1976– )
Episode: Born to Be Wild: The Leading Men of American Ballet Theatre (2003)


A documentary crew follows four leading men of American Ballet Theatre to their respective hometowns as they rehearse a newly commissioned work by choreographer Mark Morris.

Director: Judy Kinberg | Stars: Jose Manuel Carreno, Ángel Corella, Vladimir Malakhov, Ethan Stiefel

Votes: 10

32. Dancing for Mr. B: Six Balanchine Ballerinas (1989)

86 min | Documentary

Six of George Balanchine's finest stars, Maria Tallchief, Mary Ellen Moylan, Melissa Hayden, Allegra Kent, Merrill Ashley and Darci Kistler pay a moving tribute to the legendary ... See full summary »

Directors: Anne Belle, Deborah Dickson | Stars: George Balanchine, Diana Adams, Merrill Ashley, Suzanne Farrell

Votes: 19

33. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About (2009)

TV-14 | 120 min | Documentary, Biography

Born Jerome Wilson Rabinowitz, Jerome Robbins was a dancer and choreographer. Starting his career as a modern dancer, he began to appreciate the technique involved in ballet, the two which ... See full summary »

Director: Judy Kinberg | Stars: Ib Andersen, William Archibald, Fred Astaire, Mikhail Baryshnikov

Votes: 60

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