Movie Night

Movie Night

Hi everyone,

the BallerinaBoxx blog is back and we have so many great articles ahead. 

In today's post, I will share with you my favorite Ballet Movies so far. I think you have all seen a lot of fake ballet dancers in movies, commercials, etc. It’s been a while since people finally started to be more educated in what real ballet looks like and now can compare what is real and what is not. In recent years, we’ve seen a lot more real dancers in movies. It feels like people finally starting to realize that it’s hard and you can’t become a ballet dancer in a couple of months.



Let’s move to my favorite movies:


“Center Stage”

Center Stage

I’ve watched it so many times on my video player at that time, that even

now I can recite the lines. The story gives you a glance at what is to be a

ballet dancer in the real world, how different each dancer is, and the

different career paths as well.

Besides watching performances of American Ballet Theater stars Julie

Kent, Sascha Radetsky, Ethan Stiefel and others, you also enjoy great


One more point to make is the movie has an amazing music selection. 


“Billy Elliot”

Billy Elliot (2000)

When people think about ballet most of them imagine a ballerina in tutu and tiara, but there are not only girls in ballet, there are boys too. It can be a little bit embarrassing for the boys to say that they are doing ballet, as it’s considered to be for girls. In this movie, we can see a great example of passionate about ballet boy, who overcomes all stereotypes and work as hard as he could. Billy got his chance to audition for the Royal Ballet Academy and change his life forever.

Some interesting facts about “Billy Elliot”: the story was inspired by the life of Royal ballet dancer Philipp Marsden, whose family members were working on the mining coal too. The film was nominated for 3 Oscars and got a lot of International awards. More than 2000 young dancers auditioned for the role of Billy.



Dancer (2016)

Sergei Polunin is a ballet prodigy of our time. The film reveals a real story

behind becoming one of the greatest world renown dancers. I really

appreciate that director Steven Cantor showed the story of a talented

Sergei and his family, from his first steps in gymnastics back in Ukraine to

dancing on the best stages all over the world. An interesting fact is that

after filming a music video “Take Me to Church” Sergei wanted to finish his

dancing career, but thank God changed his mind.


“Romeo & Juliet”

Romeo & Juliet (1955)


Back in the 20th century, the USSR had created a genre of film-ballet and the 1955 “Romeo & Juliet” is one of its greatest achievements.

It stars one of the greatest ballerinas of her time, Galina Ulanova, in the role of Juliet and Yuri Zhdanov as Romeo, choreography by Leonid Lavrovsky. I hope you will have a chance to see it, especially the scene where Juliet runs with her cape. To make this scene perfect Ulanova ran almost a mile. I think it was worth it.

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1 comment

  • Aubree: August 29, 2018

    Thank you for sharing!! I haven’t see any of these movies yet! I’m putting them on my list and i’m excited to watch!

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