<p>Composed in 1891 by Tchaikovsky, this timeless classic is the most performed ballet of the modern era. It wasn’t until 1944 when the first production of <em><a href="https://www.thoughtco.com/the-nutcracker-act-1-synopsis-723769" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="internalLink" data-ordinal="1">The Nutcracker</a></em> was performed in America by the San Francisco Ballet. Since then, it has become a tradition to perform during the holiday season, as it rightly should. This great ballet not only has some of the most recognizable music, but its story brings joy to children and adults alike.</p><i><a href="https://www.thoughtco.com/swan-lake-acts-i-and-2-synopsis-723768" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="internalLink" data-ordinal="1">Swan Lake</a></i> is the most technically and emotionally challenging classical ballet. Its music far exceeded its time, noting that many of its early performers claimed it was too difficult and complex to dance to. Much is unknown of its original production, but its revised production by the famous choreographers Petipa and Ivanov is the base of the many versions we see today. <i>Swan Lake</i> will always be held as the standard of classical ballets and will be performed throughout the centuries to come.<i>A Midsummer\u0092s Night Dream</i> has been adapted to many styles of art. However, in 1962, George Balachine premiered his first full length (entire evening) ballet. <i>A Midsummer\u0092s Night Dream</i>, a Shakespeare classic, served as the base of Balachine\u0092s ballet. He gathered the music of Mendelssohn who composed an overture for <i>A Midsummer\u0092s Night Dream</i> and subsequent incidental music in 1843. <i>A Midsummer\u0092s Night Dream</i> is a popular and enjoyable ballet that almost anybody will love.<p><em>Coppélia</em> was composed by Delibes and choreographed by Arthur Saint-Léon. The story was written by Arthur Saint-Léon and Charles Nuitter after E.T.A. Hoffman’s <em>Der Sandmann</em>. <em>Coppélia</em> is a lighthearted tale portraying man’s conflict between idealism and realism, art and life, featuring bright music and lively dancing. Its world premier with the Paris Opera was successful in 1871 and remains successful today; it is still in the theater’s repertoire.</p><p><em>Peter Pan</em> is a marvelous ballet fit for the entire family. The dancing, scenery and costumes are as colorful as the story itself. <em>Peter Pan</em> is relatively new to the world of ballet, and because there is no “set in stone” way to perform the piece, it can be interpreted differently by each producer, choreographer, and music director. Although each production may be different, the story remains nearly consistent – and that’s why it’s a classic.</p><i>The Sleeping Beauty</i> was Tchaikovsky\u0092s first famous ballet. His music was just as important as the dancing! The story of <i>The Sleeping Beauty</i> is a perfect match for ballet - royal celebrations in a magnificent castle, the battle of good and evil and the triumphant victory of everlasting love. What more could you ask for? The choreography was created by world renowned Marius Pepita who also choreographed <i>The Nutcracker</i> and <i>Swan Lake</i>. This classic ballet will be performed as long as the world turns.Many versions of <i>Cinderella</i> exist, but the most common are those that use Sergei Prokofiev\u0092s score. Prokofiev began his work on <i>Cinderella</i> in 1940, but paused during World War II. He finished the score in 1945. In 1948, choreographer, Frederick Ashton staged a full-length production using Prokofiev\u0092s music which turned out to be a huge success. <i>Cinderella</i> isn\u0092t just a movie, it\u0092s a ballet too, and it deserves equal amounts of attention.