I looooove ballet, and didn't see any other threads discussing ballet music, so here we go~
Many of my favorite compositions are ballets, or shorter dance pieces (or pieces in the style of a dance that may or may not be danced to). My faves would include The Rite of Spring by Stravinsky, The Seasons by John Cage, and The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky. What ballets do you guys like? Has anybody had the fortune of seeing on performed live? What are your favorites? I've only seen The Nutcracker, and a performance by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company which featured two John Cage selections.
On a side note, if you love ballet and especially Romantic music, and you also like great stories, I must recommend the anime Princess Tutu, which is a wonderful light dramatic series in 26 episodes that features a music score of primarily 19th Century music (including Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Chopin, Wagner, Beethoven, Robert Schumann, and Prokofiev), especially music from ballets. The story and use of music is perfect, and all adds to a beautiful series.