Top Ballet & Modern Dance movies on DVD and Blu-ray

Rent Step Up on DVD Step Up
Synopsis
Sentenced to a stretch of community service at a prestigious school for the arts, streetwise troublemaker Tyler Gage unexpectedly discovers his natural talent for dance when he pairs with one of the academy's ballerinas.
Cast
Cast
Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Damaine Radcliff, De'Shawn Washington, Mario, Drew Sidora, Rachel Griffiths, Josh Henderson, Tim Lacatena, Alyson Stoner
Director
Director
Anne Fletcher
Genres
Genres
Drama, Romantic Dramas, Ballet & Modern Dance, Dance
Rent Step Up 2: The Streets on DVD Step Up 2: The Streets
Synopsis
A tough street dancer at an elite performing-arts high school unites with other outcasts, including the class prodigy, to compete in an underground dance battle. Navigating between two diverse worlds, she grapples with frustration and anguish.
Cast
Cast
Briana Evigan, Robert Hoffman, Adam G. Sevani, Cassie Ventura, Danielle Polanco, Christopher Scott, Mari Koda, Janelle Cambridge, Luis Rosado, Harry Shum Jr., LaJon Dantzler, Telisha Shaw, Black Thomas, Kmel Howell
Director
Director
Jon M. Chu
Genres
Genres
Drama, Romantic Dramas, Hip-Hop & Contemporary Dance, Ballet & Modern Dance, Dance
Rent Fame on DVD Fame
Synopsis
When a group of ambitious teenage dancers, musicians and actors enter a new semester at New York's prestigious High School of Performing Arts, they try to make the most out of their chance at stardom in this remake of the Oscar-winning 1980 drama.
Cast
Cast
Kay Panabaker, Walter Perez, Naturi Naughton, Asher Book, Kherington Payne, Collins Pennie, Kristy Flores, Paul McGill, Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, Kelsey Grammer, Megan Mullally, Debbie Allen, Charles S. Dutton, James Read
Director
Director
Kevin Tancharoen
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Contemporary Movie Musicals, Showbiz Dramas, Musicals, Ballet & Modern Dance, Pop
Rent Mao's Last Dancer on DVD Mao's Last Dancer
Synopsis
A delegation from Madame Mao's Beijing Dance Academy selects 11-year-old peasant villager Li Cunxin to study ballet in far-off Beijing, where he trains for seven grueling years to become one of China's greatest dancers. His efforts win him the opportunity to dance in America, opening his eyes to a new love and the possibility of a dramatic defection from China in this remarkable true story based on Cunxin's autobiography.
Cast
Cast
Bruce Greenwood, Kyle MacLachlan, Joan Chen, Chi Cao, Amanda Schull, Shuangbao Wang, Chengwu Guo, Wen Bin Huang, Aden Young, Jack Thompson, Christopher Kirby, Penne Hackforth-Jones
Director
Director
Bruce Beresford
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Romantic Dramas, Ballet & Modern Dance, Tearjerkers, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Australia/ New Zealand, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent Ballet Shoes on DVD Ballet Shoes
Synopsis
An unusual explorer named Gum (Richard Griffiths) and his kindly niece (Emilia Fox) adopt three orphans -- Pauline (Emma Watson), Petrova (Yasmin Paige) and Posy (Lucy Boynton) -- and raise them as sisters in 1930s London. But the girls must fend for themselves when Gum doesn't return from one of his adventures. Together, they nurture their passions for acting, aviation and ballet in this charming TV adaptation of Noel Streatfield's novel.
Cast
Cast
Emilia Fox, Victoria Wood, Emma Watson, Yasmin Paige, Lucy Boynton, Richard Griffiths, Marc Warren, Lucy Cohu, Gemma Jones, Harriet Walter, Eileen Atkins, Mary Stockley, Teresa Churcher, Skye Bennett, Heather Nicol
Director
Director
Sandra Goldbacher
Genres
Genres
Drama, Teen Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Ballet & Modern Dance, United Kingdom, Dramas Based on the Book, Made-for-TV Movies, Period Pieces, Foreign Regions
Rent The Company on DVD The Company
Synopsis
A young dancer is focused on becoming a principal dancer with her ballet company but finds it progressively harder to stick to the demanding schedule. As the pressure mounts, she grows preoccupied with other interests, including her boyfriend.
Cast
Cast
Neve Campbell, Malcolm McDowell, James Franco, Barbara E. Robertson, William Dick, Susie Cusack, Marilyn Dodds Frank, John Lordan
Director
Director
Robert Altman
Genres
Genres
Drama, Indie Dramas, Ballet & Modern Dance, Dance
Rent The Red Shoes on DVD The Red Shoes
Synopsis
Fledgling ballerina Victoria falls in love with brilliant composer Julian while they collaborate on a ballet that makes her a star. But overbearing company owner Boris, jealous of their love, fires Julian and forbids Victoria from performing.
Cast
Cast
Moira Shearer, Marius Goring, Anton Walbrook, Jean Short, Gordon Littmann, Julia Lang, Bill Shine, Esmond Knight, Robert Helpmann
Director
Director
Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Romance Classics, United Kingdom, Ballet & Modern Dance
Rent Center Stage on DVD Center Stage
Synopsis
Vying for a spot in the prestigious American Ballet Company, 12 ambitious dance students are ready to push their bodies and minds to the limit to realize their ultimate dreams. With the audition looming, conflicts within the group arise.
Cast
Cast
Amanda Schull, Zoe Saldana, Susan May Pratt, Peter Gallagher, Donna Murphy, Debra Monk, Ethan Stiefel, Sascha Radetsky, Julie Kent, Ilia Kulik
Director
Director
Nicholas Hytner
Genres
Genres
Drama, Teen Dramas, Ballet & Modern Dance, Dance
Rent Center Stage: Turn It Up on DVD Center Stage: Turn It Up
Synopsis
Rejected by a prestigious ballet school, self-taught Kate questions whether she has what it takes to make it. But with the help of a former hockey player and some hip-hop inspiration, Kate realizes that she isn't ready to give up her dream.
Cast
Cast
Kenny Wormald, Rachele Brooke Smith, Sarah Jayne Jensen, Nicole Muñoz, Christopher Russell, Peter Gallagher, Ethan Stiefel, Christian Vincent, Daniela Dib, Crystal Lowe, Lucia Walters, Cody Green
Director
Director
Steven Jacobson
Genres
Genres
Drama, Showbiz Dramas, Teen Dramas, Ballet & Modern Dance, Dance
Rent Ballets Russes on DVD Ballets Russes
Synopsis
The legendary Ballets Russes troupe gave Russian dancers who were never allowed to grace the stage in their home country a chance to shine, especially in the 1930s and '40s, when the company achieved worldwide renown. But even as early as the 1900s, it had been a showcase for such big-name talents as George Balanchine and Vaslav Nijinsky. When the '50s hit, though, the enchantment began to fade in the harsh light of fiscal realities.
Cast
Cast
Marc E. Platt, Irina Baronova, Maria Tallchief, Alicia Markova, Nathalie Krassovska, Mia Slavenska, George Zoritch, Tatiana Riabouchinska, Yvonne Chouteau, Frederic Franklin
Director
Director
Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Ballet & Modern Dance, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent First Position on DVD First Position
Synopsis
Follow dancers training for the Youth America Grand Prix, one of the world's most prestigious ballet competitions. The stakes are high: their performances will determine the success or failure of their dreams.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Bess Kargman
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Ballet & Modern Dance, Dance
Rent One Last Dance on DVD One Last Dance
Synopsis
Real-life couple Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi star in this drama about three dancers -- Travis (Swayze), Chrissa (Niemi) and Max (George de la Pena) -- who reunite after years of estrangement to perform one last dance choreographed by their former mentor, who recently died and left his dance company on the verge of disbanding. But the dancers' creative collaboration dredges up old battles, leaving them more vulnerable than ever before.
Cast
Cast
Patrick Swayze, Lisa Niemi, George De La Pena, Matthew Walker, Stefan Wenta, Timothy Webber, Marie Stillin, Aundra Ford, Daniel Heifetz, Elena Heifetz
Director
Director
Lisa Niemi
Genres
Genres
Drama, Romantic Dramas, Ballet & Modern Dance
Rent Ballerina on DVD Ballerina
Synopsis
Filmmaker Bertrand Normand's fascinating documentary profiles five outstanding Russian ballerinas from the prestigious Mariinsky Theatre (the renamed Kirov Ballet), following them from grueling rehearsals to flawless performances around the globe. Dancers in the spotlight include gifted 18-year-old Alina Somova, the newest Mariinsky ballerina, along with Svetlana Zakharova, Evguenya Obraztsova, Diana Vishneva and Uliana Lopatkina.
Cast
Cast
Alina Somova, Svetlana Zakharova, Evguenya Obraztsova, Diana Vishneva, Ulyana Lopatkina
Director
Director
Bertrand Normand
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Ballet & Modern Dance, Dance, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12, Russian Language, French Language, France
Rent White Nights on DVD White Nights
Synopsis
In this dance-filled drama (which won an Oscar for original song), Mikhail Baryshnikov plays ballet star Nikolai Rodchenko, a Russian defector who finds himself back in the Soviet Union after an emergency forces his plane to land there. This time, the KGB wants to make certain he stays in the country. Confined to his old apartment and supervised by an American dancer (Gregory Hines), who may or may not be trustworthy, Rodchenko plots his escape.
Cast
Cast
Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gregory Hines, Jerzy Skolimowski, Helen Mirren, Geraldine Page, Isabella Rossellini, John Glover, Stefan Gryff
Director
Director
Taylor Hackford
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, Political Thrillers, Ballet & Modern Dance
Rent The Nutcracker (American Ballet Theatre) on DVD The Nutcracker (American Ballet Theatre)
Synopsis
The American Ballet Theatre performs Tchaikovsky's classic Christmas ballet, "The Nutcracker Suite." Young Clara (Gelsey Kirkland) falls fast asleep on Christmas Eve and dreams of fantastic and whimsical characters, including the Mouse King (Marcos Paredes) and the dashing Prince (Mikhail Baryshnikov). Stunning set designs and costumes mark this 1977 production, which also stars Alexander Minz as Drosselmeyer.
Cast
Cast
Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gelsey Kirkland, Alexander Minz, George De La Pena, Norman Rose, Rebecca Wright, Kenneth Schermerhorn, Marcos Paredes
Director
Director
Tony Charmoli
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Ballet & Modern Dance, Classical Instrumental Music, Classical Music, Special Interest, Dance
Rent Pina on DVD Pina
Synopsis
Wim Wenders directs to arresting effect in this performance documentary about Pina Bausch's Tanztheater Wuppertal dance company. Performing alfresco in Wuppertal, Germany, the troupe's pieces include "The Rite of Spring."
Cast
Cast
Pina Bausch, Regina Advento, Malou Airaudo, Ruth Amarante, Rainer Behr, Andrey Berezin, Damiano Ottavio Bigi, Bénédicte Billet, Ales Cucek, Clementine Deluy
Director
Director
Wim Wenders
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Foreign, Ballet & Modern Dance, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Dance, Foreign Documentaries, German Language, Germany
Rent Margot on DVD Margot
Synopsis
Considered to be one of the world's greatest ballerinas during her time, Margot Fonteyn illuminated the stage with grace and elegance but led a tormented private life. Director Tony Palmer's documentary explores her genius. Combing through a vast collection of footage, the film features exclusive interviews with previous dancing partners and includes performances of Fonteyn with Rudolf Nureyev, the partnership that left worldwide audiences awestruck.
Cast
Cast
Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev
Director
Director
Tony Palmer
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Ballet & Modern Dance, Dance
Rent La Danse -- Le Ballet de l'Opera de Paris on DVD La Danse -- Le Ballet de l'Opera de Paris
Synopsis
Captured by renowned documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman, the lives of the men and women that comprise world-famous Opéra national de Paris reveal an unending devotion to their craft and a passion for the dance that is unequaled. Wiseman provides an intimate behind-the-scenes view of rehearsals, performances and ephemeral moments of the dancers, choreographers and others that make up the creative troupe inside the Palais Garnier.
Cast
Cast
Nicolas Le Riche, Marie-Agnès Gillot, Agnès Letestu
Director
Director
Frederick Wiseman
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Ballet & Modern Dance
Rent American Ballet Theatre in Swan Lake on DVD American Ballet Theatre in Swan Lake
Synopsis
Caroline Kennedy introduces this memorable production of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's most popular classical ballet, recorded at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Under the direction of American Ballet Theatre artistic visionary Kevin McKenzie, ABT sensation Gillian Murphy takes the stage as the beautiful Swan Queen, Odette, with Angel Corella dancing the role of her suitor, Prince Siegfried.
Cast
Cast
Angel Corella, Caroline Kennedy, Isaac Stappas, Gillian Murphy, Marcelo Gomes
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Dance, Ballet & Modern Dance
Rent Paul Taylor: Dancemaker on DVD Paul Taylor: Dancemaker
Synopsis
This fascinating award-winning documentary goes behind the scenes to chronicle the genius and intense work ethic of celebrated dancer and choreographer Paul Taylor, as his company rehearses and then debuts his piece "Piazzolla Caldera." Director Matthew Diamond pulls no punches, revealing through interviews and candid backstage moments Taylor's mercurial and demanding nature, but in equal measure, he quietly records Taylor's unparalleled talent.
Cast
Cast
Paul Taylor
Director
Director
Matthew Diamond
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Ballet & Modern Dance, Dance
Rent That's Dancing! on DVD That's Dancing!
Synopsis
Ray Bolger, Liza Minnelli, Sammy Davis Jr. and Mikhail Baryshnikov host this MGM-produced retrospective of dance in film. Drawing from the MGM archives as well as those of other studios, the film debuts the uncut version of Bolger's "If I Only Had a Brain" number from The Wizard of Oz and includes a slew of other famous dance routines from films such as 42nd Street, Oklahoma, Flashdance, Saturday Night Fever and more.
Cast
Cast
Liza Minnelli, Gene Kelly, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Sammy Davis Jr., Ray Bolger
Director
Director
Jack Haley Jr.
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Dance, Ballet & Modern Dance, Tap & Jazz Dance, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent New York City Ballet: The Complete Workout on DVD New York City Ballet: The Complete Workout
Synopsis
Ballet master Peter Martins reveals in detail the training techniques -- once confined to the world's elite rehearsal studios -- used in this fitness video. The rigorous exercises are designed to tone and strengthen legs, thighs, buttocks, abs and the upper body. Martins doesn't explain the ballet lexicon, so the learning curve may be steep for some viewers. Bonus material includes profiles of the workout's professional dancers.
Cast
Cast
Peter Martins
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Sports & Fitness, Workouts, Dance Workouts, Dance, Ballet & Modern Dance
Rent George Balanchine's The Nutcracker on DVD George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
Synopsis
Narrated by Kevin Kline, this movie version of the timeless yuletide fantasy -- produced by George Balanchine -- features the New York City Ballet. Angels and sugarplums dance, a magic prince conquers all, a dreamy young girl twirls across the stage and a Christmas tree grows sky high in this enchanting adaptation.
Cast
Cast
Kevin Kline, Jessica Lynn Cohen, Bart Robinson Cook, Macaulay Culkin, Darci Kistler, Kyra Nichols, Damian Woetzel
Director
Director
Emile Ardolino
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Ballet & Modern Dance, Classical Instrumental Music, Dance, Classical Music, Christmas
Rent The Dancer on DVD The Dancer
Synopsis
This personal profile of Katja Björner, a tenacious aspiring ballerina, sheds light on her rigorous training rituals at the Royal Swedish Ballet School and her dreams of international stardom.
Cast
Cast
Katja Björner, Anneli Alhanko, Erland Josephson, Clint Farha, Valentina Savina, Michael Messerer, Aleksander Khmelnitski, Robert Cohan, Rudi van Dantzig, Niklas Ek, Hans Nilsson
Director
Director
Donya Feuer
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Foreign Documentaries, Ballet & Modern Dance, Dance, Scandinavia
Rent Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary on DVD Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary
Synopsis
Director Guy Maddin exquisitely captures the sound and the fury (not to mention the grace) of this classic story about a count with a thirst for blood, as told through ballet. This black-and-white, silent-movie rendering of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's Bram Stoker adaptation stars dancers Zhang Wei-Qiang, Tara Birtwhistle, David Moroni, Cindy Marie Small and Johnny A. Wright.
Cast
Cast
Zhang Wei-Qiang, Tara Birtwhistle, Dave Moroni, CindyMarie Small, Johnny A. Wright, Stephane Leonard, Keir Knight, Stephanie Ballard, Brent Neale, Matthew Johnson
Director
Director
Guy Maddin
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Ballet & Modern Dance, Performance Art & Spoken Word, Vampires, Experimental
Rent Swan Lake: Tchaikovsky on DVD Swan Lake: Tchaikovsky
Synopsis
Maverick director and choreographer Matthew Bourne brings a new, modern twist to this classic ballet story, taking advantage of the world's preoccupation with the ups and downs of the British royal family. In this telling, the Prince (Scott Ambler) is a wretched and dissolute young man dominated by his mother, the Queen (Fiona Ambler), and all the swan characters are transformed into muscular, extremely masculine males.
Cast
Cast
Scott Ambler, Fiona Ambler
Director
Director
Matthew Bourne
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Ballet & Modern Dance, Dance
Rent Dancing Across Borders on DVD Dancing Across Borders
Synopsis
Art enthusiast and philanthropist Anne Bass makes her first foray into filmmaking with this moving documentary that traces the journey of a talented young Cambodian man in his transformation from street performer to classically trained ballet dancer. Discovered by Bass in his native land, Sokvannara "Sy" Sar must learn to assimilate to the rigid structures of Western ballet to fulfill his dream of becoming a professional dancer.
Cast
Cast
Madame Boran, Keo Sa Roeum, Olga Kostritzky, Peter Boal, Jock Soto, Benjamin Millepied, Sokvannara Sar, Damian Woetzel, Phillip Glass
Director
Director
Anne Bass
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Ballet & Modern Dance
Rent Great Pas de Deux on DVD Great Pas de Deux
Synopsis
This collection of amazing pas de deux from some legendary ballets brings new meaning to the phrase "Meet you at the barre." Among the scintillating dances are several famous terpsichorean partnerships, such as Margot Fonteyn and Rudolph Nureyev in "Le Corsaire." Also featured are Darcey Bussell and Jonathan Cope, Cynthia Harvey and Mikhail Baryshnikov, and several others.
Cast
Cast
Mikhail Baryshnikov, Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev, Darcey Bussell, Jonathan Cope, Cynthia Harvey, Wayne Eagling
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Dance, Ballet & Modern Dance
Rent Balanchine on DVD Balanchine
Synopsis
The life and art of legendary ballet choreographer George Balanchine are examined through rare footage, penetrating interviews, films and photographs -- including insight from the maestro himself.
Cast
Cast
George Balanchine
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Ballet & Modern Dance, TV Documentaries, Dance, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent Baryshnikov Live at Wolf Trap on DVD Baryshnikov Live at Wolf Trap
Synopsis
In the prime of his career, Mikhail Baryshnikov performs solo and also shares the stage with prima ballerinas such as Gelsey Kirkland and Marianna Tcherkassky. Performances include "Don Quixote," "Coppelia," "Le Spectre de la Rose" and "Vestris."
Cast
Cast
Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gelsey Kirkland, Marianna Tcherkassky
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Ballet & Modern Dance, Dance
Rent Baryshnikov Dances Sinatra on DVD Baryshnikov Dances Sinatra
Synopsis
The twinkle of Frank Sinatra's "Ol' Blue Eyes" melds with the beauty of ballet in this innovative program starring world-renowned dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov and members of the American Ballet Theatre. Choreographed by the legendary Twyla Tharp, three performances -- "The Little Ballet," "Sinatra Suite" and "Push Comes to Shove" -- bring Baryshnikov's terpsichorean talents center stage and rekindle Sinatra's magic.
Cast
Cast
Mikhail Baryshnikov
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Ballet & Modern Dance, Dance
Rent American Ballet Theatre: The Dream on DVD American Ballet Theatre: The Dream
Synopsis
Choreographed by Frederick Ashton in honor of William Shakespeare's 400th birthday, this magical production -- based on the Bard's play "A Midsummer Night's Dream" -- features Felix Mendelssohn's famed score and sublime sets that add to the charm. Ethan Stiefel delivers an impressive performance as the lordly Oberon, Alessandra Ferri shines as fairy queen Titania, and Herman Cornejo is pitch-perfect as the impish Puck.
Cast
Cast
Ethan Stiefel, Alessandra Ferri, Herman Cornejo
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Dance, Shakespeare, Ballet & Modern Dance
Rent Last Dance on DVD Last Dance
Synopsis
Go behind the scenes of the contentious collaboration between the directors of avant-garde dance company Pilobolus and children's author Maurice Sendak, who supplies the troupe with the building blocks for a dance piece lionizing a holocaust legacy.
Cast
Cast
Robby Barnett, Maurice Sendak, Michael Tracy, Jonathan Wolken, Arthur Yorinks, Rebecca Anderson, Otis Cook
Director
Director
Mirra Bank
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Ballet & Modern Dance, Dance
Rent Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About on DVD Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About
Synopsis
This biographical portrait celebrates the controversial career of American choreographer and director Jerome Robbins, renowned for Broadway hits such as "West Side Story" and "Fiddler on the Roof" and for his work with the New York City Ballet. Featuring rare rehearsal and performance footage, along with interviews with Robbins and luminaries such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, the film offers an unparalleled glimpse into the mind of a master.
Cast
Cast
Jerome Robbins, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Suzanne Farrell, Jacques d'Amboise, Arthur Laurents, Chita Rivera, Stephen Sondheim
Director
Director
Judy Kinberg
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Dance, Ballet & Modern Dance
Rent Five Dances on DVD Five Dances
Synopsis
Real dance phenoms show their acting chops in this tale about Chip, a prodigy from Kansas hoping to make it big in New York City. Chip's first weeks of rehearsal are marked by triumphs and setbacks both in his personal life and in the studio.
Cast
Cast
Ryan Steele, Reed Luplau, Catherine Miller, Kimiye Corwin, Luke Murphy
Director
Director
Alan Brown
Genres
Genres
Drama, LGBT, LGBT Dramas, Ballet & Modern Dance, Romantic LGBT, Dance
Rent Ballet Class for Beginners on DVD Ballet Class for Beginners
Synopsis
David Howard's Ballet Class for Beginners is an excellent learning and teaching tool specially designed by America's foremost ballet master to introduce the beginning dance student to the technique and vocabulary of classical ballet, with an emphasis on posture, placement and movement potential. The program features Allison Potter, with music by Whit Kellog.
Cast
Cast
David Howard
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Dance, Ballet & Modern Dance
Rent Bringing Back Ballanchine on DVD Bringing Back Ballanchine
Synopsis
Kevin Kline narrates this documentary that chronicles the New York City Ballet's landmark 2003 journey to St. Petersburg's legendary Mariinsky Theater -- the very stage where company co-founder George Balanchine got his start. Timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Balanchine's birth, these lovely performances include some of the ballet master's favorite numbers. This program also includes behind-the-scenes footage of that tour.
Cast
Cast
Peter Martins, New York City Ballet, Kevin Kline
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Ballet & Modern Dance, Dance
Rent Carmen & Geoffrey on DVD Carmen & Geoffrey
Synopsis
Filmmaker Linda Atkinson profiles an uncommon husband-and-wife team in this biographical portrait of dancer-choreographer Carmen De Lavallade and her spouse, Geoffrey Holder, a choreographer, painter and costume designer.
Cast
Cast
Carmen De Lavallade, Geoffrey Holder
Director
Director
Linda Atkinson, Nick Doob
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Ballet & Modern Dance, Dance
Rent Balanchine: Chaconne, Prodigal Son, etc. on DVD Balanchine: Chaconne, Prodigal Son, etc.
Synopsis
Witness the magic of George Balanchine's choreography in this program that showcases the acclaimed New York City Ballet. In "Prodigal Son," Mikhail Baryshnikov and Karin Von Aroldingen interpret the Biblical story of acceptance and forgiveness. "Chaconne" boasts performances by Suzanne Farrell and Peter Martins as they bring to life the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Also included are "Ballo della Regina" and "The Steadfast Tin Soldier."
Cast
Cast
Suzanne Farrell, Peter Martins, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Karin Von Aroldingen
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Ballet & Modern Dance, Dance
Rent Swan Lake: The Royal Ballet on DVD Swan Lake: The Royal Ballet
Synopsis
Natalia Makarova and Anthony Dowell star in the Royal Ballet's production of "Swan Lake." When Prince Siegfried nearly shoots a swan whom he later discovers is an enchanted princess, he pledges his love to her, hoping to reverse the curse. Now a beloved classic, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet was originally regarded as a failure when it debuted in 1877.
Cast
Cast
Anthony Dowell, Natalia Makarova
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Dance, Ballet & Modern Dance, Classical Instrumental Music, Classical Music
Rent The Children of Theatre Street on DVD The Children of Theatre Street
Synopsis
Narrated by silver screen icon Grace Kelly, this Academy Award-nominated documentary profiles the renowned Kirov School of Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia, one of the world's most celebrated schools of dance. Tracing the journey from the school's notoriously demanding audition process to the culmination of the graduating class's final performance, this heartwarming film paints a vivid portrait of the life of an aspiring dancer.
Cast
Cast
Grace Kelly
Director
Director
Robert Dornhelm, Earle Mack
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Dance, Special Interest, Ballet & Modern Dance
Rent Barrework Level 1 on DVD Barrework Level 1
Synopsis
Get a personal lesson from one of the finest ballet teachers of our time with this easy-to-follow program. Finis Jhung has had a long career as a performer, director of his own ballet company and innovative teacher. Here, he explains 17 bar exercises while professional dancer Jennifer Harmer demonstrates. Using inventive props, Jhung discusses movement dynamics, correct body placement and how to avoid common mistakes.
Cast
Cast
Finis Jhung, Jennifer Harmer
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Sports & Fitness, Dance, Ballet & Modern Dance, Dance Workouts
Rent Martha Graham: Dance on Film on DVD Martha Graham: Dance on Film
Synopsis
This trio of short films showcases the immeasurable talents of world-renowned hoofer and choreographer Martha Graham. First, Graham narrates the 1957 documentary A Dancer's World, which takes a look at her teaching method. Two ballet productions follow: "Appalachian Spring" (1959) -- set to a dramatic score by composer Aaron Copland -- pays homage to the pioneer spirit, while "Night Journey" (1961) interprets the Oedipus myth.
Cast
Cast
Martha Graham, Eleanor Hamerow, Miriam Arsham, Ron Simon, Nathan Kroll, Aaron Copland, Deborah Jowitt
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Dance, Ballet & Modern Dance, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Degas and the Dance on DVD Degas and the Dance
Synopsis
French artist Edgar Degas's paintings of graceful ballet dancers are among his most enduring works. Narrated by Frank Langella, this dramatized documentary reveals how Degas's passion for the movement of dance inspired his Impressionist masterpieces. Convincing re-creations of the artist at work in his Montmarte studio and at the Paris Opera -- where Degas spent years studying its dancers -- offer viewers a glimpse into the mind of a creative genius.
Cast
Cast
Frank Langella, Brian Bedford, Peter Badger
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Ballet & Modern Dance, Special Interest, Dance
Rent Don Quixote (Kirov Ballet) on DVD Don Quixote (Kirov Ballet)
Synopsis
Cervantes' tale of the adventures of noble Spaniard Don Quixote comes alive onstage in this richly visual performance by the world-class Kirov Ballet. Composed by Ludwig Minkus and choreographed by Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky, the four-act performance features Kirov Ballet star Vladimir Ponomaryov as Don Quixote and Soviet dancers Tatyana Terekhova and Farouk Ruzimatov as lovers Kitri and Basilio.
Cast
Cast
Kirov Ballet, Tatiana Terekhova, Farouk Ruzimatov
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Dance, Ballet & Modern Dance
Rent Dancing for Mr. B: Six Ballerinas on DVD Dancing for Mr. B: Six Ballerinas
Synopsis
Through interviews and performance excerpts, ballerinas Mary Ellen Moylan, Maria Tallchief, Melissa Hayden, Allegra Kent, Merrill Ashley and Darci Kistler salute their legendary teacher, George Balanchine, and share the impact he had on their lives. A perfectionist who demanded the best from his students, Balanchine achieved considerable acclaim for his wonderful ballets such as "Concerto Barocco," "Serenade," "Firebird," and "Stars and Stripes."
Cast
Cast
George Balanchine, Marian Seldes, Mary Ellen Moylan, Maria Tallchief, Melissa Hayden, Allegra Kent, Merrill Ashley, Darci Kistler, Suzanne Farrell, Tanaquil le Clerq, Diana Adams
Director
Director
Deborah Dickson, Anne Belle
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Ballet & Modern Dance, Dance
Rent American Ballet Theatre at the Met on DVD American Ballet Theatre at the Met
Synopsis
Witness three wonderful ballets performed live on stage at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. "Sylphides" stars legend Mikhail Baryshnikov, "Sylvia" features a lovely duet and "Paquita" is full of energetic Spanish-style choreography. The American Ballet Theatre performers display their incredible talent and amazing versatility through this beautiful collection of memorable ballets.
Cast
Cast
Patrick Bissel, Fernando Bujones, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Marianna Tcherkassky, Cynthia Gregory
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Ballet & Modern Dance, Dance
Rent Carmen on DVD Carmen
Synopsis
Ballet superstars Mikhail Baryshnikov and Zizi Jeanmaire sizzle in a number of <i>pas de deux</i> that they dance in this erotically charged ballet. Famed French choreographer Roland Petit created the evocative choreography in this memorable dance spectacular set to composer George Bizet's classic music. Anytime you get a chance to see the incomparable "Mischa" soar, there's no doubt you're seeing classical dance at its very best.
Cast
Cast
Mikhail Baryshnikov, Zizi Jeanmaire
Director
Director
Roland Petit
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Dance, Ballet & Modern Dance
Rent Giselle on DVD Giselle
Synopsis
Ballet legend Rudolf Nureyev stars as Albrecht in a lushly mounted production of one of classical dance's perennial favorites. "Giselle" was one of Nureyev's greatest successes in his native Russia, and he's performed the role around the world ever since. The titular role -- one of ballet's most famous heroines -- is danced by the great prima ballerina Lynn Seymour.
Cast
Cast
Rudolf Nureyev, Lynn Seymour
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Dance, Ballet & Modern Dance
Rent Alvin Ailey: Beyond the Steps on DVD Alvin Ailey: Beyond the Steps
Synopsis
Documentarian Phil Bertelsen goes behind the scenes at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, home to one of the nation's most inventive and influential dance companies, as it takes its first steps into the 21st century. Following the troupe from rehearsal in New York City to a tour in Russia, Bertelson's camera also offers a glimpse into the ensemble's lives and passions as they again redefine American dance in their new ballet, "Love Stories."
Cast
Cast
Judith Jamison
Director
Director
Phil Bertelsen
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Dance, Ballet & Modern Dance, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Balanchine: Tzigane, Andante, etc. on DVD Balanchine: Tzigane, Andante, etc.
Synopsis
A hodgepodge of high culture awaits in this ballet compendium (choreographed by George Balanchine) that includes a performance of Ravel's gypsy fantasy, "Tzigane"; a production of "Andante" from "Divertimento No. 15"; "The Four Temperaments," one of Balanchine's best modern ballets; "Emeralds and Diamonds" from the "Jewels" piece; and a Stravinsky violin concerto, which has Balanchine teaming up with the great musician.
Cast
Cast
Suzanne Farrell, Peter Martins
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Dance, Ballet & Modern Dance
Rent Les Ballets Trockadero on DVD Les Ballets Trockadero
Synopsis
Made up completely of professional male dancers with the full range of classical to modern ballet, the troupe incorporates comedy into the dance routines by adding accidents and exaggerating foibles. The parody still doesn't shadow the skillfulness of Les Ballet Trockadero. This volume of Les Ballets Trockadero includes performances from Swan Lake, Raymonda's Wedding, and more!
Cast
Cast
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Les Ballets Trockadero
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Ballet & Modern Dance, Classical Music, Dance
Rent The Ballet Workout II on DVD The Ballet Workout II
Synopsis
With this exercise video led by instructor and professional ballet dancer Melissa Lowe, you can attain the strong, toned body of a dancer. Her routines don't require prior ballet experience: The key lies in maintaining correct position and posture. Lowe's program includes a pair of workouts for strengthening muscles, losing cellulite, and reshaping and conditioning the body -- all leading to an improved sense of well-being.
Cast
Cast
Melissa Lowe
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Sports & Fitness, Ballet & Modern Dance, Dance Workouts, Workouts, Special Interest, Dance
Rent Balanchine: Jewels Joyaux on DVD Balanchine: Jewels Joyaux
Synopsis
Legendary choreographer George Balanchine's 1967 ballet "Jewels" is performed at his beloved Paris Opera for the first time in this 2000 production. An abstract valentine to the world's ballet capitals, the work features three segments: "Emeralds" (Faur&#233;), "Rubies" (Stravinsky) and "Diamonds" (Tchaikovsky). Lush production design by famed designer Christian Lacroix highlights this one-of-a-kind dance masterpiece.
Cast
Cast
George Balanchine, Paris Opera Ballet, Aurelie Dupont, Marie-Agnès Gillot, Agnès Letestu, Clairemarie Osta, Laëtitia Pujol, Jean-Guillaume Bart, Kader Belarbi, Mathieu Ganio
Director
Director
Paul Connelly
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Ballet & Modern Dance, Theater Arts, Dance
Rent Swan Lake (Kirov Ballet) on DVD Swan Lake (Kirov Ballet)
Synopsis
The Kirov Ballet's version of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet classic "Swan Lake" includes choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Nandv and orchestration from the Kirov Theatre Orchestra, conducted by Victor Fedotov. Yulia Makhalina plays the beautiful Odette, with Igor Zelensky dancing the role of the valiant Prince Siegfried, a hero who battles the evil sorcerer Von Rothbart (Eldar Aliyev) to reunite with his one true love.
Cast
Cast
Kirov Ballet, Yulia Makhalina, Igor Zelensky, Eldar Aliyev
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Dance, Ballet & Modern Dance
Rent A Midsummer Night's Dream on DVD A Midsummer Night's Dream
Synopsis
This award-winning BBC presentation captures a 1999 performance of George Balanchine's beloved ballet by the Pacific Northwest Ballet, directed by Kent Stowell and Francia Russell, and the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Stewart Kershaw. Inspired by Shakespeare's whimsical comedy, Mendelssohn composed the overture to "A Midsummer Night's Dream" when he was just 17 years old. Featured dancers include Libby Crabtree and Judith Harris.
Cast
Cast
Libby Crabtree, Judith Harris
Director
Director
Kent Stowell, Francia Russell
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Ballet & Modern Dance, Classical Instrumental Music, Dance, Classical Music, Shakespeare
Rent Joni Mitchell's The Fiddle and the Drum on DVD Joni Mitchell's The Fiddle and the Drum
Synopsis
Music icon Joni Mitchell pieces together dance, video art and her own acclaimed music in this unique and moving performance, a meditation on war and environmental disregard. Mitchell teams with choreographer Jean Grand-Ma&#238;tre of the Alberta Ballet Company for this project, which features the songs "Sex Kills," "If," "Slouching Toward Bethlehem," "If I Had a Heart," "For the Roses" and "Big Yellow Taxi."
Cast
Cast
Joni Mitchell, Jean Grand-Maître
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Singer-Songwriters, Rock & Pop, American Folk & Bluegrass, Performance Art & Spoken Word, Ballet & Modern Dance, Dance
Rent Trilogy of Ballet: The Nutcracker on DVD Trilogy of Ballet: The Nutcracker
Synopsis
Discover one of childhood's most celebrated tales in this beloved holiday ballet, brought to life by acclaimed dancers Vladimir Vasiliev, Yekaterina Maximova, Vyacheslav Gordeyev and Nadia Pavlova (with music by Peter Tchaikovsky). Watch Herr Drosselmeyer unwrap his magical gifts for Clara and Fritz, as well as the dance confections that emerge in Clara's dreams.
Cast
Cast
Vladimir Vasiliev, Yekaterina Maximova, Vyacheslav Gordeyev, Nadia Pavlova
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Dance, Ballet & Modern Dance
Rent The Sleeping Beauty: Kirov Ballet on DVD The Sleeping Beauty: Kirov Ballet
Synopsis
Romance and fairy tale come alive in this astounding interpretation of a childhood classic, Sleeping Beauty. In the hands of the celebrated Kirov Ballet, featuring choreography by Marius Petipa, Sleeping Beauty is no less than magical, recounting the story of a scorned witch who, upon being snubbed by the king and queen when they don't invite her to their baby's christening, casts an evil spell. Featured dancers include Irina Kolpakova.
Cast
Cast
Kirov Ballet, Irina Kolpakova, Sergei Berezhoi, Lubov Kunakova
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Ballet & Modern Dance, Classical Instrumental Music, Dance
Rent The Sleeping Beauty on DVD The Sleeping Beauty
Synopsis
World-class dancers and acclaimed musicians come together in a grand performance of Tchaikovsky's masterpiece. In this 1994 production, the Royal Ballet brings Sleeping Beauty to life as Barry Wordsworth conducts the Royal Opera House orchestra. Originally choreographed by Marius Petipa, this ballet stars Viviana Durante as the slumber-loving princess, Zoltan Solymosi as her prince and Anthony Dowell as the evil fairy.
Cast
Cast
Anthony Dowell, Viviana Durante
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Ballet & Modern Dance, Classical Instrumental Music, Dance, Classical Music
Rent Barrework Level 2 on DVD Barrework Level 2
Synopsis
Advanced beginners are the target audience for this second volume of easy-to-follow lessons explaining ballet technique. Renowned performer, director of his own ballet company and innovative trainer Finis Jhung leads the program, providing instructions for 13 bar exercises while dancer Kelley Waddell demonstrates. He also discusses movement dynamics, correct body placement and how to avoid common mistakes.
Cast
Cast
Finis Jhung, Kelley Waddell
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Sports & Fitness, Dance, Ballet & Modern Dance, Dance Workouts
Rent A Tribute to Alvin Ailey on DVD A Tribute to Alvin Ailey
Synopsis
Alvin Ailey's legacy as one of the world's premier choreographers endures through this performance of three signature works: "For Bird with Love," "Memoria" and "Witness." Gary DeLoatch dances the title role in the first piece, a Charlie Parker tribute; April Berry appears in the second piece, Ailey's love letter to friend Joyce Tisler; and Marilyn Banks dances the third number, a solo piece. Artistic director Judith Jamison introduces the works.
Cast
Cast
Marilyn Banks, Gary Deloatch, Judith Jamison
Director
Director
Thomas Grimm
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Ballet & Modern Dance, Dance
Rent Giselle (American Ballet Theatre) on DVD Giselle (American Ballet Theatre)
Synopsis
Notable as the world's oldest repertoire ballet, "Giselle" still enraptures audiences with its tragic tale of betrayal and unrequited love. Choreographed by David Blair for the American Ballet Theatre, this 1968 performance stars Italian ballerina Carla Fracci in the title role, with Erik Bruhn as Count Albrecht. Hugo Niebeling and David Blair produced the performance, and conductor John Lanchberry leads the Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin.
Cast
Cast
Carla Fracci, Erik Bruhn, John Lanchbery, Toni Lander, Bruce Marks, Hugo Niebeling
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Dance, Ballet & Modern Dance
Rent Mark Morris Dance Group: The Hard Nut on DVD Mark Morris Dance Group: The Hard Nut
Synopsis
Famed choreographer Mark Morris gives Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" a contemporary spin filled with laughter and brilliant dance in this Emmy-nominated production filmed live at the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. Performed to Tchaikovsky's original composition and based on the story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the reworked ballet is set in 1960s suburbia, complete with go-go boots, hip huggers and G.I. Joes.
Cast
Cast
Mark Morris, Mark Morris Dance Group
Director
Director
Matthew Diamond
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Ballet & Modern Dance, Dance, PBS
Rent La Bayadere on DVD La Bayadere
Synopsis
Set in mystical India, this ballet tells the tale of an ill-fated love between Solor (Laurent Hilaire), a powerful soldier, and Nikiya, an exotic dancer who's murdered by her envious nemesis Gamzatti. Featuring dazzling set and costume design by Ezio Frigerio and Franca Squarciapino, this completely revitalized version of Petipa's original production was filmed at the Palais Garnier in Paris. Also stars Isabelle Guerin and Elisabeth Platel.
Cast
Cast
Isabelle Guerin, Laurent Hilaire, Elisabeth Platel
Director
Director
Alexandre Tarta
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Dance, Ballet & Modern Dance
Rent Bill T. Jones: Dancing to Promised Land on DVD Bill T. Jones: Dancing to Promised Land
Synopsis
Celebrated choreographer Bill T. Jones is known for concocting dances unlike any other. Melding concept with physical grace, Jones explores the politics of real life in his work, infusing it with social issues pertinent in today's society. This dance documentary traces the creation of one of his most famous pieces, "Last Supper at Uncle Tom's Cabin/The Promised Land," and examines why it remains one of Jones's most unforgettable shows.
Cast
Cast
Bill T. Jones, Arnie Zane Dance Company
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Ballet & Modern Dance, Dance
Rent World's Young Ballet: Mikhail Baryshnikov on DVD World's Young Ballet: Mikhail Baryshnikov
Synopsis
In 1969, the Moscow International Competition of Ballet Artists played host to some of the dance world's most legendary names. Twenty-one-year-old Mikhail Baryshnikov performs "La Bayadere" and a solo from Leonid Jakobson's "Vestris," while Ludmila Semenyaka dances a scene from "Giselle" and a modern jazz piece. Judging the competition are dance notables Agnes DeMille and Alicia Alonso and composer Aram Khachaturian.
Cast
Cast
Mikhail Baryshnikov, Ludmila Semenyaka, Anna Pavlova
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Dance, Ballet & Modern Dance
Rent Giselle: The Kirov Ballet on DVD Giselle: The Kirov Ballet
Synopsis
In this captivating production, the world-renowned Kirov Ballet of Russia performs the quintessential Romantic ballet "Giselle," in which the titular character falls in love with the young peasant Albrecht. When the naive Giselle discovers that Albrecht has deceived her and is in fact a nobleman, she dies of heartbreak, becoming a ghost. Principal dancers Galina Mezentseva and Konstantin Zaklinsky star in the leading roles.
Cast
Cast
Galina Mezentseva, Konstantin Zaklinsky
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Dance, Ballet & Modern Dance
Rent Coppelia on DVD Coppelia
Synopsis
Think a distaff version of the Pinocchio story. This delightful ballet by composer Leo Delibes tells the story of Dr. Coppelius, a toymaker and magician who attempts to bring to life his beautiful doll, Coppelia. A timeless dance extravaganza featuring the incomparable dance talent of Lisa Pavane and Greg Horsman, this performance was recorded live at the Sydney Opera House.
Cast
Cast
Greg Horsman, Lisa Pavane
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Dance, Ballet & Modern Dance
Rent Kirov Celebrates Nijinsky on DVD Kirov Celebrates Nijinsky
Synopsis
Russia's renowned Kirov Ballet honors innovative dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky in this quartet of live performances at Paris' Th&#233;&#226;tre du Ch&#226;telet. The Kirov dancers present "Sheherazade," "Le Spectre de la Rose," "The Polovtsian Dances" and "The Firebird," ballets closely associated with Nijinsky. Mikhail Fokine, chief choreographer to ballet impresario Sergei Diaghilev, choreographed the dances in these gala productions.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Dance, Ballet & Modern Dance
Rent Maurice Bejart's The Nutcracker on DVD Maurice Bejart's The Nutcracker
Synopsis
The showman of 20th century choreography, Maurice B&#233;jart, stages his distinctive rendering of the beloved Christmas ballet "The Nutcracker" using Tchaikovsky's entire score, supplemented with waltz and accordion music performed onstage by the renowned Yvette Horner. B&#233;jart uses the original St. Petersburg tale as a launching point from which to evoke the recollections and feelings of his life's journey from childhood.
Cast
Cast
Maurice Bejart
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Classical Instrumental Music, Ballet & Modern Dance, Dance, Classical Music, Special Interest
Rent Ballet Class: Int/Adv with David Howard on DVD Ballet Class: Int/Adv with David Howard
Synopsis
Professional ballet dancer and coach David Howard focuses on movement potential, kinetic awareness and classical vocabulary in this intermediate ballet lesson that features former members of the American Ballet Theatre. A member of the National Association for Regional Ballet's board of directors, Howard has coached at the Joffrey, New York's Metropolitan Opera, the Ballet de Marseilles, Boston Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada.
Cast
Cast
David Howard, Cynthia Harvey, Peter Fonseca
Director
Director
Gary Donatelli
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Ballet & Modern Dance, Dance
Rent Russian Ballet Highlights on DVD Russian Ballet Highlights
Synopsis
This presentation showcases the grace and power of Russia's two superlative ballet companies, the Bolshoi and the Kirov, as they perform five pieces drawn from their repertoire, including "Giselle," "Spartacus," "The Sleeping Beauty," "Le Corsaire" and "The Golden Age." Recorded in Moscow and St. Petersburg, this collection of dance highlights gives you a seat in the house even the most discerning ballet enthusiast would envy.
Cast
Cast
Kirov Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Dance, Ballet & Modern Dance
Rent The Art of Maria Tallchief on DVD The Art of Maria Tallchief
Synopsis
Acclaimed ballerina Maria Tallchief shines in this collection of vintage television clips. Originally broadcast between 1954 and 1966 on "The Bell Telephone Hour" and Radio-Canada telecasts, the programs feature Tallchief at the height of her talent. Performances include "Don Quixote," "Romeo and Juliet," "Les Sylphides" and others, with famous co-stars such as Conrad Ludlow, Rudolf Nureyev and Erik Bruhn.
Cast
Cast
Rudolf Nureyev, Maria Tallchief, Conrad Ludlow, Erik Bruhn
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Special Interest, Ballet & Modern Dance, Classical Instrumental Music, Classical Music, Dance
Rent Prince Igor: Kirov Ballet on DVD Prince Igor: Kirov Ballet
Synopsis
The sweeping saga of Alexander Borodin's "Prince Igor" springs to life with the talents of the Kirov Opera and Ballet in this memorable 1998 staging recorded live at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. Nikolai Putilin assumes the role of the titular 12th-century royal, who is captured by the Polovtsian nomad Khan Konchak (Vladimir Vaneev) and later escapes, only to see his son fall in love with Konchak's daughter.
Cast
Cast
Kirov Ballet, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Vladimir Vaneev, Nikolai Putilin
Director
Director
Valery Gergiev
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Special Interest, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music, Dance, Ballet & Modern Dance
Rent Centerwork Level 2: Finis Jhung Ballet on DVD Centerwork Level 2: Finis Jhung Ballet
Synopsis
Master ballet instructor Finis Jhung is joined by American Ballet Theatre dancer Kelley Waddell in demonstrating intermediate-level ballet techniques focused on bar and center floor movements. Balance and strength are the goals of this series of lessons from two virtuosos of classical and modern dance. A living legend, Jhung teaches professional dancers with American Ballet Theatre and the Joffrey Ballet, as well as musical theater performers.
Cast
Cast
Finis Jhung, Kelley Waddell
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Sports & Fitness, Ballet & Modern Dance, Dance, Dance Workouts
Rent Coppelia: The Kirov Ballet on DVD Coppelia: The Kirov Ballet
Synopsis
An imaginative and comedic classical ballet, "Coppelia" tells the story of young lovers Franz and Swanilda, whose romance is threatened by a mysterious doll maker and his life-size creation, Coppelia. When local villager Franz falls under Coppelia's spell, Swanilda must prove his foolish infatuation false by pretending to be the doll. The acclaimed Kirov Ballet of Russia brings E.T.A. Hoffmann's magical tale to life in this filmed performance.
Cast
Cast
Elvira Tarasova, Mikhail Zavialov
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Dance, Ballet & Modern Dance
Rent Les Ballets Trockadero 2 on DVD Les Ballets Trockadero 2
Synopsis
Since they formed in 1974, all-male Les Ballets Trockadero has delighted audiences worldwide with their playful interpretations of the ballet repertoire. Although their style is on the lighthearted side, the troupe is highly skilled in the art of dance. This collection features performances of "Les Sylphides," "The Dying Swan," "Paquita," "Le Grand Pas de Quatre" and an original work, "Yes, Virginia, Another Piano Ballet."
Cast
Cast
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Les Ballets Trockadero
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Ballet & Modern Dance, Dance
Rent The Catherine Wheel: Twyla Tharp on DVD The Catherine Wheel: Twyla Tharp
Synopsis
Seamlessly blending elements of movement and music, Twyla Tharp choreographs a rock 'n' roll dance spectacular, set to a score by former Talking Heads front man David Byrne. Adapted for television by Tharp from the original Broadway production, this memorable performance showcases the talents of dancers Sara Rudner, Jennifer Way, Tom Rawe, Katie Glasner, Raymond Kurshals, Shelly Washington, Christine Uchida and John Carrafa.
Cast
Cast
Twyla Tharp
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Classic Stage Musicals, Music & Musicals, Musicals, Ballet & Modern Dance, Dance
Rent The Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty on DVD The Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty
Synopsis
Reviving its acclaimed 1946 production, the Royal Ballet of London celebrates its 75th anniversary with this superb version of the Tchaikovsky classic, originally conceived and choreographed by the renowned Marius Petipa. Conducted by Valeriy Ovsyanikov, this lush production stars Alina Cojocaru and Federico Bonelli as the beloved fairytale couple and also features memorable performances from Genesia Rosato and Marianela Nu&#241;ez.
Cast
Cast
Valeriy Ovsyanikov, Alina Cojocaru, Federico Bonelli, Marianela Nuñez, Genesia Rosato, Alastair Marriott, Elizabeth McGorian, Christopher Saunders, Royal Ballet, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Director
Director
Ross MacGibbon
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Ballet & Modern Dance, Classical Instrumental Music, Dance, Classical Music
Rent The Kirov Ballet: Swan Lake on DVD The Kirov Ballet: Swan Lake
Synopsis
The Kirov Ballet set the benchmark for performing "Swan Lake" -- considered the greatest of the classical ballets -- more than a century ago when Tchaikovsky rearranged the score. Today, the troupe is still lauded for its impeccable performances. Filmed live at Russia's Maryinsky Theater, this stunningly flawless production stars Galina Mezentseva and Konstantin Zaklinsky as the lead dancers.
Cast
Cast
Kirov Ballet, Galina Mezentseva, Konstantin Zaklinsky
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Ballet & Modern Dance, Classical Instrumental Music, Dance, Classical Music
Rent The Divertissements: The Bolshoi Ballet on DVD The Divertissements: The Bolshoi Ballet
Synopsis
The Bolshoi Ballet's top-ranking soloists -- among them, Natalia Bessmertnova, Irek Mukhamedov, Nina Ananiashvili, Alexei Fadeychev, Lyudmila Semenyaka, Yuri Vasyuchenko and Nina Semizorova -- take the stage in this innovative group performance. The diverse program includes excerpts from "Sylphides," "Spartacus Act II," "The Sleeping Beauty," "Swan Lake: Black Swan," "The Golden Age Adagio" and "Don Quixote"; Alexander Kopylov conducts the orchestra.
Cast
Cast
Bolshoi Ballet, Natalya Bessmertnova, Orchestra Of London, Irek Mukhamedov
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Dance, Ballet & Modern Dance
Rent Barrework Level 3: Finis Jhung on DVD Barrework Level 3: Finis Jhung
Synopsis
Intermediate dance students will learn ballet techniques and bar exercises taught by Finis Jhung, one of the masters of classical and modern dance. Flexibility, endurance, balance and strength are the goals of this series of lessons demonstrated by Glenn Keenan of the New York City Ballet. A living legend, Jhung teaches professional dancers with American Ballet Theatre and the Joffrey Ballet, as well as aspiring musical theater performers.
Cast
Cast
Finis Jhung
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Dance, Ballet & Modern Dance
Rent Manon on DVD Manon
Synopsis
Impresario Kenneth MacMillan's brilliant production for the Royal Ballet, "Manon," tells the tragic story of a young male student who falls under the spell of a beautiful but immoral woman. Jennifer Penney beautifully dances the title role in this memorable production performed in 1982 at London's Royal Opera House in Convent Garden.
Cast
Cast
Royal Ballet, Anthony Dowell, Jennifer Penney, David Wall, Derek Rencher
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Dance, Ballet & Modern Dance
Rent Grupo Corpo: Dance Theatre from Brazil on DVD Grupo Corpo: Dance Theatre from Brazil
Synopsis
One of Brazil's most popular contemporary dance ensembles, Grupo Corpo combines Afro-Brazilian movements with ballet and modern dance to create an innovative and visually dynamic stage performance unlike any other. Documentarian J&#252;rgen Wilcke gives viewers a glimpse into the inner workings of this world-renowned troupe as the 19 dancers prepare to wow audiences around the globe with their energetic presentations of grace and passion.
Cast
Cast
Grupo Corpo
Director
Director
Jürgen Wilcke
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Ballet & Modern Dance, Dance & Electronica, Urban & Dance, Special Interest, Dance
Rent The Kirov Ballet at Covent Garden on DVD The Kirov Ballet at Covent Garden
Synopsis
The dancers of the Kirov Ballet display their world-class discipline and elegance in these two 1992 performances. In the first, the Kirov performs excerpts from "Eugene Onegin," "Swan Lake" and "The Nutcracker" in London's opulent Royal Opera Covent Garden -- with Princess Diana in the audience. In the second, Russia's Red Square provides the backdrop for selections from "Sleeping Beauty," "Giselle," "Don Quixote" and others.
Cast
Cast
The Kirov Ballet
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Dance, Ballet & Modern Dance
Rent Spartacus (Ballet) on DVD Spartacus (Ballet)
Synopsis
In his greatest role, acclaimed Russian dancer Vladimir Vasiliev stars as Spartacus, the heroic slave who leads a revolt against the Romans in this magnificent adaptation from the Bolshoi Ballet. The result is, according to <i>The New York Times</i>, "one of the best dance films ever made." Featuring choreography by Yuri Grigorovich and a score by Aram Khachaturian, the production co-stars Natalia Bessmertnova.
Cast
Cast
Vladimir Vasiliev, Natalia Bessmertnova, Marius Liepa, Nina Timofeyeva, Algis Zhuraitis, Yuri Grigorovich
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Ballet & Modern Dance, Classical Instrumental Music, Dance, Classical Music
Rent Cage/Cunningham on DVD Cage/Cunningham
Synopsis
The pairing of composer John Cage and choreographer Merce Cunningham remains one of the most extraordinary collaborations in modern dance. Here, filmmaker Elliot Caplan documents the decades-long partnership between these two talented artists and the innovative and unprecedented dance techniques they produced. This fascinating profile features Cage and Cunningham explaining their artistic philosophies and their cooperative work process.
Cast
Cast
John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Frank Stella
Director
Director
Elliot Caplan
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Dance, Ballet & Modern Dance
Rent Prince Igor (Kirov Opera) on DVD Prince Igor (Kirov Opera)
Synopsis
Prince Igor, the Russian leader who defended his Ukrainian homeland against invasion during the 12th century, is the protagonist of this opera by Alexander Borodin that features numerous well-known melodies. Filmed on location where the story takes place, this acclaimed Kirov Opera, Orchestra and Ballet performance stars Boris Khmelnitsky as Prince Igor (sung by Vladimir Kinyaev) and Nelli Pshennaya as Yaroslava (sung by Tamara Milashkina).
Cast
Cast
Vladimir Kinyaev, Tamara Milashkina, Virghilius Norelka, Irina Bogacheva, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Kirov Ballet, Boris Khmelnitsky, Nelli Pshennaya
Director
Director
Roman Tikhomirov
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Classical Music, Opera & Operetta, Theater Arts, Theatrical Performances, Dance, Ballet & Modern Dance
Rent Swan Lake: The Bolshoi Theatre on DVD Swan Lake: The Bolshoi Theatre
Synopsis
The Bolshoi Ballet dances one of the world's most beloved ballets under the direction of master choreographer Yuri Grigorvich. Prince Siegfried (Alexander Bogatyrev) falls in love with the beautiful Odette (Natalia Bessmertnova), who is under a curse that turns her into a swan by day. Only by swearing his love can Siegfried break the spell, but when he mistakes the nearly identical Odile for his beloved, his hopes may be shattered.
Cast
Cast
Bolshoi Ballet, Natalia Bessmertnova, Alexander Bogatyrev
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Ballet & Modern Dance, Dance
Rent Broadway Dance Center: Turns & Turn Combos on DVD Broadway Dance Center: Turns & Turn Combos
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Master choreographer Michele Assaf presents a series of lessons in the fundamental techniques of turns, with material for beginners and intermediates as well as advanced students. Each position and movement is carefully demonstrated at all three levels by a group of dancers, and then critiqued by Assaf. Commentary layered over slow-motion video of the dancers' transitions helps illustrate proper technique for each combination of movements.
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Sports & Fitness, Dance, Ballet & Modern Dance, Dance Workouts
Rent Mayerling on DVD Mayerling
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Based on the murky historical tale about a suicide pact between Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria and his teenage mistress, Baroness Mary Vetsera, this ballet created by Kenneth MacMillan features the music of composer Franz Liszt. Performed at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, this lavish 1994 production stars Viviana Durante, Irek Mukhamedov and Lesley Collier. Barry Wordsworth conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.
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Irek Mukhamedov, Lesley Collier, Darcey Bussell, Viviana Durante, Barry Wordsworth, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
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Special Interest, Ballet & Modern Dance, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music, Dance
Rent La Bayadére: The Kirov Theatre on DVD La Bayadére: The Kirov Theatre
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Filmed on the legendary stage of its 1877 premiere, this landmark Kirov Ballet performance of the Russian classic, conducted by the masterful baton of Victor Shirokov, stars Gabriella Komleva, Rejen Abdyev and Tatiana Terekhova. Based on the verses of an ancient Indian poem, this powerful epic follows the tragic, star-crossed romance between an indentured temple dancer and a noble prince.
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Victor Shirokov, Gabriella Komleva, Tatiana Terekhova, Rejen Abdyev, Kirov Ballet
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Music & Musicals, Ballet & Modern Dance, Classical Instrumental Music, Classical Music, Dance
Rent Simply Ballet: Master Class for Beginners on DVD Simply Ballet: Master Class for Beginners
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Improve your basic ballet skills with American Ballet Theatre ballerina Michelle Benash as she leads you from the bar through a series of leaps using fun and easy-to-follow instructions. In Michelle's hands, you'll discover the simple joy of ballet like never before. Covering the groundwork of classical ballet, the course is recommended for beginners with some training under their belt who are ready to move to the next level.
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Michelle Benash
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Special Interest, Dance, Ballet & Modern Dance
Rent Art of Pointework: Level 1 on DVD Art of Pointework: Level 1
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Finis Jhung and other dance luminaries take you through the finer elements of ballet basics, beginning with pointe shoes -- how they're made, how to select them and how to wear them correctly. Also included are barre exercises and a variety of movements designed to strengthen your foot and ankle. Both practical and inspirational, this presentation is ideal for beginning and advanced ballerinas alike.
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Judy Weiss, Ashlee Knapp, Finis Jhung
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Director
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Sports & Fitness, Dance, Ballet & Modern Dance
Rent The Glory of the Bolshoi on DVD The Glory of the Bolshoi
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In these 18 examples of the Bolshoi Ballet's repertoire from 1913 to 1984, ballet greats including Vladimir Vassiliev, Ekaterina Maximova, Maya Plisetskaya, Irek Mukhemedov, Natalia Bessmertnova and Alla Mankevitch bring grace and discipline to the masterworks of the medium. Sequences include the white swan pas de deux from "Swan Lake," the pas de trois from "The Nutcracker" and the pas de deux from "The Flames of Paris."
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Bolshoi Ballet, Irek Mukhamedov, Natalia Bessmertnova, Galina Ulanova, Vladimir Preobrazhensky, Ekaterina Geltzer, Vassili Tikhomirov, Olga Lepeshinskaya, Piotr Gusev, Marina Semenova
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Special Interest, Dance, Ballet & Modern Dance
Rent Step Up: Revolution Dance Workout on DVD Step Up: Revolution Dance Workout
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This supercharged, energizing and fun series of four dance workouts features music and moves from the hit movie Step Up Revolution. The routines are designed to help you burn serious calories while having fun.
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Bryan Tanaka, Micki Duran
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Director
Cal Pozo
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Sports & Fitness, Dance Workouts, Hip-Hop & Contemporary Dance, Ballet & Modern Dance, Workouts
Rent La Fille Mal Gardee on DVD La Fille Mal Gardee
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The legendary Royal Ballet presents this pastoral ballet set to the music of Ferdinand H&#233;rold, with choreography by Frederick Ashton. Prima ballerina Lesley Collier plays Lise, a young farm girl forced to marry against her heart's desire. John Lanchbery conducts this playful work featuring Garry Grant, Brian Shaw and Michael Coleman. This production of "La Fille Mal Gard&#233;e" was filmed for BBC television at Covent Garden in January 1981.
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Lesley Collier, Brian Shaw, Michael Coleman, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Royal Ballet, Garry Grant
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Director
John Vernon
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Special Interest, Ballet & Modern Dance, Dance
Rent The Paris Opera Ballet: Six Ballets on DVD The Paris Opera Ballet: Six Ballets
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The Paris Opera Ballet's greatest stars unite for this program that proves why the company is called "the cradle of classical ballet." Choreographer Nobert Schmucki staged the six works specifically for this performance. Patrick Dupond, Claude De Vulpian, No&#235;lla Pontois, Felix Vivian, Kader Belarbi and others perform excerpts from Valera's "Ephemera," Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake," Meyerbeer's "The Ice Skaters," Shostakovich's "Paillettes" and more.
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Patrick Dupond, Claude De Vulpian, Noella Pontois, Felix Vivian, Kader Belarbi
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Director
Nobert Schmucki
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Special Interest, Ballet & Modern Dance, Classical Instrumental Music, Dance, Classical Music
Rent Classical Art of Ballet: Basic on DVD Classical Art of Ballet: Basic
Synopsis
Young Chloe is eager to start learning ballet. This instructional program allows beginners to tag along as she learns about basic positions and movements from her highly accomplished teacher, ballerina Veronique Saouter. By paying attention to Saoter's instructions and following along with Chloe, aspiring ballerinas will be able to practice jumps and bends in no time. The program also includes a historical overview of ballet.
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Veronique Saouter
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Director
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Special Interest, Dance, Ballet & Modern Dance
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