Ballet in Motion Picturesby ursulahemard | created - 17 Jun 2011 | updated - 30 Sep 2017 | Public
movies who cast real professional ballet dancers .... (courtesy to Adam Cooper from the Royal Ballet in Billy Eliot's encredits)
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1. The Red Shoes (1948)
Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Music, Romance
A young ballet dancer is torn between the man she loves and her pursuit to become a prima ballerina.
Votes: 23,860 | Gross: $10.90M
Moira Shearer, Robert Helpmann, Leonide Masine, Ludmilla Tcherina
2. Billy Elliot (2000)
R | 110 min | Drama, Music, Romance
A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family.
Votes: 111,365 | Gross: $22.00M
Adam Cooper Royal Ballet
3. Center Stage (2000)
PG-13 | 115 min | Drama, Music, Romance
A group of 12 teenagers from various backgrounds enroll at the American Ballet Academy in New York to make it as ballet dancers and each one deals with the problems and stress of training and getting ahead in the world of dance.
Votes: 17,246 | Gross: $17.17M
Julie Kent, Ethan Stifel, Sascha Radetzky ABT Amanda Schull SFB
4. One Last Dance (2003)
PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Romance
Three dancers are forced to reconcile their differences.
5. The Company (2003)
PG-13 | 112 min | Drama, Music, Romance
Ensemble drama centered around a group of ballet dancers, with a focus on one young dancer who's poised to become a principal performer.
Votes: 5,979 | Gross: $2.28M
The Joffrey Ballet Neve Campbell National Ballet School of Canada
6. Dancers (1987)
PG | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
A successful aging dancer takes a young female protegee.
Votes: 238 | Gross: $1.19M
Mikhail Barynshnikov, Julie Kent, Alessandra Ferri, Leslie Browne, Tommy Rall, Lynn Seymour, Victor Barbee ABT
7. Fame (1980)
R | 134 min | Drama, Music, Musical
A chronicle of the lives of several teenagers who attend a New York high school for students gifted in the performing arts.
Votes: 18,276 | Gross: $0.00M
Antonia Francheschi, New York City Ballet
8. Mao's Last Dancer (2009)
PG | 117 min | Biography, Drama, Music
In Maoist China, a boy is taken from his family and trained to become a dancer, but everything he knows is challenged when he is chosen to attend a ballet summer school in Houston, Texas.
Votes: 6,853 | Gross: $4.81M
Li Cunxin, Chengwu Guo, Huang Wen Bin, dancers of the Austrlaian Ballet,
9. The Turning Point (1977)
PG | 119 min | Drama, Romance
When her daughter joins a ballet company, a former dancer is forced to confront her long-ago decision to give up the stage to have a family.
Votes: 3,804 | Gross: $33.60M
Mikhail Baryshnikov, Leslie Browne ABT
10. White Nights (1985)
PG-13 | 136 min | Drama, Music
An expatriate Russian dancer is on a plane forced to land on Soviet territory. He is taken to an apartment in which a black American who has married a Russian woman lives with her. He is to... See full summary »
Votes: 5,988 | Gross: $42.16M
Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gregory Hines
11. The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)
Not Rated | 128 min | Fantasy, Music, Musical
A melancholy poet reflects on three women he loved and lost in the past: a mechanical performing doll, a Venetian courtesan, and the consumptive daughter of a celebrated composer.
Votes: 2,431 | Gross: $0.09M
The opera film stars Robert Rounseville, Moira Shearer, Robert Helpmann and Léonide Massine, and features Pamela Brown, Ludmilla Tchérina and Ann Ayars. Only Rounseville and Ayars sang their own roles.
12. The Story of Three Loves (1953)
Approved | 122 min | Drama, Fantasy, Music
An anthology film consisting of three very different stories about love set in Europe and told in flashback.
Moira Shearer, Leslie Caron
13. La mort du cygne (1937)
85 min | Drama, Fantasy, Music
As the title would suggest, La Mort du Cygne (The Death of the Swan) is set in the high art world of ballet. In fact, it is the first full length motion picture set in this world. It is ... See full summary »
starring Yvette Chauviré, Mia Slavenska and Jeanine Charrat, Serge Lifar
14. Nijinsky (1980)
R | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Music
Set in the early 1910s at a time of passionate artistic experimentalism, and based on biographical fact, this is the story of Vaslav Nijinsky, the young and brilliant but headstrong premier... See full summary »
Leslie Browne, Carla Fracci, George de la Pena, Sir Anton Dolin
16. Slow Dancing in the Big City (1978)
PG | 110 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
An aging out of shape reporter falls for a pretty but seriously ill ballerina.
Votes: 164 | Gross: $1.58M
Anne Ditchburn NAtional Ballet of Canada
17. Specter of the Rose (1946)
Approved | 90 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Music
Ballet dancer Sanine may have murdered his first wife. A detective thinks so, and he's not the only one. Sanine is charming, if a little peculiar. Haidi, a ballerina, marries him. The ... See full summary »
Excerpts from the ballet Le Spectre de la Rose, which uses Carl Maria von Weber's piano piece Invitation to the Dance as orchestrated by Hector Berlioz, are featured in the film.
18. The Unfinished Dance (1947)
Approved | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
Meg, a young ballet student, idolizes the school's top ballerina, the shallow Ariane Bouchet. Meg is distressed when she learns visiting prima ballerina Darina rather than Bouchet will play... See full summary »
The Unfinished Dance is a 1947 drama film directed by Henry Koster. It is set in a ballet company, and is a remake of the 1937 French film Ballerina, based on a short story by Paul Morand. It won two awards at the 1948 Locarno International Film Festival.
Margaret O'Brien and Cyd Charisse star.
20. Black Swan (2010)
R | 108 min | Drama, Thriller
A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity.
Votes: 630,527 | Gross: $106.95M
ABT soloists Sarah Lane and Maria Riccetto served as "dance doubles" for Portman and Kunis respectively. Dancer Kimberly Prosa also served as a double for Portman. She stated: "Natalie took class, she studied for several months, from the waist up is her. Sarah Lane a soloist at ABT, did the heavy tricks, she did the fouettés, but they only had her for a limited time, a couple of weeks, so I did the rest of whatever dance shots they needed."
In addition to the soloist performances, members of the Pennsylvania Ballet were cast as the corps de ballet, backdrop for the main actors' performances. Also appearing in the film are Kristina Anapau, Toby Hemingway,Sebastian Stan, and Janet Montgomery.
21. Flesh and Bone (2015)
TV-MA | 60 min | Drama
A talented but emotionally troubled dancer runs away to New York City and quickly finds herself immersed in the cutthroat world of professional ballet.
Sarah Hay as Claire Robbins, a ballet dancer with a troubled past. Ben Daniels as Paul Grayson, an Artistic Director of the American Ballet Company. Emily Tyra as Mia Bialy, Claire's reluctant roommate who has an eating disorder. Irina Dvorovenko as Kiira, an aging prima ballerina struggling with an injury. Damon Herriman as Romeo, a homeless man who lives under Claire's building. Josh Helman as Bryan Robbins, Claire's brother and a former Marine. Raychel Diane Weiner as Daphne Kensington, an ambitious New Yorker from a privileged background. Marina Benedict as Toni Cannava, The American Ballet Company's transcendent new choreographer. Tina Benko as Jessica, the manager of the American Ballet Company. Sascha Radetsky as Ross, a womanizing principal dancer. Karell Williams as Trey, a struggling ballet dancer.
22. Polina, danser sa vie (2016)
108 min | Drama
A young girl studies classical ballet. As a young woman she turns to modern dance and choreography.
Votes: 1,193 | Gross: $0.17M
Angelin Preljocaj, Jeremie Belingard
23. High Strung (2016)
PG | 96 min | Drama, Music, Romance
When a hip hop violinist busking in the New York subway encounters a classical dancer on scholarship at the Manhattan Conservatory of the Arts, sparks fly. With the help of a hip hop dance ... See full summary »
Votes: 7,123 | Gross: $0.05M
Keenan Kampa, Boston Ballet, Mariinsky Theatre
24. Darling (I) (2017)
103 min | Drama
DARLING is the moving love story of a dancer on the rollercoaster ride of her life, a drama about the rise and fall of a modern woman as she summons the courage to face her greatest trial.
Astrid Grarup Elbo, Royal Danish Ballet
25. La danseuse (2016)
108 min | Biography, Drama, History
Loïe Fuller was the toast of the Folies Bergères at the turn of the 20th century and an inspiration for Toulouse-Lautrec and the Lumière Brothers. The film revolves around her complicated relationship with protégé and rival Isadora Duncan.
if real professional dancers are going to bu cast i still uncertain ....
26. The White Crow (2018)
122 min | Biography, Drama
The story of Rudolf Nureyev's defection to the West.
Russian dancer Oleg Ivenko will play Nureyev and Adele Exarchopoulos (“Blue is the Warmest Color”) plays Clara Saint, who opened Nureyev’s eyes to the Nouvelle Vague in Paris and helped choreograph his defection. The cast also includes Ukrainian dancer Sergei Polunin and Russian actress Chulpan Khamatova.