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My list of worthwhile DVDs...

(*** indicates my desert island, must-have collection)

Aurélie Dupont - Danse l'espace d'un instant (2010)

American Masters - Balanchine (documentary for PBS) ***

Coppelia (Australian Ballet, 1993)

Dance in America's The Balanchine Celebration (sadly, VHS only) ***

Degas and the Dance (documentary, 2004)

Bringing Balanchine Back (NYCB, documentary 2009)

Ballerina (documentary by Bertrand Normand, 2006) ***

Ballet Russes (documentary by Goldfine and Geller, 2006) ***

Choreography by Balanchine, both Volumes 1 and 2 on DVD ***

Dancing for Mr. B: Six Ballerinas (documentary, 1989)

Jacques D'Amboise - Portrait of a Great American Dancer (2006) ***

Jerome Robbins: Something To Dance About - The Definitive Biography of an American Dance Master (2009)

Essential Ballet: Kirov Ballet at Covent Garden, London and Gala Performance from Red Square, Moscow (1968)

Etoiles - Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet ***

Jewels - Paris Opera Ballet (2006) ***

Kirov Ballet: The Magic of Russian Ballet (2004)

La Bayadere - Paris Opera Ballet

La Danse - Le Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris (documentary by Frederick Wiseman)

Maya Plisetskaya - Diva of Dance (2006) - this contains her performance of Bolero, missing from the other DVDs ***

La Sylphide (Paris Opera Ballet, 2004)

The Little Humpbacked Horse (with Maya Plisetskaya)

The Nutcracker - San Francisco Ballet (2008), NYCB (1997), Royal Ballet (2001)

Return of the Firebird [The Firebird, Petrushka and Scheherazade] (2002) ***

Sleeping Beauty - POB, Legris and Dupont (2006)

Stravinsky and the Ballets Russes: Le Sacre Du Printemps / The Firebird (2008)

Tchaikovsky Swan Lake - Mariinsky, Uliana Lopatkina, Danila Korsuntsev (2007)

The Children of Theatre Street (1997)

The Dancer (Swedish, 1994)

The Little Mermaid (San Francsico Ballet, John Neumeier choreography)

The Red Shoes (1948) ***

Sylvia (Ballet de L'Opera National de Paris) by John Neumeier (2005)

Sylvie Guillem - On the Edge (documentary 2009)

Tribute to Jerome Robbins (Ballet de L'Opera National de Paris) (2011)

Violette et Mr B (2008)

World's Young Ballet / Moscow International Competition 1969, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Ludmila Semenyaka, Anna Pavlova (2007)

There are films out there somewhere in the world - but not officially in release - that are a must see, such as Baryshnikov and Kirkland dancing Balanchine's "Theme and Variations" (1978), or "Apollo" with Peter Martins and Suzanne Farrell. But finding them in good condition is very difficult and pricey.

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