Russian Ballet: What to See, How to Book and What to Wear?

Russian Ballet: What to See, How to Book and What to Wear?

They say that Russian ballet school is the best in the world. Among its representatives are so many notable dancers and choreographers. If you have a chance, for sure take some time during the trip to Russia for a ballet experience.

What are the best ballet theaters? And how to book tickets to Russian ballet?


Bolshoy Theater – the main opera and ballet stage in Russia. Just renovated, and opened after huge restoration, for sure it is a beautiful place to visit and performance of a lifetime to enjoy.

Official site of Bolshoy theatre, it is in English, there you can find all the information about upcoming performances, both opera and ballets. One can buy tickets for the performance starting from 3 months in advance.

How to buy tickets?
You can make it online right on the website of Bolshoy theatre, or you can purchase tickets in the box-office.

Where is that?
1. Teatralnaya Square 4/2 – box-office of New Stage
2. Teatralnaya Square, 1 – box-office of Historical Stage (main stage)


Kremlin Palace – the concert hall situated on the Kremlin‘s territory, has also impressive ballet troupe and great performances. It is a great chance to see the high ballet and also to get on the Kremlin’s territory not been part of excursion group.

Official site of Kremlin Palace will give you the idea of their repertoire. Not all the site is available in English, but using translator in google chrome browser will help.

How to buy tickets?
You can book them by phone (we do not guarantee they speak English on the phone) +7 (495)620-78-31 и +7 (495)628-52-32. Otherwise you can buy tickets at the box-office.
Where is that?
Vozdvizhenka street, 1, metro station “Alexandrovsky sad”



Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theater – another great place to watch ballet. All classic staging they have: Swan Lake, Giselle, The Little Mermaid and others.

Official site of Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Theater, it is all in English and very well done!

How to buy tickets?
They have the online booking system on the website. Also, you can buy tickets at their box-office.
Where is that?
Bolshaya Dmitrovka street, Metro station “Pushkinskaya”, “Chekhovskaya”, “Tverskaya”
Phone: +7 (495) 629-28-35

Ballet in St Petersburg

Mariinsky Theater – the best stage in St Petersburg if you go for ballet.
Official site of Mariinsky Theater, where you can book tickets online, see the schedule and get more info about the theater

Mikhailovsky Theater – another place with great ballet staging. They have both modern and classic performances.
Official site of Mikhailovsky Theater, book tickets online.



In all big Russian cities, there are Theaters of Opera and Ballet. For example, Novosibirsk State Theater of Opera in Ballet, is situated right in the center of the city, great place to visit, as their performances are acknowledged by different awards, and building of theatre itself is fascinating.


What to wear?

Since old times visiting ballet was a festive occasion. Women put on their best dresses, for gentlemen black-tie was a must thing. Now traditions adopted together with different norms, but all in all people are getting dressed nicely.

Girls are ready for the ballet:


These charming ladies are also happy to be all dressed up for a nice occasion:


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