Classical ballets may vary in style, setting and plot, but one theme unites the most famous ballets: love. These five adorable French pas de deux for “pas de deux” are the ballet equivalent of a lacy Valentine’s Day or a heart-shaped box of chocolates: sweet, romantic and perfect for enjoying Valentine’s Day. -Valentine.
The Balcony Pas de Deux From Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet
The youthful joy of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers (choreographed by Sir Kenneth MacMillan) is on full display in this Act I pas de deux. After their fateful meeting at a masquerade, Romeo appears on Juliet’s balcony and the two declare their love for each other.
The Pas de Deux Ballroom by Christopher Wheeldon Cinderella
The familiar “love at the first dance” scene from Cinderella is even more captivating when this delicate choreography is performed in the round.
MacMillan’s Chambre Pas de Deux Romeo and Juliet
Yes, we really had to include a second Romeo and Juliet not on this list. This passionate moment between the couple becomes bittersweet if you know the tragic end to come.
Act II Pas de Deux by Marius Petipa Gisele
This pas de deux is definitely “romantic” in the original sense of the term – as ethereal, supernatural and highlighting intense emotions. However, Albrecht may have to be crowned the worst ballet boyfriend ever, given that it was his dishonesty that led to Giselle’s death in the first place. (And Giselle always saves him! She’s loyal to a fault!)
Petipa’s wedding pas de deux The Sleeping Beauty
Trust is surely the hallmark of a successful relationship, and nothing demonstrates trust like those quick, dramatic dives. Prince Désiré proves himself worthy of Princess Aurora’s love twice: first by defeating Carabosse, and second by not letting her down during their wedding dance.