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A Ballet Beauty

Aloha my wonderful merfolk.

Did you know that before Walt Disney created his interpretation of the story of Sleeping Beauty, it was a ballet? It was written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and was first performed in 1890.

Does the music sound a little familiar to you? That’s because a lot of the musical score from Walt Disney’s sleeping Beauty actually came from this ballet. The music is beautiful so of course Walt would want to use it!

Today I want to talk about the ballet and it’s composer. Classical music should be talked about more. It’s absolutely beautiful.


  • The Sleeping Beauty is a ballet written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
  • It was completed in 1889.
  • It was first performed on January 15th 1890.
  • It is made up of a prologue and three acts.
  • The Prologue is set during the Christening of Princess Aurora.
  • Act I focuses on the spell, ending as the Kingdom is put to sleep by one of the good fairies.
  • Act II tells the story of a vision, ending with the Prince kissing Aurora and waking her.
  • Act III is all about the wedding of the happy couple.
  • The first ever performance of The Sleeping Beauty took place at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg.
  • The choreographer of the original ballet was by Marius Petipa.
  • he was the ballet master of the Imperial Ballet.
  • The ballet is based on the Brothers Grimm’s version of Sleeping Beauty.
  • the focus of the ballet was the conflicting nature of good and evil.
  • Tchaikovsky was never able to witness how popular Sleeping Beauty became outside of Russia as he died in 1893.
  • by 1903, the Sleeping Beauty was the second most popular ballet performed by the Imperial Ballet.
  • The Sleeping Beauty is Tchaikovsky’s longest ballet.
  • At full length, including intermissions, it lasts nearly four hours.
  • Without intermissions it is still nearly three hours long.
  • Tsar Alexander III had referred to the Sleeping Beauty as ‘very nice’.
  • Many other fairytale characters appear in the ballet.
  • These include Puss in Boots, Cinderella, Prince Charming and Little Red Riding Hood.
  • The Walt Disney Company filed for a registered trademark on the name Princess Aurora in March of 2007.

As the music is so beautiful I have shared a YouTube video below. It is nearly three hours long but is perfect to have on in the background if you are working or trying to relax.

I personally haven’t seen this ballet live but I know that if it comes to my city, I will be buying tickets to see it.

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17 thoughts on “A Ballet Beauty

  1. I never knew that it started off as a ballet, and I’m even more surprised because I love Tchaikovsky’s work (his “les saisons” series is beautiful). Looks like I know what music to put on in the background as I work!


    1. Yeah I didn’t realise it was Tchaikovsky’s work either. I knew it was a ballet though as I’d seen posters for it in my local theatre when I was younger 🙂 the music is beautiful! 💜


  2. Love this post!
    So unique and different to any other I’ve read, I love Disney and watched Sleeping Beauty for the first time at Christmas:)
    Fab post chick
    Charlotte xx


  3. This is a great tag. I learnt a lot. I knew where the music was coming from already though. Sleeping Beauty was never my favorite film coz it’s not like a lot was happening and I didn’t really like the fact that the Aurora, main character, had the lowest speaking time of all disney after dumbo ^^xx Corinne


  4. I saw a ballet when I was younger, and I genuinely think it was Sleeping Beauty. It was nice reading about the history behind the movie, and also it’s one of my favourites!

    – Chloe


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