All of these moms put a lot of thought and effort into getting their children the perfect holiday gift. Gene Schiavone, Courtesy American Ballet Theatre.

The 5 Most Unappreciated Moms in Ballet

With Mother's Day fast approaching, we started thinking about some of the mom characters in ballet who don't get enough credit. Below are five of our favorites.


"Swan Lake"

Boston Ballet in Mikko Nissinen's Swan Lake.

Rosalie O'Connor, Courtesy BB

Siegfried's mother might have put a lot of pressure on him to get married, but she did go to great lengths to provide him with plenty of options. She brought in princesses from all over the world, and he still had to go and choose a swan?

"Romeo and Juliet"

Houston Ballet in Stanton Welch's Romeo and Juliet

Amitava Sarkar, Courtesy Houston Ballet

So neither Lady Capulet nor Lady Montague are exactly winning mother of the year, since you could probably make a strong case that their stubbornness helped lead to Romeo and Juliet's deaths. But we're still giving them a shout out because it's hard raising teenagers, okay?

"The Nutcracker"

Miami City Ballet in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Daniel Azoulay, Courtesy MCB

Mother Ginger might have her hands full with so many kids, but one thing's for sure: she always knows where they are. And we can't forget Clara and Fritz's mother—throwing that Christmas party can't be easy, and she really takes holiday shopping to the next level. Our toys never came to life!

"Giselle"

San Francisco Ballet in Giselle

Courtesy SFB

In Berthe's defense, she did tell Giselle to go easy on the dancing; she even gave her a heads up about the Wilis.

"Sleeping Beauty"

New York City Ballet in Peter Martins' Sleeping Beauty

Paul Kolnik, Courtesy NYCB

Yes, the Queen should have double checked the guest list before the christening, but come on, she'd just had a baby. Little Aurora may have been a beauty, but she wasn't known for sleeping yet!

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