Since I mentioned fouettés, I should share the infamous Black Swan Coda from Swan Lake, probably the most well-known of all instances of the thirty-two fouettés.
I couldn’t find a decent rendition that also included more of the pas de deux — all the ones I went through were less than stellar, at least on the fouetté end, with the dancers traveling way too much. But that gives you the idea.
The coda’s one of those virtuoso things I think every ballet student hears about. The Rose Adagio from Sleeping Beauty is another, only not so visually spectacular, because it’s more about the endurance of your left glutes and your right foot — more than once, but if you want to see the really famous bit, skip to the end of this video. (Embedding’s disabled on that one, alas.)
If, however, that old-skool ballet isn’t really doing it for you, have some Carlos Acosta!
If they want to sell ballet to modern audiences, scantily-clad men with freakin’ amazing bodies who arrive on stage by leaping eight feet into the air are a good way to do it. And his turns are equally glorious, if less obviously so to the uninitiated. (Watch not only the number of rotations he completes, but the way he has precisely enough momentum to get around. A lot of dancers ground what’s left into the floor; he doesn’t have to. He floats down.)