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* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieInThePinkShoes'' is largely about the fun and joy of ballet dancing, but there is one scene where dancing is played for horror: the Ice Queen's palace, where she has frozen every "flawed" dancer she could find and stripped them of their identities, compelling them to dance against their will as her perfect ballerinas.
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* The original Japanese version of ''WebVideo/DanganronpaRebirth'' utilises a ballet motive for [[spoiler:[[GenkiGirl Maiko Kagura]]'s [[CruelAndUnusualDeath execution]]]].
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May overlap with TheDeadCanDance, MarionetteMotion and SurrealHorror. Contrast DaintyLittleBalletDancers.

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May overlap with TheDeadCanDance, MarionetteMotion MarionetteMotion, SurrealHorror, and SurrealHorror.WeightLossHorror. Contrast DaintyLittleBalletDancers.


* The "Waiting in the Wings" episode of ''Series/{{Angel}}'', where a ballerina is cursed to repeat the same performance for her jealous RomanticRunnerUp. After 110 years, the Fang Gang is able to break the curse and set her free.
* In the MusicalEpisode of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Dawn has to escape the musical-inducing demon through a contemporary ballet sequence.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' In "Asylum of the Daleks", Amy hallucinates a group of strangers pirouetting... before the illusion breaks and they are revealed to be murderous Daleks.

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* The "Waiting "[[Recap/AngelS03E13WaitingInTheWings Waiting in the Wings" Wings]]" episode of ''Series/{{Angel}}'', where a ballerina is cursed to repeat the same performance for her jealous RomanticRunnerUp. After 110 years, the Fang Gang is able to break the curse and set her free.
* In the MusicalEpisode of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "[[Recap/BuffyTheVmpireSlayerS6E7OnceMoreWithFeeling Once More with Feeling]]", Dawn has to escape the musical-inducing demon through a contemporary ballet sequence.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' In "Asylum "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks Asylum of the Daleks", Daleks]]", Amy hallucinates a group of strangers pirouetting... before the illusion breaks and they are revealed to be murderous Daleks.


* ''Film/TheRedShoes1948'' is set at a 1940s ballet company, where a story similar to the fairy tale ''The Red Shoes'' is being staged. The ShowWithinAShow's heroine is danced to death by her cursed pair of red slippers, while the film's heroine is torn by love and drama and eventually kills herself, seemingly under the shoes' influence.

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* ''Film/TheRedShoes1948'' is set at a 1940s ballet company, where a story similar to the fairy tale ''The Red Shoes'' is being staged. The ShowWithinAShow's heroine is danced to death by her cursed pair of red slippers, while the film's heroine is torn by love and drama and [[spoiler:and eventually kills herself, seemingly under the shoes' influence. influence.]]


* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' episode "Billy Idiot" in a possible reference to the above mentioned ''Film/Suspiria''.

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* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' episode "Billy Idiot" in a possible reference to the above mentioned ''Film/Suspiria''.''Film/{{Suspiria}}''.


* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' episode Billy idiot in a possible reference to the above mentioned suspira.

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* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' episode Billy idiot "Billy Idiot" in a possible reference to the above mentioned suspira.''Film/Suspiria''.


* ''Film/EvilDeadII'': [[spoiler:Linda's decapitated corpse]] moves like a creepy ballerina. The body pirouettes, the head stays still.

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* ''Film/EvilDeadII'': ''Film/EvilDead2'': [[spoiler:Linda's decapitated corpse]] moves like a creepy ballerina. The body pirouettes, the head stays still.

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* Evoked in ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' with one of Neferpitou's Nen abilities, Terpsichora, a monstrous ballerina-like figure that appears to have them on strings. Pitou commands it to make her "dance past [their] limits", resulting in freakishly strong leaps.


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* ''Film/EvilDeadII'': [[spoiler:Linda's decapitated corpse]] moves like a creepy ballerina. The body pirouettes, the head stays still.

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** Expanded upon in the [[Film/Suspiria2018 2018 remake]] where the witches use [[MagicDance dancing to place curses on people]]


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* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' episode Billy idiot in a possible reference to the above mentioned suspira.
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* In the Screaming Author case of ''VisualNovel/SpiritHunterNG'', attention is drawn to a ballet performance of "Duck Lake" that one of the victims was slated to star in. It's eventually revealed that said girl was kidnapped and mutilated to resemble a crane, much like how the princess in the play is forcibly transformed into a bird.
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* In ''Anime/SpeedGrapher'' there is a ballerino nicknamed 'The Rubber Gimp' who became so obsessed with being flexible. He became so unhinged, that he broke a little girl's arm for 'being too stiff'.

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* In ''Anime/SpeedGrapher'' there is was a ballerino nicknamed 'The Rubber Gimp' who became so obsessed with being flexible. He became so unhinged, that he broke a little girl's arm for 'being too stiff'.


Some works run with these notions and use the intensity of ballet to highlight horrific or unsettling things. Maybe the heightened form of drama ballet brings and the high-stress environment surrounding it takes a toll on a ballerina's sanity, the physical requirements results in mutilation (especially AgonyOfTheFeet), the DreamBallet takes a scary or dramatic turn, or the art itself is directly tied to the supernatural. In particular, the ethereal visage of a graceful ballerina might be tied to something ghostly. Overall, there is a lot of storytelling mileage in the dichotomy between the feminine, delicate-looking performance and its darker underbelly. See SubvertedInnocence.

May overlap with TheDeadCanDance and SurrealHorror. Contrast DaintyLittleBalletDancers.

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Some works run with these notions and use the intensity of ballet to highlight horrific or unsettling things. Maybe the heightened form of drama ballet brings and the high-stress environment surrounding it takes a toll on a ballerina's sanity, the physical requirements results in mutilation (especially AgonyOfTheFeet), the DreamBallet takes a scary or dramatic turn, or the art itself is directly tied to the supernatural. In particular, the ethereal visage of a graceful ballerina might be tied to something ghostly.[[OurGhostsAreDifferent ghostly]]. Overall, there is a lot of storytelling mileage in the dichotomy between the feminine, delicate-looking performance and its darker underbelly. See SubvertedInnocence.

May overlap with TheDeadCanDance TheDeadCanDance, MarionetteMotion and SurrealHorror. Contrast DaintyLittleBalletDancers.


* Widowmaker from ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' was a ballerina before she was brainwashed into becoming the villains' most effective assassin. Although she's a stoic killer now, she still references her ballet background in her ballet emote and her "Odette" and "Odile" skins themed after ''Swan Lake''.

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* Widowmaker from ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' was a ballerina before she was brainwashed into becoming the villains' most effective assassin. Although she's a stoic killer now, she still references her ballet background in her ballet emote and her "Odette" and "Odile" skins themed after ''Swan Lake''. [[SubvertedTrope However, Widowmaker does not use her ballet to unnerve her enemies]], but rather it is presented as one of the last manifestations of Amelia [=LaCroix=]'s former life that still exists inside her scrambled mind.


* ''Film/TheRedShoes'' is set at a 1940s ballet company, where a story similar to the fairy tale ''The Red Shoes'' is being staged. The ShowWithinAShow's heroine is danced to death by her cursed pair of red slippers, while the film's heroine is torn by love and drama and eventually kills herself, seemingly under the shoes' influence.

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* ''Film/TheRedShoes'' ''Film/TheRedShoes1948'' is set at a 1940s ballet company, where a story similar to the fairy tale ''The Red Shoes'' is being staged. The ShowWithinAShow's heroine is danced to death by her cursed pair of red slippers, while the film's heroine is torn by love and drama and eventually kills herself, seemingly under the shoes' influence.



* ''Series/{{Elementary}}'': The murder in the episode "Corpse de Ballet" (a pun on ''corps de ballet'') is a ballerina being [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe split in half]] during rehearsal

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* ''Series/{{Elementary}}'': The murder in the episode "Corpse de Ballet" (a pun on ''corps de ballet'') is a ballerina being [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe split in half]] during rehearsalrehearsal.

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