Romantic ballet is widely known through the works of the Danish maître de ballet, August Bournonville, 1805-1879, but the romantic breakthrough was made in Paris in 1832 with Filippo Taglioni’s La Sylphide, and reached its height in Paris in 1841 with the performance of Giselle, with choreography by Coralli and Jules Perrot. The ballerina was the centre of attention in romantic ballet. The 19th-century romantic ballets, and especially Bournonville’s, are still performed around the world. From the book “We are all equal”, by Finn Nygaard. Author Elsebeth Aasted Schanz, PhD, Manager and curator of the Danish Poster Museum.