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Bucharest National Ballet's 2013 trailer for "La Sylphide,' via YouTube

Few things are more powerful for promoting ballet performances than captivating trailers—especially in today's visually-focused, digitally-connected world.

We've rounded up some eye-catching ads from seasons past and present that not only make us wish we could have seen the show, but also stand alone as short films.

Bucharest National Opera's La Sylphide

Magnifying the scarf which—spoiler alert—brings about the ballet's tragic conclusion, this 2013 Bucharest National Opera's trailer turns that fateful fabric into a beautiful, deadly web. Its windswept movements form a dance of its own.

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Laura Michelle Kelly, Matthew Morrison and cast members of Finding Neverland

Tune in tonight to watch behind-the-scenes footage of Broadway’s most magical musical, Finding Neverland. Channel THIRTEEN’s arts program "NYC-ARTS" will provide viewers with a close-up look at the musical, featuring rehearsal footage, clips from the show and interviews with director Diane Paulus and leading cast members Matthew Morrison and Laura Michelle Kelly.

Finding Neverland is based on the 2004 Academy Award–winning film starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet. It tells the true story of author J.M. Barrie as he finds the inspiration to write his masterpiece, Peter Pan, through the help of a widow and her four sons. The musical features the choreographic talents of Emmy Award–winner Mia Michaels and is currently running on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater.

NYC-ARTS: Finding Neverland screens tonight at 8 pm on THIRTEEN. Not in the tri-state area? The show will be streaming on nyc-arts.org.

Matthew Morrison, who plays J.M. Barrie, shakes hands with Kelsey Grammer as Captain James Hook.

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