Going to the ballet

Ryan got me tickets to see "Swan Lake" next weekend as an anniversary present (remember this?). Since I am a huge ballet fan and he is not so much, I am even more grateful that he went out of his way to make the day special for me. It's a matinee, so we'll probably start with coffee and pastries and then off to the performance! I'm so excited, I'm already dreaming of tulle and twirls.
Have you ever been to the ballet? Or would you rather die? I'm curious where traditional ballet stands these days. Please share!  

P.S. I know the second picture is not of ballerinas, but the tulle was so pretty I couldn't resist. Plus, you know that if Swan Lake was a movie Odile would totally be rocking those black stilettos. Wicked!