World Ballet Day – November 2, 2022

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World Ballet Day was created in 2014 by several dance companies across the globe. It brings together dancers and dance enthusiasts in a great celebration of ballet. Company classes, rehearsals and interviews are live streamed for anyone to watch for free, with large companies such as the Australian Ballet, The Royal Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet taking the main stage during the day. 
We have compiled a small selection of clips from previous years to inspire you to watch the event on Wednesday, November 2nd this year. Take a look below.

royal ballet logoThe Royal Ballet

The Royal Ballet Company was founded in 1931 by Ninette de Valois, and is one of the leading companies in the world both in tradition and innovation. The company performs classics like Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and the Nutcracker as well as contemporary pieces such as Chroma by resident choreographer Wayne McGregor. The current director of the company is Kevin O’Hare – a graduate of the Royal Ballet School and former dancer with Birmingham Royal Ballet

Take a look at some of the clips from previous World Ballet Days at the Royal Ballet.

Morning class at the Royal Ballet, 2021

Morning class at the Royal Ballet, 2018

Royal Ballet rehearsal of Giselle, 2021 

Royal Ballet School in rehearsal, 2018

Australian balletAustralian Ballet

The Australian Ballet was established in 1962 and is the resident company of Sydney Opera House and Arts Centre Melbourne. 75% of the dancers of the Australian Ballet are graduates from the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne. The company is known for its athletic and bold style. 

Moving effortlessly between the great classical works and the best of contemporary dance, including new commissions from both home and abroad, The Australian Ballet offers the nation transformative experiences through the power of our performances and our example of excellence.” Source: Australian Ballet website

Take a look at some of the highlights of the Australian Ballet’s World Ballet Day events below. 

Highlights from the Australian Ballet in 2021

Highlights from the Australian Ballet in 2020

Highlights from the Australian Ballet in 2018

Highlights from the Australian Ballet in 2016

Bolshoi logoBolshoi Ballet 

The Bolshoi Ballet, founded in 1776, is one of the world’s oldest ballet companies. It is also one of the largest, with around 220 dancers. Because of the size of the company, the Bolshoi operates two troupes of corps de ballet. The company began to develop its own bold, colourful identity with the appointment of Alexander Gorsky as director in 1900, and it is in stark contrast with rival company Mariinsky, whose style is at time  regarded as more pure and refined. 

See below to watch the Bolshoi Ballet. 

The full video of World Ballet Day 2021

The full video of World Ballet Day 2020

Second year of World Ballet Day in 2015

Rehearsal of La Bayadere in 2017

Want to see more? Here are a few other notable companies who participated in World Ballet Day:
Mariinsky World Ballet Day 2020

Dutch National Ballet 2021 – with class, rehearsal and interviews

Paris Opera Ballet in 2021, rehearsing La Bayadere

Dance Theatre of Harlem, 2021 (jump forward to 12:00 minutes in the video)

Wiener Staatsballett  2021 – class and rehearsal

Joburg Ballet, South Africa, 2019

Still want to see more? Type in ‘World Ballet Day’ on Youtube, and you will find many more videos starting from 2014 onwards. 

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