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.
The 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
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
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.