NEWS: World Ballet Day 2021, 19 October 2021


Happy World Ballet Day 2021!


Today is World Ballet Day 2021 and this year the celebration is going to be the biggest and best yet.

A record-breaking 51 dance companies, across six continents, are uniting for the eighth edition of the annual online event.

Organised by The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet and The Royal Ballet, World Ballet Day 2021 will highlight the theme of resilience. So, as well as rare access to company classes and rehearsals, there will be interviews and discussions that explore the creativity, determination and passion needed to dance through tough times. All 24 hours of content is being live-streamed for free and viewers are encouraged to get involved on social media.

Whether you are a newcomer to ballet or a lifelong fan, you must seize the opportunity to fill your day with dance!


World Ballet Day 2021 'jump for joy' image of dancer James Large in rehearsal at The Royal Ballet. James is captured mid-leap, with his legs stretching in a split, his right arm extending out to the side and his left arm reaching up to the ceiling.


Jump for Joy


Dancers across the globe are experiencing great joy returning to the studio and the stage following the challenges of the pandemic. Indeed, returning to the various spaces we collaborate and connect in is special for everyone. We have all had to demonstrate a remarkable amount of resilience over the last eighteen months or so and it is gratifying to find reasons to celebrate now life is starting to settle into a regular rhythm again.

With this in mind, the companies participating in World Ballet Day 2021 are urging us to join the Jump for Joy challenge. To take part, you need to post a video of yourself performing your favourite celebratory dance move. No ballet experience is necessary – the more creative you can be the better! Content should be shared on social media using #WorldBalletDay for a chance to be featured in a compilation of the best clips.


World Ballet Day 2021 'jump for joy' image of dancer Marianela Núñez in rehearsal at The Royal Ballet. Marianela is captured mid-leap, with her legs stretching in a split ad both arms reaching above her head.


Participating companies:

(* indicates joining for the first time)



Bangkok City Ballet*

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan*

Hong Kong Ballet

Korean National Ballet

The National Ballet of Japan

Singapore Dance Theatre

Universal Ballet*



Cape Town City Ballet

Joburg Ballet*


North America

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

American Ballet Theatre


Boston Ballet

Houston Ballet

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal


Central and South America

Acosta Danza

Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico

Ballet de Monterrey*

Ballet Nacional de Cuba

São Paulo Dance Company



Ballet de Barcelona*

Ballet de l’Opera de Paris

Bayerisches Staatsballett

Birmingham Royal Ballet

Bolshoi Ballet

Dutch National Ballet

English National Ballet

Estonian National Ballet*

Finnish National Ballet

Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD)*

La Scala Theatre Ballet

Mariinsky Theatre

The Mikhailovsky Theatre

Northern Ballet

The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet

Opera Sofia

Perm Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theatre*

Polish National Ballet

Royal Academy of Dance (RAD)

The Royal Ballet

The Royal Danish Ballet

Scottish Ballet

Staatsballet Berlin

Stuttgart Ballet

Ural Opera Ballet Theatre*

Wiener Staatsballett



The Australian Ballet

Bangarra Dance Theatre*

Queensland Ballet

Royal New Zealand Ballet

West Australian Ballet



All the companies will be providing behind-the-scenes access to classes and rehearsals held in accordance with their local COVID-19 guidance.



Celebrate World Ballet Day 2021


World Ballet Day 2021 is being live-streamed via each participating company’s YouTube channel or Facebook page and will be available on demand afterwards too. There will also be exclusive content on TikTok.

Watch the entire online event live by visiting the World Ballet Day website.

Use the hashtag #WorldBalletDay on social media to share the joy of ballet and show off your favourite celebratory dance move.


The phrase 'Happy World Ballet Day' displayed in a font that looks like handwriting.



*Featured photographs are of James Large (Aud Jebsen Young Dancers Programme at The Royal Ballet) and Marianela Núñez (principal dancer of The Royal Ballet) in rehearsal. Photography by Andrej Uspenski.



Georgina Butler is an editor, a dance writer and a ballet teacher.

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