NEWS: World Ballet Day 2022, 2 November 2022


Happy World Ballet Day 2022!


Today is World Ballet Day 2022 so it is time to enjoy watching a full day of dance, live-streamed for free from six continents.

The world’s most exciting online ballet event is back for its ninth year! This is going to be the biggest celebration yet as over 60 ballet companies from all over the world will provide rare access to their classes and rehearsals. There will also be engaging discussions, interviews and behind-the-scenes exclusives.

Organised by The Australian Ballet and The Royal Ballet, World Ballet Day 2022 follows on from the success of last year, which saw over 50 companies take part. The line-up of participating companies includes 14 that are joining in for the very first time this year. As always, the day promises to showcase the very best of ballet by honouring its long history and looking forward to its vibrant future.

Expect to be wowed by ballet’s biggest stars, inspired by the dedication of up-and-coming performers and motivated to get dancing yourself.


World Ballet Day 2022. Dancer Anna Rose O'Sullivan captured mid-leap, with her legs stretching in a split. A camera on a tripod is recording the action from the foreground of the photo.


World Ballet Day Duet


Each year, everyone is encouraged to get involved in World Ballet Day by sharing their own photographs, videos and thoughts online.

This year, fans of all ages are invited to participate in the World Ballet Day Duet by sharing a video of themselves performing a piece of choreography inspired by the Rose Adage from The Sleeping Beauty. This section of the fairytale ballet portrays Princess Aurora blossoming into adulthood at her joyful sixteenth birthday party. As demonstrated by Royal Ballet principal Anna Rose O’Sullivan, lively running steps (bourrées or courus) performed on the spot depict the giddy excitement of childhood, while the graceful movements of the upper body (port de bras) represent an emerging maturity.

No ballet experience is necessary to get involved – simply adapt the choreography so that you can dance alongside Anna Rose in a way that works for you. Just have fun with it! Content should be shared on social media using #WorldBalletDay for a chance to be featured on the official livestream.


World Ballet Day 2022. Dancer Anna Rose O'Sullivan rehearsing the Rose Adage port de bras.


Participating companies:

Note that this list is subject to change

(* indicates joining for the first time)



Cape Town City Ballet

Joburg Ballet



Ballet Indonesia Foundation

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


North America

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

American Ballet Theatre

Ballet Arkansas*

Ballet Idaho*

Ballet West*

Ballet West Academy*


Boston Ballet

Houston Ballet

The Joffrey Ballet*

Kansas City Ballet*

Miami City Ballet*

The National Ballet of Canada

Oregon Ballet Theatre*

Pacific Northwest Ballet

Philadelphia Ballet*

San Francisco Ballet

The Sarasota Ballet*

Smuin Ballet*

Texas Ballet Theatre*

The Washington Ballet*


Central and South America

Acosta Danza

Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico

Ballet Nacional de Cuba

São Paulo Dance Company



Ballet de Barcelona

Ballet de l’Opera de Paris

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo*

Bayerisches Staatsballett

Birmingham Royal Ballet

Dutch National Ballet

English National Ballet

Estonian National Ballet

Finnish National Ballet

Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD)

Northern Ballet

The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet

Opera Sofia

Polish National Ballet

Royal Academy of Dance (RAD)

The Royal Ballet

The Royal Danish Ballet

The Royal Swedish Ballet

La Scala Theatre Ballet

Scottish Ballet

Staatsballet Berlin

Stuttgart Ballet

Wiener Staatsballett



The Australian Ballet

Queensland Ballet

Royal New Zealand Ballet

West Australian Ballet



Celebrate World Ballet Day 2022


World Ballet Day 2022 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 interpretation of the choreography from The Sleeping Beauty for the World Ballet Day Duet.


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



*Featured photographs are of Anna Rose O’Sullivan (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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