NEWS: World Ballet Day 2023, 1 November 2023


Happy World Ballet Day 2023!


Today is World Ballet Day 2023 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 tenth year! Let’s devote twenty-four hours to being grateful for the art form we love and the fact that leading ballet companies have been providing us with behind-the-scenes access to companies around the globe for a whole decade.

Organised by The Australian Ballet, The Royal Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, World Ballet Day 2023 promises to be the biggest celebration yet. The 10-year anniversary programme will give audiences the opportunity to see classes, rehearsals and exclusive footage from more than 60 companies.


World Ballet Day 2023. Royal Ballet artist Sumina Sasaki at the barre in ballet class. She is standing on her right leg, with her left leg extended behind in arabesque.


World Ballet Day: a social media moment


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

This year, dance fans are being asked to unite for a special social media moment by filming themselves performing their best pirouette. Give it a whirl whether you are spinning around for fun, learning the basics of turning or a pirouetting pro!

Content should be shared on social media using #WorldBalletDay for a chance to be featured on the official livestream.


World Ballet Day 2023. Royal Ballet principal Marcelino Sambé in ballet class. He is mid-jump, with his legs in the splits in the air.


Participating companies:

Note that this list is subject to change.



Cape Town City Ballet

Joburg Ballet



Ballet Indonesia Foundation

Bangkok City Ballet

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan

Hong Kong Ballet


Korean National Ballet

National Ballet of China

National Ballet of Japan

Singapore Ballet


North America

Ailey 2

American Ballet Theatre

Ballet Arkansas

Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico

Ballet West


Boston Ballet

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal

Houston Ballet

Kansas City Ballet

Miami City Ballet

National Ballet of Canada

Oregon Ballet Theatre

Orlando Ballet

Philadelphia Ballet

San Francisco Ballet

Smuin Ballet

Texas Ballet Theatre

The Washington Ballet


South America

Acosta Danza

Ballet Nacional de Cuba

São Paulo Dance Company



Ballet de Barcelona

Bayerisches Staatsballett

Birmingham Royal Ballet

Dutch National Ballet

English National Ballet

Estonian National Ballet

Finnish National Ballet

Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD)

Istanbul State Opera and Ballet

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo

Magyar Nemzeti Balett/Hungarian National Ballet

New Adventures

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

La Scala Theatre Ballet

Staatsballet Berlin

Staatstheater Hannover

Stuttgart Ballet

Wiener Staatsballett/Vienna State Ballet



The Australian Ballet

Queensland Ballet

Royal New Zealand Ballet

West Australian Ballet



Celebrate World Ballet Day 2023


World Ballet Day 2023 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 present your pirouettes.


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



*Featured photographs are of Sumina Sasaki (artist of The Royal Ballet) and Marcelino Sambé (principal dancer of The Royal Ballet) in The Royal Ballet in Class, World Ballet Day 2022. Photography by Andrej Uspenski.



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

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