NEWS: World Ballet Day – Tuesday 2nd October 2018

 

Today is World Ballet Day, the one day of the year that balletomanes and ballet newbies alike are urged to press pause on their everyday activities and watch ballet!

American writer and dance critic Edwin Denby (4th February 1903 – 12th July 1983) is attributed to the quote: “You don’t have to know about ballet to enjoy it, all you have to do is look at it” and I fully support this sentiment. Simply witnessing ballet dancers do what they do best is enough to inspire admiration for ballet’s athleticism, aesthetics, artistry and amazing history and culture.

 

Georgina Butler. Journalist. Dance Writer. Dance Teacher. World Ballet Day.

 

♥ Happy World Ballet Day ♥

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NEWS: World Ballet Day – Thursday 5th October 2017

 

Happy World Ballet Day 2017!

 

Today, Thursday 5th October 2017, is World Ballet Day 2017.

As someone who has never known life without ballet, I would be lost without it. Ballet class has always been my favourite place to be. Moreover, my professional life revolves around watching ballet, learning about ballet, writing about ballet and teaching ballet. Essentially, most of my days are ballet days!

Still, today is an extra special day. It is all about celebrating what makes ballet important to us, sharing our love of ballet with those who have the same passion and encouraging everyone else to discover ballet for themselves.

World Ballet Day 2017 is the fourth edition of the annual celebration and the format of the international online event remains the same. Five of the world’s top ballet companies are live-streaming footage from their studios today to give us an insight into the day-to-day athleticism and dedication that life as a professional ballet dancer requires. Throughout an incredible 22 hours of live filming, viewers will see some of the most talented dancers on the planet take their daily ballet class, rehearse for upcoming performances and work with esteemed choreographers. We will also be treated to interviews with company directors, dancers and teachers – and be urged to get involved in discussions ourselves by joining the ballet buzz on social media.

 

Georgina Butler. World Ballet Day 2017.

 

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NEWS: World Ballet Day Live – Tuesday 4th October 2016

 

One day. Five ballet companies. Live and Online.

 

World Ballet Day LIVE, the marathon live-stream featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the top ballet companies on the planet, returns on Tuesday 4th October 2016.

In my world, every day is ballet day! I fill as many of my waking hours as possible with dance writing, reviewing, studying and teaching – all while endeavouring to ensure I never miss any opportunity to participate in a ballet class myself. This means that I eat, breathe and sleep dance most days. Unsurprisingly, I have nothing but enthusiasm for World Ballet Day LIVE. The now-annual event brings balletomanes across the globe together, for one special day, to share in the sheer joy of watching professional ballet dancers do their thing.

The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet are the five leading companies opening up their studios to audiences during the 20 hours of non-stop broadcasting. Viewers will have the chance to observe each company’s morning ballet class; acquire insight into choreographic and rehearsal processes; hear from influential and inspiring industry insiders and discover more about ballet from incredibly talented individuals who have dedicated their lives to the art form.

 

World Ballet Day Live 2016.

 

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NEWS: World Ballet Day Live – Thursday 1st October 2015

 

Happy World Ballet Day! One Day. Five Ballet Companies. Live and Online.

As a dance writer, avid advanced ballet student and developing ballet teacher, I tend to subscribe to Friedrich Nietzsche’s notion that “we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once”. If the opportunity to dance myself does not arise, I can normally be found penning a dance preview, review or feature; quizzing someone else about their work in dance; or watching professional dancers perform.

Today is World Ballet Day LIVE 2015. This online event is a wonderful way of bringing balletomanes like me as close to a host of professional dancers around the world as it is possible to get with 23 hours of live, behind-the-scenes video footage.

For one day only, The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet are uniting to celebrate dance on a global scale. They are throwing open the doors to their studios, rehearsal rooms and auditoriums in order to give audiences a chance to see just what it takes to be part of one of the world’s top companies.

 

World Ballet Day Live 2015.

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NEWS: World Ballet Day, Wednesday 1st October 2014

 

World Ballet Day: A global first sees top ballet companies lift the curtain to offer fans a glimpse into the rehearsal rooms. Meanwhile, the worldwide appeal of dance continues to inspire me…

 

The hard work, creativity and passion that underpins ballet will be centre stage for all to see today during the first ever World Ballet Day.

This global online event is offering unprecedented access to a regular day at five leading international ballet companies. Fans will go behind-the-scenes at The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet thanks to a live video stream. The collaboration is the first of its kind. Unsurprisingly, balletomanes everywhere cannot wait to journey from country to country and see a snippet of the backstage lives of their favourite dancers.

Each of the five ballet companies will take it in turns to stream a four-hour period live from their headquarters. Streaming will start at the beginning of the dancers’ day, with class.  The live link will begin in Melbourne with The Australian Ballet, before passing across time zones to visit Moscow; followed by stops in London, Toronto and, finally, San Francisco.

As part of this celebration of dance, we will see how vital the daily ballet class is to everyone – from the principal dancers to the corps de ballet members. We will also gain a deeper insight into how the companies’ differing ways of approaching choreography and performance make them unique on the world stage.

Wherever you happen to be in the world, a ballet class follows the same progression of exercises (from the focused sequences at the barre to the more elaborate and explosive routines danced in the centre) and demands the same dedication from participants. Simply put, you get out of a class what you put into it.

 

Ballet Papier Senior Company Class

Dedicated dancers are always ready to give their all in class (Illustration by Ballet Papier artist Berenice)

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