NEWS: World Ballet Day, Wednesday 1st October 2014

 

Today is World Ballet Day! The day is a global first that will see 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 broadcast live from their headquarters for four hours. 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. Next we’ll spend time in London, stop off in Toronto and, finally, conclude our day in 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. It begins with focused sequences at the barre before progressing to the more elaborate and explosive routines danced in the centre. Ballet class also demands the same dedication from participants, wherever you dance. Quite simply, you get out of a class what you put into it.

 

Ballet class illustration by Ballet Papier artist Berenice

 

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