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.

 

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NEWS: World Ballet Day 2020, 29 October 2020

 

Happy World Ballet Day 2020!

 

World Ballet Day 2020 is here to remind us to make the most of any opportunity to celebrate.

This is such a strange year, but “ballet” remains my default setting.

Indulging in the ritual of barre. Sharing knowledge and enjoyment by teaching. Being immersed in the storytelling and emotion of an online performance. No doubt about it: for me, ballet is providing the normality, connection and escapism that 2020 is sorely lacking.

World Ballet Day 2020. Illustration of ballet teacher Georgina Butler.

 

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NEWS: World Ballet Day 2019, 23 October 2019

 

Clear your diary, today is World Ballet Day 2019!

 

Ballet companies around the world open their digital doors on World Ballet Day, inviting us to witness hard work happening in the studio and creativity at play in rehearsals.

The first ever Ballet Day took place in October 2012 when The Royal Ballet streamed a nine-hour day of behind-the-scenes footage. This live broadcast attracted 200,000 viewers and, since then, over 3.6 million viewers have watched via the company’s YouTube archive.

Following the success of this initial celebration, The Royal Ballet united with other major ballet companies all over the world in 2014 to create an annual occasion unlike any other in the dance calendar. Boasting 24 hours of non-stop ballet from all corners of the earth, World Ballet Day offers viewers the chance to discover how different companies strut their stuff. The programme includes company class, rehearsals and interviews with dancers, directors and choreographers.

Unsurprisingly, World Ballet Day is one of my favourite days of the year!

 

World Ballet Day 2019. Georgina Butler – wearing a black leotard, tutu and pointe shoes – sitting on the floor looking at her phone, ready to watch the annual online celebration of ballet.

 

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NEWS: World Ballet Day 2018, 2 October 2018

 

Happy World Ballet Day 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 (1903–1983) 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”. I 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, wearing a purple leotard and black tutu, posing en pointe. A World Ballet Day celebration.

 

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NEWS: World Ballet Day 2017, 5 October 2017

 

Happy World Ballet Day 2017!

 

Today, Thursday 5 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, wearing a pink leotard and black tutu, kneeling in an elegant ballet pose on a large flat rock in an idyllic garden. Photo by Terry Grehan.

 

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