News: Celebrate World Ballet Day

Tuesday 2 October 2018

Valentino Zucchetti and Joseph Sissons in morning class during World Ballet Day © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Charlotte MacMillan

Today is World Ballet Day, a global celebration of ballet via social media. The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet and guest companies from around the world will take part in a day of live streaming on Facebook to offer unparalleled behind-the-scenes access to some of the world’s leading classical dance organisations.

Now in its fifth consecutive year, this annual celebration of dance provides an opportunity for audiences to see the athleticism and dedication it takes to be a member of one of the world’s top ballet companies and invites everyone to share their love of dance.

Until 5pm today, the Royal Opera House Facebook page is streaming exclusive interviews and backstage rehearsals, all presented by Royal Ballet dancers Kristen McNally and Alexander Campbell.

Other companies streaming exclusive live content include The Australian Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, National Ballet of Japan, Dutch National Ballet, and from the UK, Scottish Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, The Royal Academy of Dance and Northern Ballet. The content will also be available to watch on-demand afterwards.

Last year World Ballet Day saw huge engagement with 171 million people watching #WorldBalletDay-related content.

Photo: Valentino Zucchetti and Joseph Sissons in morning class during World Ballet Day © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Charlotte MacMillan

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