World Ballet Day

After a year that was skipped due to the pandemic, World Ballet Day 2021 is back. This year celebration of the famous art form is one of the biggest with the participation of 50 World-renowned Ballet Companies. Among others, Royal Ballet in London, Royal Ballet School and American Ballet Theatre are participating. The organisation initiated by the famous Bolshoi and the Australian  Ballet bearing the #WorldBalletDay2021 was unveiled early in September.

Traditionally taking part on the 19th of October, the largest event for ballet fanatics offers unique access behind the scenes to companies such as Opera de Paris, Japan Opera, which is a new addition to the celebration. You will see amazing artists preparing for their morning class and then follow the principal artists to their daily rehearsals leading up to the triumphant way back to the stage.

We strongly suggest logging online, while it is still available to watch, the six hour-length of rehearsals starting with the Australian Ballet followed by the Bolshoi. You will be able to enjoy the rehearsals for Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Harlequinade, for the Australian Ballet and Orlando, La Bayadère, Don Quixote and Pharaoh’s Daughter, all will include exclusive interviews with the artists and while in rehearsal you will also be part of the corrections and receiving details by the commentators as well.

Apart from YouTube being used for divulging the content the companies have prepared for us, Tik Tok is also used by presenting the Jump Challenge. So, follow the rules and join the challenge if you would like to be featured in a video honouring the day and celebration!

Most ballet companies will be going back this October, including ABT with a new production of Giselle, NYCB too going back to basics honouring their founder Balanchine presenting the Serenade. Royal Opera House, starting 23rd of October will be presenting for the first time after the lockdown back in March 2020, Romeo and Juliet.

All of us, ballet fans and artists are most ecstatic to see the dancers going back on stage. All measures against Covid are being applied should anyone wishes to buy tickets, including the vaccination passports are needed and 2 meters are applied while the show is running. What mostly matters to all of us is to finally make our way back to the theatres and have a sense back to normalcy back in our lives.


Eleni Kyriakou

Eleni is a journalist and analyst at Parliament Magazine focusing on European News and current affairs. She worked as Press and Communication Office – Greek Embassy in Lisbon and Quattro Books Publications, Canada. She is Multilingual with a good grip of cultures, eye in detail, communicative, effective. She holds Master in degree from York University.