World Ballet Day 2021

Published: 5 September 2021
Reporter: Vera Liber

Sarah Lamb in rehearsal for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland ©2011 ROH Credit: Johan Persson
World Ballet Day 2020, Bolshoi Ballet Credit: Nicolai Sergeev
Isobelle Dashwood, The Australian Ballet, World Ballet Day 2019 Credit: Kate Longley

The Royal Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet and The Australian Ballet have announced that World Ballet Day 2021 will take place on 19 October.

The global celebration returns for its eighth year, bringing together a host of the world’s leading companies, streaming rehearsals, discussions and classes for free across six continents.

In collaboration with TikTok and with streams across YouTube and Facebook, this year’s viewership is expected to exceed the previous record set in 2019, when #WorldBalletDay content was viewed more than 300 million times.

Kevin O’Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet, said, "this year’s celebration of our cherished art form will be more important and meaningful than ever, as friends and colleagues around the world return to the stage and the studio, many still with great difficulty. I hope World Ballet Day continues to provide dancers and ballet lovers across the globe with a sense of solidarity—and at the same time introduces a new generation to the beauty and inspiration of ballet that have sustained and nourished our audience members over the past 18 months.’

A full line-up of participating companies and their respective streaming schedules will be made available in late September.