World Ballet Day 2021

The eighth World Ballet Day will take place on 19 October. This year the main companies will be The Royal Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet and The Australian Ballet. 

Graham Spicer, who manages a website in Milan under the name Gramilano wrote that the 2021 edition of World BalletDay will be in collaboration with TikTok, and “with streams across YouTube and Facebook. This year’s viewers are expected to exceed the previous record set in 2019 when World Ballet Day content was viewed over 300 million times”.

Kevin O’Hare, artistic 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 has sustained and nourished our audience members over the past 18 months”.

This year’s World Ballet Day will be a platform for David Hallberg, The Australian Ballet’s artistic director. He may join the company’s class and perhaps discuss his plans for the the future.

The three companies will do a full class and rehearse upcoming productions.

While The Australian Ballet is unlikely to return to the stage this year the dancers are still doing classes and rehearsing three productions, Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, Anna Karenina a co-production of The Joffrey Ballet and The Australian Ballet and a co-production with American Ballet Theatre of Alexei Ratmansky’s Harlequinade. The three were planned for this year but will now move to next year.

The Bolshoi dancers are likely to rehearse their upcoming ballets, La Bayadere, Onegin and Don Quixote.

The Royal Ballet may rehearse three world premieres, including Wayne McGregor’s The Dante Project, Christopher Wheeldon’s Like Water for Chocolate and a new work by the American choreographer, Kyle Abraham, as well as 19th-century classics and heritage ballets by Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan.


Artistic directors

Kevin O’Hare, The Royal Ballet

David Hallberg, The Australian Ballet

Makhar Vaziev, Bolshoi Ballet

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