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What day is national world ballet day 2022?
I can’t believe it’s that time again! World Ballet Day is on November 2nd this year. This will be the ninth year, started in 2014, when ballet companies have come together to put on this special holiday.
It is an all-day celebration of ballet dance. You get to watch almost 50 different ballet companies as they take classes, rehearse, interview, and take behind the scenes looks at upcoming performances.
You can stream this all for FREE! Here is the link to the World Ballet Day website. The website offers links to each individual company’s YouTube channel to watch it live or keep scrolling for all the links.
This is a fun, and amazing opportunity to watch professional dancers as they create beautiful art.
When was ballet created?
Since we are gearing up for an amazing day of pointe shoes and tutus, you may be wondering when ballet was created or who created a ballet.
The first ballet that was “created” looks very different from modern ballet today. It was steeped in politics in the 1500s. When King Henri the Second married Catherine de Medici in 1533, we start to see the beginning of ballet history.
Catherine brought her love of dance with her to the french courts and with it using dance as a political tool.
In 1581, we see the very first ballet created. The Ballet Comique de la Reine. It was given as a celebration of the marriage of Marguerite de Vaudemont to Duc de Joyeuse. It had multiple facets to the performance and included things that we would never see on stage in a modern classical ballet performance, even during World Ballet Day. 😉
But in these humble beginnings, is where we see the true magic of ballet taking place in people’s hearts, even though they have a long road ahead of them until they reach what we call classical ballet.
What countries are included in World Ballet Day 2022?
World Ballet Day does a great job of being inclusive and including as many ballet companies as they can from around the world!
All these countries are participating in world ballet day 2022:
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- United States
- South Africa
- United Kingdom
Social Media Challenge
World Ballet Day hosts a social media challenge every year! Make sure to bookmark this page to get updated details of the event.
Where can I watch it?
You can watch the live streams by accessing the ballet company streaming platform. Most are on YouTube, but some are on Facebook and Instagram. Here is a list of the individual channels:
What’s the schedule?
The schedule can be very overwhelming when dealing with different time zones! I created a Google calendar schedule for all the events on world ballet day. The great thing about Google calendar is it automatically adjusts to the timezone that you live in.
That way no matter where you are in the world, you can pick your favorite ballet companies to watch without stressing about time zones. Click below to sign up for the world ballet day 2022 calendar.
What do I recommend watching during world ballet day?
I think the main criteria for watching is your time availability. I probably won’t be watching the Singapore Dance Theatre because that’s at 1 am EST. But there are some I will make sure to watch:
- Royal Opera House
- Hong Kong Ballet
- Birmingham Royal Ballet
- Royal Academy of Dance
- American Ballet Theatre
- Boston Ballet
- Joburg Ballet
I suggest brushing up on your ballet terminology before watching that way you can keep up with all the lingo. Check out this blog post where I share all my favorite ballet terminology books!
What ballet companies are you looking forward to the most? Share with me below or DM me on Instagram @pliesandbooks. I love talking with you about all things ballet.
Happy Dancing! 🩰