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World Ballet Day

World Ballet Day 2016: watch live on 4 October 2016

World Ballet Day returns on 4 October 2016 with a day-long live stream from five of the world’s leading ballet companies – and we'd love you to be involved:

  • WATCH: The live-stream, broadcast around the world on Facebook live and on this page
  • LIKE: Our Facebook page and sign up to receive exclusive World Ballet Day news and videos
  • SHARE: A short video of you in your dancing shoes as you dance along with our live class, using the hashtag #WorldBalletDay

During the marathon 20 hour live-stream, The Royal Ballet joins The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet to give you exclusive rehearsal footage, a chance to see how the different companies warm up for the day and interviews with choreographers and leading figures in the dance world.

Do let us know what you think of the event on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram using the hashtag #WorldBalletDay:

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World Ballet Day 2016: Running order

Presented by Darcey Bussell and Gethin Jones, the day will feature exclusive interviews with members of The Royal Ballet including Steven McRae, Kristen McNally, Olivia Cowley, Marianela Nuñez, Vadim Muntagirov, Yasmine Naghdi, Matthew Ball, Sarah Lamb, Lauren Cuthbertson, Edward Watson, Eric Underwood, and Charlotte Edmonds as well as exclusive footage from Northern Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and English National Ballet.

World Ballet Day is a working day at The Royal Ballet and as a result timings are approximate and subject to change:

  • 11:00am: Live class with The Royal Ballet
  • 12:20pm: Scottish Ballet rehearse Sibilio
  • 12:30pm: The Royal Ballet rehearses Anastasia
  • 1:00pm: The Royal Ballet rehearses La Fille mal gardée
  • 1:15pm: Northern Ballet rehearse Romeo and Juliet
  • 1:30pm: The Royal Ballet rehearses The Sleeping Beauty
  • 1:50pm: The Royal Ballet rehearses the new Charlotte Edmonds ballet
  • 2:05pm English National Ballet rehearse Giselle
  • 2:15pm: Members of The Royal Ballet School rehearse Concerto
  • 2:30pm: Birmingham Royal Ballet rehearse The Tempest
  • 2:45pm: The Royal Ballet rehearses Anastasia

Watch highlights from World Ballet Day 2015