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Watch: Highlights from World Ballet Day

Another chance to watch Royal Ballet daily class in full, rehearsals, interviews and more.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

10 October 2014 at 5.50pm | 3 Comments

Highlights from the recent World Ballet Day stream are now available on demand via YouTube.

World Ballet Day saw The Royal Ballet partner with The Australian Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet for 20 hours of live-streaming on YouTube from the companies' respective home theatres.

There were over 300,000 views of the live-stream and each company has uploaded highlights to their channels, offering another chance to catch rehearsals, interviews and behind the scenes glimpses from the day.

Highlights from The Royal Ballet's four hours of streaming included:

Daily class in full

Each company offered glimpses into their morning class. In London, Ballet Master Brian Maloney took gave a glimpse into the barre and floor work that dancers begin each day with, accompanied by a live pianist.

Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli on Manon

Royal Ballet Principals Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli gave an insight into what it takes to dance Kenneth MacMillan's dramatic ballet Manon. As well as this, an extended pas de deux rehearsal is available to watch to those who access the free World Ballet Day guide (claim yours using the code 'worldballet14').

Don Quixote in rehearsal

Principal Guest Artist of The Royal Ballet and choreographer, Carlos Acosta coached Principal Vadim Muntagirov through one of Basilio's solos from Carlos's production of Don Quixote. Vadim will make his Royal Ballet role debut as Basilio later this Season.

Pirouettes from around the world

We asked for your pirouette clips and you sent them in by the thousand, from as far afield as Russia, Japan, Australia and Brazil. We received over 14,000 pirouette clips via Instagram alone!

...And if you're still after more

Other highlights on our World Ballet Day YouTube playlist include a rehearsal of Christopher Wheeldon's Olivier Award-winning Aeternum, and Liam Scarlett interviewed alongside his cast about the process of creating a new work:

To ensure you don't miss out on further clips and information about future live-streams, subscribe to our YouTube channel:

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This article has 3 comments

  1. Grier Cooper responded on 11 October 2014 at 1:58am Reply

    So pleased to be able to catch parts of World Ballet I couldn't watch when it aired. What a fabulous idea this was and a fitting celebration of ballet.

  2. Nicola Tricker responded on 24 October 2014 at 8:36pm Reply

    I wish you would upload the full version of the Carlos and Vadim rehearsal - the best bits are missed out!

  3. Kate responded on 11 May 2015 at 11:09am Reply

    This is really excellent, I do hope that there will be another World Ballet Day this October. With regard to online content, will you be producing videos in the run up to the US tour? Those of us that can't go will be fascinated to see the preparations and also how the tour goes in the 3 venues.

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