28 September 2016 at 5.57pm | 4 Comments
During World Ballet Day on 4 October 2016, we're inviting audiences across the globe to start their day by dancing along with The Royal Ballet during morning class, streamed live via Facebook from 11am BST.
In preparation for the live class, where dozens of The Royal Ballet's dancers will take to the barre to prepare their bodies for a day of rehearsal, we've created a short film with Class Teacher and Ballet Rehabilitation Specialist Brian Maloney, Soloists James Hay and Meaghan Grace Hinkis to help those watching at home learn the steps.
Over the course of the video, Brian, James and Meaghan-Grace take viewers through five exercises at the barre, all of which are used during our regular morning ballet class.
As Brian explains, viewers without the luxury of a ballet barre in their own homes can use the back of a chair for support. And complete newcomers to dance needn't worry about knowing all the technical terms; the video is available for free and on demand to watch as many times as you need to learn the steps ahead of class.
Anyone hoping to dance along with The Royal Ballet dancers should ensure they are well warmed up before they start, and anyone with injuries should consult a health professional before donning their dancing shoes.
This year marks the third year of World Ballet Day, a day-long live stream from five of the world’s leading ballet companies: The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, San Francisco Ballet and of course The Royal Ballet. Throughout the day, all five companies will broadcast exclusive rehearsal footage, interviews, and offer glimpses into the daily lives of professional dancers.
Like our Facebook page to be notified when we go live, and follow the conversation using the hashtag #WorldBalletDay.