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Watch: World Ballet Day 2016

The Royal Ballet's section of the marathon live-stream was broadcast across the world on October 4 2016.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Online Content)

4 October 2016 at 9.00am | 15 Comments

World Ballet Day was broadcast live across the globe on 4 October 2016. The broadcast is no longer available but you can watch some highlights on this playlist.

The now-annual live-stream saw 20 hours of non-stop filming from five of the world's top ballet companies including The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet.

This year, the stream was available to watch via Facebook Live and was the longest broadcast ever shown on the platform.

The day saw each company give insights into daily life for their dancers, featuring rehearsals, interviews and the ever-popular morning ballet class. This year's relay was presented by Gethin Jones and Darcey Bussell. The day's schedule ran as follows:

  • 11:00am: Live class with The Royal Ballet
  • 12:30pm: The Royal Ballet rehearses Anastasia
  • 1:00pm: The Royal Ballet rehearses La Fille mal gardée
  • 1:30pm: The Royal Ballet rehearses The Sleeping Beauty
  • 1:50pm: The Royal Ballet rehearses the new Charlotte Edmonds ballet
  • 2:15pm: Members of The Royal Ballet School rehearse
  • 2:45pm: The Royal Ballet rehearses Anastasia

Last year's World Ballet Day reached an audience of more than 2 million, both live and on-demand. #WorldBalletDay trended on Twitter in the UK for more than two hours and reached more than 167 million users worldwide. The first WBD took place in 2014 and was inspired by Royal Ballet Live in 2012.

Subscribe to the Royal Opera House YouTube channel to be notified when we upload further highlights from World Ballet Day:

This article has 15 comments

  1. Jodie sadler responded on 13 September 2016 at 12:33pm Reply

    The love of ballet being share throw out the world is one of the most inspirational days for young ballerinas watching young ballerinas post such amazing picture truly fantastic

  2. karenb responded on 13 September 2016 at 10:06pm Reply

    Will any of the Royal ballet time be shown unedited after the live stream? I'm teaching all day and am disappointed to be missing all the Royal Ballet stuff and the BolshoI again this year.

    • Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer) responded on 14 September 2016 at 3:06pm

      Hi Karen,

      Thanks for your question. The full recording will be available on YouTube for you to catch up and we'll also be sharing selected highlights from the day.
      All best,
      Rose

  3. Sharon Keogh responded on 14 September 2016 at 1:06am Reply

    So looking forward to this! I especially love watching the companies do class, usually SFB do a great class. I have to say though that last year's Bolshoi section was the most disappointing - way too much talking - Boring! Wish we could view Mariinsky instead - I bet the ratings went down last year during the Bolshoi section. Let's hope they improve this year.....

  4. Yay! Please show the whole class this time, that's my favourite part.

  5. Mine too. I was a little disappointed not to be able to watch the barre exercises.

    Please, don't forget about this!!!!

    And also, to watch rehearsal of the corps de ballet or soloists would be as good as with principals.

    All your dancers are so good that I really enjoy ALL of them.

  6. Katie Pianoff responded on 16 September 2016 at 12:28am Reply

    As an ex member of RBC I absolutely LOVE the class most of all ...& am grateful to be able to 'catch up' on You Tube as , like many, am teaching ! It inspires me so much! Thankyou .

  7. Nandita Menon responded on 3 October 2016 at 7:54am Reply

    Ghastly music- why not classical?

  8. Diana responded on 3 October 2016 at 10:12pm Reply

    We here in San Diego are so excited that we can hardly wait. Our dancers practiced the barre exercises that you previewed so that we can do them along with the company class tomorrow morning. Royal Ballet Company class is our very favorite and we hope you will stream the entire class. Happy Dancing!

  9. Simon Smith responded on 4 October 2016 at 6:57pm Reply

    Thank you Royal Ballet: a wonderful insight into your daily life. Was very struck by the kindness and encouragement shown by all as exemplified in Brian Maloney's class. Could Vadim show others how to to avoid knots in the Fille ribbon? Very much looking forward to Anastasia in the cinema and at ROH, and Yasmine's and Matty's Sleeping Beauty debut. Also Charlotte Edmunds Clore Studio work before the Wayne Macgregor triple bill. Good luck to all at the Royal Ballet and the School.

  10. Nina Battleday responded on 4 October 2016 at 9:57pm Reply

    Couldn't see anything for lo gear than the odd minute or so on Facebook, which I can't see on my TV. Why wasn't it in You Tube? And will some eventually appear on You Tube which I can see comfortably on my TV

  11. Thanks for another great year!! This is my second year of taking company barre from my living room in Sweden <3 Amazing dancers!!!!

  12. KBrown responded on 5 October 2016 at 1:09pm Reply

    Lynn Seymour spoke strongly and emphatically about the downturn and attrition in quality and technique of the Royal Ballet and laid the blame a great deal at the poor quality of teaching, not least the short class, lack of preparatory tendu and uninspired teaching - and watching this class one can't but help agree. How this class differs from a remedial church hall ballet class for elementary students, I don't know. The Royal Ballet hasn't been a great home company since Ashton's departure, a patchwork quilt mess of arbitrary and disparate techniques and schools. Very sad.

  13. Dorothy Cookson responded on 5 October 2016 at 1:59pm Reply

    I simply love the art of Ballet Dance ever since I was a small girl, unfortunately I never had the opportunity to partake. But my Granddaughter has been dancing since she was 2.5 years old & enjoys it so much, she has now gone on to college to study The Art of Dance further. Thoroughly enjoying World Ballet Day.....Thank you!

  14. elleG responded on 5 October 2016 at 5:15pm Reply

    Feeling happy now that the whole RB relay is on YouTube but something was seriously wrong yesterday as the (so-called) live feed kept jumping back to the interview with Charlotte MacMillan It would be helpful if you went to http://www.balletcoforum.com to get a picture of difficulties and frustration people were experiencing. As regards the content, I wonder if the RB is risking trying to show too much - longer rehearsal sequences (especially for the pas de deux) and slighter longer interviews with the dancers would have been good. Nunez/Muntagirov and Naghdi/Ball are 4 of the key standard bearers for the Royal Ballet brand so let's see more of them and hear more of them. And why have Gethin and Darcey twittering on needlessly, wasting valuable time and adding next to nothing to our knowledge and experience? Kristen McNally struck just the right note (as she has done previously).

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