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Watch: Learn the steps of The Royal Ballet's daily class

Learn five exercises with members of The Royal Ballet in preparation for our live class during World Ballet Day on 4 October 2016.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

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.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

28 September 2016 at 5.57pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged Ballet, ballet class, Brian Maloney, Facebook live, James Hay, Meaghan Grace-Hinkis, The Royal Ballet, World Ballet Day

This article has 4 comments

  1. Love how dance is universal. My advanced dancers will be learning these 5 steps in preparation. Thank you for opening your doors to South Africa !

  2. Maria Barajas responded on 2 October 2016 at 2:02am Reply

    Enjoyed watching. Helps me integrate into my dance movement. Enjoyed thank you.

  3. Char Thomas responded on 2 October 2016 at 9:07am Reply

    Wow what a great gift from Brian Maloney and soloists James Hay and Meaghan Grace Hinkis. A super master class! It was so enjoyable to watch. I should be watching on Ballet Day this Tuesday! This is huge. Thanks very much indeed.

  4. Marguerite responded on 2 October 2016 at 10:21am Reply

    Thank you for introducing this so we can join in class ! An exciting opportunity! <3 Brian Maloney and greatly missed him last year. Very much looking forward to it ! Thank you !!

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