World Ballet Day

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2023 Date1 November 2023
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World Ballet Day celebrates the beauty and elegance of ballet by promoting its universal language and its positive impact on health, fitness, and well-being. It is a day when prestigious ballet companies around the globe unite in showcasing the training, performances, rehearsals, and behind-the-scenes moments on a global platform. The primary aim is to foster connections and collaborations among ballet companies, aspiring ballet dancers, enthusiasts, and audiences worldwide.

Since its inception in 2014, World Ballet Day has witnessed the participation of leading ballet companies from Australia, including The Australian Ballet. This world-renowned company has played an important role in representing and promoting Australian culture, making the art form more accessible to the Australian people. The Australian Ballet is dedicated to excellence, education, exposing new talent and opportunities, and patron engagement, making it an integral part of World Ballet Day's objectives.

World Ballet Day is observed by connecting the local ballet community with ballet companies and enthusiasts from other countries, creating a platform for shared experiences, cultural exchange, and growth. Various activities, workshops, and live streaming events are organized by ballet institutions, inviting people to learn more about this elegant art form and encouraging them to be part of the global celebration. World Ballet Day is observed on October 19th.

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World Ballet Day Facts

  • According to Apollo’s Angels, ballet was started in the 15th and 16th century in Italian renaissance courts.
  • The first dance institution in the Western world was the Académie Royale de Danse. According to, it was established in 1661 by King Louis XIV of France. The academy consisted of 13 dancing masters each selected by King Louis XIV himself.
  • Ballet in Australia truly began to develop in the 1930s and 1940s, with the establishment of several major companies, such as Edouard Borovansky's Melbourne-based Borovansky Ballet (founded in 1940) and the Sydney-based Kirsova Ballet (founded in 1941).
  • The country's premier ballet company, the Australian Ballet, was established in 1962 and has since become one of the world's leading ballet companies.

World Ballet Day Top Things to Do

  • Stay up to date with upcoming events.
  • Learn more about the Royal Opera and how it has become renowned for its performances.
  • As one of Australia's most iconic landmarks, attending a ballet performance at the Sydney Opera House is an unforgettable experience.
  • The World Ballet Day website often features live streams from various ballet companies around the world, including the Australian Ballet.

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