World Ballet Day

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2021 Date1 October 2021
World Ballet Day

World Ballet Day History

World Ballet Day seeks to celebrate ballet and the dance community. This day aims to showcase the hard work and effort that goes into dance. It recognizes dancers and their dedication toward reaching a higher level of technique. This day also allows dance companies to showcase their work including their performances and backstage preparations.

World Ballet Day was founded in 2014 by several dance companies: Bolshoi Ballet, the Royal Ballet, the Australian Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and the National Ballet of Canada. It is observed annually in the first week of October.

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 jstor.org, 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.
  • There are several different styles of ballet. According to blackpoolgrand, they are:
    1) Classical
    2) Neoclassical
    3) Contemporary
    4) Romantic

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