Line-up Announced for World Ballet Day

The Royal Ballet unveils full programme for 5-hour live-stream

  • Record-breaking 51 global dance companies joining from Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Cuba, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, UK, USA
  • 24 hours of exclusive content streamed for free on 19 October
  • Last chance to take part in the largest ever global dance challenge: Jump for Joy
  • Five hours of content from The Royal Ballet, featuring rehearsals for Wayne McGregor’s The Dante Project, Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet and Peter Wright’s Giselle
Vadim Muntagirov in rehearsal for Live from Covent Garden, 20 June 2020 ©2020 ROH. Photograph by Tristram Kenton

The Royal Ballet, The Australian Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet are delighted to announce that over 50 companies are planned to participate in the biggest #WorldBalletDay yet, streaming from six continentsaround the world.

In the run up to 19 October, join them by taking part in the largest ever global dance challenge, sharing yourJump for Joy using #WorldBalletDay for a chance to be featured on the day.

This year’s line-up includes 12 companies joining for the first time, alongside returning favourites American Ballet Theatre, Paris Opera Ballet, The National Ballet of Japan, and Cape Town City Ballet. Exclusive content will be available from select companies on TikTok, alongside full-length streams on YouTube and Facebook, offering unique behind-the-scenes glimpses of ballet’s biggest stars and upcoming performers. A full schedule is now available on

In a #WorldBalletDay first, participating companies are encouraging audiences to take part in the Jump for Joy challenge. For a chance to be featured on the day, viewers have been asked to share a video of themselves performing their favourite celebratory dance move. No ballet experience is necessary, and content should be shared using #WorldBalletDay. A trailer can be found here.

The Royal Ballet’s five-hour live stream will commence at 11:00 AM BST. The Company’s contribution, subject to change, includes: 

·         Morning class with the full Company, taught by Principal Guest Teacher Olga Evreinoff and accompanied on piano by Michael Pansters

·         Interview with Director of The Royal Ballet Kevin O’Hare

·         Principal Dancer Fumi Kaneko and First Soloist William Bracewell in rehearsal for Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet

·         Stage and piano rehearsal for Wayne McGregor’s groundbreaking new ballet The Dante Project, featuring short interviews with Principal Dancers Sarah Lamb and Ed Watson

·         Rehearsal for new piece by choreographer Mikaela Polley

·         Principal Dancer Marianela Nuñez rehearsed by Former Director of The Royal Ballet Monica Mason

·         Rehearsal for Soloist Benjamin Ella’s Draft Works piece, featuring Aud Jebsen Young Dancer Daichi Ikarashi, Royal Ballet Soloist Isabella Gasparini and Prix De Lausanne Dancer Marco Masciari.

·         Rehearsal for Aud Jebsen Young Dancer Denilson Almeida’s Draft Works piece, with Aud Jebsen Young Dancer Ava May Llewellyn and Artist of The Royal Ballet Joonhyuk Jun

·         Film by The Royal Ballet’s Emerging Choreographer Joseph Toonga featuring Principal Dancer Natalia Osipova

·         Full corps de ballet rehearsal for Peter Wright’s Giselle

·         A compilation featuring some of the best Jump for Joy clips, submitted by #WorldBalletDay viewers

From The Australian Ballet, audiences can expect a full class, complete with commentary by Artistic DirectorDavid Hallberg, followed by rehearsals for HarlequinadeI New Then and Romeo and Juliet. The three-and-a-half-hour segment, streamed from Melbourne and commencing at 12:00 AEDT, will also include a tour of the costume production department, and an introduction to the company’s educational and outreach projects.

The Bolshoi’s three-hour programme will be hosted by ballet soloists Artyom Ovcharenko and Ana Turazashvili. Pre-recorded content will include a morning class followed by rehearsals for Orlando, La Bayadère, Don Quixote and Pharaoh’s Daughter, all intercut with live interviews conducted in the historic foyer of the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow. Streaming begins at 10:00 MSK

Kevin O’HareDirector of The Royal Ballet, said: 

‘I am delighted to be joining such an astonishing list of global companies for World Ballet Day 2021 – the largest group we have ever worked with on this event. Our line-up is looking spectacular, showcasing a full roster of talent performing in The Royal Ballet today, and I hope that audiences both here and across the world enjoy everything we have in store. See you on the 19th!’




*Bangkok City Ballet

*Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan

Hong Kong Ballet

Korean National Ballet
The National Ballet of Japan
Singapore Dance Theatre

*Universal Ballet


Cape Town City Ballet

*Joburg Ballet


Ballet de l’Opera de Paris

*Ballet de Barcelona

Bayerisches Staatsballett 
Birmingham Royal Ballet

Bolshoi Ballet

Dutch National Ballet

English National Ballet

*Estonian National Ballet

Finnish National Ballet

La Scala Theatre Ballet

Mariinsky Theatre

The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet

Opera Sofia

*Perm Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theatre

Polish National Ballet

Northern Ballet

Royal Academy of Dance

The Royal Ballet

Scottish Ballet

Staatsballet Berlin

Stuttgart Ballet

The Mikhailovsky Theatre

The Royal Danish Ballet

*Ural Opera Ballet Theatre

Wiener Staatsballett


*Bangarra Dance Theatre

The Australian Ballet

Queensland Ballet

Royal New Zealand Ballet

West Australian Ballet

North America

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

American Ballet Theatre


Boston Ballet

Houston Ballet

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal

Central & South America

Acosta Danza

Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico

*Ballet de Monterrey

Ballet Nacional de Cuba

São Paulo Dance Company

*Joining for the first time

This list is subject to change

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