Catch a Royal Ballet Live Stream This Friday

(The Royal Ballet in rehearsal, photo via Royal Opera House)

If you love behind-the-scenes footage of your favorite companies at work, you're in luck. The Royal Ballet will live-stream a rehearsal of Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet tomorrow, Friday, September 11, beginning at 2:15 pm EST. The work celebrates its 50th anniversary this season, and the broadcast gives us all a chance to see it in action. The rehearsal will feature dancers Sarah Lamb and Ryoichi Hirano going over the Act I and III pas de deux, and Alexander Campbell being coached through Mercutio's solos. Exclusive interviews with the dancers will be included.

Tune in tomorrow on the Royal Opera House's YouTube channel or website to catch the live stream.


When the news broke that Prince George, currently third in line for the British throne, would be continuing ballet classes as part of his school curriculum this year, we were as excited as anyone. (Okay, maybe more excited.)

This was not, it seems, a sentiment shared by "Good Morning America" host Lara Spencer.

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A still from Dancing Dreams. Courtesy OVID

If you're seeking an extra dash of inspiration to start the new season on the right—dare we say—foot, look no further than dance documentaries.

Starting August 23, OVID, a streaming service dedicated to docs and art-house films, is adding eight notable dance documentaries to its library. The best part? There's a free seven-day trial. (After that, subscriptions are $6.99 per month or $69.99 annually.)

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Via @lizzo on Twitter

On August 20, pop goddess Lizzo tweeted, "Someone do a ballet routine to truth hurts pls," referring to the anthem that's been top on everyone's playlists this summer. Lizzo might not know it yet, but ballet dancers are not known for shying away from a challenge. In the past two days, the internet has exploded with responses, with dancers like Houston Ballet's Harper Watters and American Ballet Theatre's Erica Lall tagging the singer in submissions.

Below are a few of our favorites so far, but we're guessing that this is just the beginning. Ballet world, consider yourselves officially challenged! (Use #LizzoBalletChallenge so we know what you're up to.)

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