Photo by Emily Gan, Courtesy National Ballet of Canada

If everyone in your ballet class has called out sick on October 5, there's a perfectly good explanation: that's when World Ballet Day LIVE is scheduled to return. In other words, 24 hours of binge-worthy behind-the-scenes footage featuring five of the world's leading ballet companies. Tune in to Facebook Live to watch as The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet take you inside the studio for classes, rehearsals and interviews with your favorite dancers. Details have yet to be released, but we'll be sure to keep you in the loop! In the meantime, mark your calendars, and enjoy some of San Francisco Ballet's highlights from last year's event.


As if you needed another excuse to binge-watch ballet, World Ballet Day LIVE returns for its third consecutive year of live streaming on October 4. The global behind-the-scenes event features some of the world’s top companies, and seems to grow bigger each year. This year, a South American company, Ballet Nacional Sodre, will be featured for the first time! Highlights include The Australian Ballet, The Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet, with appearances by dozens of other companies. Look out for your favorite dancers from Hong Kong Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, The Royal Danish Ballet, Miami City Ballet and more.

(National Ballet of Canada in class, photo by Emily Gan, courtesy NBoC)

Viewers can expect interviews, company class and a peek at rehearsals, including National Ballet of Canada's Cinderella and Onegin.

Check out the World Ballet Day website for a breakdown of how and when to watch each company, and join in with YouTube’s live chat feature, which lets balletomanes from around the world connect during the stream.

World Ballet Day LIVE, a glorious, 23-hour livestream that takes us inside five of the world’s leading ballet companies, technically begins October 1. But while our calendars in the Western Hemisphere currently say September 30, in Melbourne, Australia—home of The Australian Ballet—it’s already the first of the month. Since the Australian Ballet kicks off the simulcast, that means the live-feed starts tonight—10:00 pm EST, to be exact. Here’s a rundown of the schedule (all indicated in EST):

 

10 pm–3 am: The Australian Ballet

3 am–6 am: Bolshoi Ballet

6 am–11 am: The Royal Ballet

11 am–4 pm: National Ballet of Canada

4 pm–9 pm: San Francisco Ballet

 

In addition, World Ballet LIVE will include pre-recorded footage from companies like Royal New Zealand Ballet, National Ballet of China, Hamburg Ballet, English National Ballet, Houston Ballet and many, many more. So set your alarms and get your coffee pot prepped for some serious ballet binging. For more information, visit worldballetday.com.

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