Yes on a World Ballet Day 2021!

Editor’s note: Thrilled to announce on September 2nd that YES, THERE WILL be a 2021 World Ballet Day event in 2021! 

Here is my original post from August:

Will there be a World Ballet Day livestream event in 2021? You might think it curious of me, dear reader, to lead with such an inconclusive question. You probably came here expecting answers, certainty. After all, there’s a Facebook page already out there, which has already asserted that yes, there is a World Ballet Day in 2021, and it’s Friday, October 1st.

THIS IS FALSE. This is an unauthorized group promoting an unauthorized day for an event they do not run. I won’t share the link to the page because of its spam-like nature, but let me give you an example: (And how many grammatical errors and typos can you find?)

“World Ballet Day in 2021 is on the Friday, 1st of Oct.World most famous Event.Join us our event and share now page/event.”

So. Ignore that. But pay close attention to this: I’m thrilled that, just like last year, after I’d posted a “boo hoo, no World Ballet Day this year” blog, an official day was finally announced. So. {{Clears throat, taps mic…}}

World Ballet Day 2021 is October 19th, and it’s OFFICIAL!

Here is the press release from the Royal Opera House:

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Today, The Royal BalletBolshoi Ballet and The Australian Ballet are delighted to announce that #WorldBalletDay 2021 will take place on 19 October.  The global celebration returns for its eighth year, bringing together a host of the world’s leading companies for a packed day of dance.

Over the course of the day, rehearsals, discussions and classes will be streamed for free across 6 continents, offering unique behind-the-scenes glimpses of ballet’s biggest stars and upcoming performers.

With COVID-19 guidelines changing daily across the globe, dance companies have struggled to return to stages and rehearsal studios. This year’s celebration will recognize the extraordinary resilience of this art form in the face of those challenges, showcasing the breadth of talent performing, choreographing, and working on productions today.

The 2021 edition of #WorldBalletDay is set to be the biggest ever. In collaboration with TikTok, and with streams across YouTube and Facebook, this year’s viewership is expected to exceed the previous record set in 2019, when #WorldBalletDay content was viewed over 300 million times.

Kevin O’Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet, comments:

‘This year’s celebration of our cherished art form will be more important and meaningful than ever, as friends and colleagues around the world return to the stage and the studio, many still with great difficulty.  I hope World Ballet Day continues to provide dancers and ballet lovers across the globe with a sense of solidarity – and at the same time introduces a new generation to the beauty and inspiration of ballet that have sustained and nourished our audience members over the past 18 months.’

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So there you have it, dear reader! Straight from the horse’s mouth.

Details for 2021’s big day will be shared here as they emerge, or visit https://worldballetday.com for latest notifications.  You can read about last year’s event HERE and find some great links and YouTube feeds that are still available.Beyond that, I will add share embeds and ballet clips to whet your appetite for the big day on 19 October.

First, here’s something wonderful to delight your senses, from a past World Ballet Day. It’s The Royal Ballet’s company class in full, from 2020. It’s fun because it’s onstage, and poignant because they’re all wearing masks, and boy, we won’t forget THIS era of safety-first ballet in the years and decades to come, will we?

Second, here’s a wonderful, wonderful ballet that is streaming, for free, through October, David Dawson’s full ballet, Metamorphosis, which is just sensational, and I am thrilled that the Dutch National Ballet has made this stream available to all viewers around the world for free. It’s stunning. Don’t miss out on this treasure.

Are you new to the whole World Ballet Day concept? Check out my earlier blogs from World Ballet Day, which offer a more detailed explanation of the event, its inception, and the number of viewers it draws (the answer: LOTS!). Here are links to 2014 and 2015 coverage, and you will find links to other years from there. Be sure to scroll all the way through for all the information.

2 thoughts on “Yes on a World Ballet Day 2021!”

  1. Wow! I would never expect anyone to be so nefarious as to create a fake World Ballet Day FB page. Truly what is their purpose? I suppose the most apparent reason would be to access individual’s FB pages as they click on the fake-links?? Wow. How sneaky!

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  2. I know, Donna, right? Incredibly sneaky. I don’t, however, think it’s nefarious. They’re just like parasites that rely on a living organism to grow and get bigger. They are a nothing outfit and they have a brand, or merely a handful of wanna-be websites, that they are trying to garner increased exposure for. You can tell, by the lousy English, that they are non-English-speaking nationals. I get a lot of spam from Bangladesh, Russian Federation, China, Singapore, and the one time this site got hacked, it was an outfit from Japan (this one WAS nefarious).

    So, there you have it. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. It sure did piss me off, though, to think they almost had me believing the event and FB page was real. That’s why I wanted to alert everyone.

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