World Ballet Day 2018 is Oct 2nd!

Prepare yourself, dear readers, because World Ballet Day is almost here again! Save the date: Tuesday October 2nd, around the world.

There is some good news and some bad news for 2018. The good: well, it’s obvious. There’s yet another World Ballet Day! The bad news: the San Francisco Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada won’t be participating. {{Sobs!}} But I have a hunch it’s still going to be a rollicking great day, filled with the kind of stuff we ballet fanatics can’t get enough of: watching company class at the Australia Ballet, The Bolshoi and London’s Royal Ballet. There will be interviews, rehearsals, footage from other ballet companies around the world, more rehearsals, more interviews, and lots and lots of exposure to the professional ballet world behind the scenes, which is my favorite part of all. Really, where would be all be without World Ballet Day, now in its fifth year? A big shouted out THANK YOU, to Royal Ballet, without whose efforts there wouldn’t be this amazing event.

This year’s event will be streamed live on Facebook; simply go to the World Ballet Day page, or the [Australian, Bolshoi, Royal] Ballet’s Facebook page. (I will provide links as the event approaches.) And this just in [on 9/22]: here are the guest companies who will be making an appearance during the twelve-hour event: Houston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, Acosta Danza, Bayerisches Stattsballett, Dutch National Ballet, Paris Opéra Ballet, Polish National Ballet, Queensland Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Northern Ballet, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Scottish Ballet, National Ballet of Japan, Norwegian National Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Vienna State Ballet and West Australian Ballet.

Here’s the biggest question I get asked over and over: “When does it begin and what are the times for each company? And what is the time in my time zone?”

Stop 1 is Melbourne and the Australian Ballet. If the world-wide event kicks off at 12 noon* in Melbourne on Tues Oct 2nd (which for those of us in the Americas is actually Mon evening, Oct 1, so head’s up) it looks like this for the rest of the time zones:

  • Moscow          5am Tues Oct 2
  • London            3am Tues Oct 2 (maybe 2am)
  • New York       10pm Mon Oct 1 (maybe 9pm)
  • San Francisco 7pm Mon Oct 1 (maybe 6pm)

*Note that some websites are reporting that the event starts an hour earlier. I’m not sure about this, so I will triple-check and update

Stop 2 is Moscow and the Bolshoi on Tues Oct 2nd. Assuming the Australian Ballet streams a five-hour segment, this portion would begin at 10am local time, which looks like this for the rest of the time zones, all of which, happily, now all fall on the same day, Tuesday.

  • Melbourne      5pm
  • London            8am
  • New York       3am
  • San Francisco  12:00am

Stop 3 is London and the Royal Ballet. Assuming the Bolshoi had a four-hour segment like last year, the Royal Ballet’s 12 noon start looks like this for the rest of the time zones:

  • Melbourne      9pm
  • Moscow          2pm
  • New York       7am
  • San Francisco  4am

The Royal Ballet’s segment will hopefully run 5 hours, which would end coverage at 5pm local time, which looks like this for the rest of the time zones (and I’m crossing my fingers that more coverage gets added on!):

  • Melbourne      2am Wed Oct 3rd
  • Moscow          7pm
  • New York       12 noon
  • San Francisco  9am

There’s always the opportunity to watch archived material if you miss the original. Check with me here after the fact and I will share those links. Meanwhile, want archived footage and/or details and descriptions about past World Ballet Days? Check out my coverage of the event for 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014 (just click on the year).


And one last bit of exciting news. Coincidentally, Oct 2nd is the release date for my newest  novel, entitled A DANCER’S GUIDE TO AFRICA. What could be more perfect? Two reasons to celebrate the day! In fact, let’s start the celebration early, shall we? My publishers have agreed to lower the price to 99 cents from now (on preorder) through World Ballet Day. Take advantage of this offer while you can, because after that day (and maybe we’ll throw in one extra day to be nice), the price will return to $4.99. And hey, check back on World Ballet Day for some news on can’t-miss-this bargains with my other two ballet novels. OUTSIDE THE LIMELIGHT and OFF BALANCE.

2 thoughts on “World Ballet Day 2018 is Oct 2nd!

  1. admin Post author

    You’re so welcome, Jess, and be sure to pop by again, the day before the event, to confirm the various times of starting/stopping. I’m waiting for the official word on that kind of thing.


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