Get Ready: World Ballet Day 2021 Is on October 19!

October 1, 2021

Updated on 10/15/21

Mark your calendars! World Ballet Day — the free livestream bonanza featuring ballet companies from across the globe — is scheduled for Tuesday, October 19. This year’s event, hosted by The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet and The Royal Ballet, will take viewers into the studios of over 50 dance organizations across six continents. The livestreams offer rare access to company classes, rehearsals, interviews with star dancers and more. And while, as usual, you can tune in to each participating companies’ YouTube and Facebook channels, this year you can also catch exclusive footage on TikTok. (Tip: WBD ‘s website offers links to every company’s YouTube channel to help make viewing more centralized.)

You can also try for a chance to be featured during WBD by participating in the Jump for Joy challenge. All you need to do is share a video of yourself performing your favorite celebratory dance move on social media, using the hashtag #WorldBalletDay. No dance experience is necessary—as Royal Ballet principal Marcelino Sambé explains below, anyone can participate.

The 24-hour livestream kicks off with The Australian Ballet at 12 pm AEDT—in North America, that’s 10 pm EST/7 pm PST on October 18. The lineup of participating companies and their respective streaming schedules is being continually updated, although the list below is what WBD has announced so far. Visit for more information.


  • 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’Opéra de Paris
  • Barcelona Ballet
  • Bayerisches Staatsballett
  • Birmingham Royal Ballet
  • Bolshoi Ballet
  • Dutch National Ballet
  • English National Ballet
  • Estonian National Ballet
  • Finnish National Ballet
  • Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing
  • La Scala Ballet
  • Mariinsky Theatre
  • Norwegian National 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
  • Vienna State Ballet


  • The Australian Ballet
  • Bangarra Dance Theatre
  • Queensland Ballet
  • Royal New Zealand Ballet
  • West Australian Ballet

North America

  • Acosta Danza
  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
  • American Ballet Theatre
  • Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico
  • Ballet de Monterrey
  • Ballet Nacional de Cuba
  • BalletX
  • Boston Ballet
  • Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal
  • Houston Ballet

South America

  • São Paulo Dance Company