The Australian Ballet

World Ballet Day 2023

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Get ready to go around the world in 24 hours this World Ballet Day.

2023 continues to be a ground-breaking year of anniversaries and celebrations at The Australian Ballet. Our 60th anniversary season coincides with the 10th year of World Ballet Day, a day that celebrates the beauty, grace and athleticism of the artform that has inspired and delighted audiences for centuries.

Join us on November 1, 2023 as World Ballet Day turns 10 and we celebrate with ballet companies from around the world to share the very best of ballet.

We take a look back at the last 10 years of the event the brings ballet lovers together across the globe.

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Amber Scott and Adam Bull rehearsing Swan Lake (Murphy), 2014
Photo Lynette Wills


World Ballet Day begins! A conversation between the Royal Opera House and The Australian Ballet sparks the idea for the all-day ballet event that included a linear stream from five major companies, The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet.

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Artists of The Australian Ballet, 2015
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The Australian Ballet takes dancing in the streets to new heights with a passionate pas de deux in a Melbourne laneway.

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David McAllister with Artists of the Australian Ballet, World Ballet Day, 2016
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Channel 7 presenter James Tobin The Australian Ballet Coryphée Brooke Lockett host the event in Australia. The total number LIVE views of World Ballet Day doubled in 2016 with a count of 727,151.

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Artists of The Australian Ballet rehearsing La Bayadère (Welch)
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World Ballet Day had over one-million views across streaming and social media platforms!

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Artists of The Australian Ballet watching the livestream
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World Ballet Day switched things up with a non-linear feed in 2018, meaning multiple companies could stream at the same time.

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World Ballet Day 2019 activities at Federations Square
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World Ballet Day events from around the world were live streamed on the big screen in Melbourne's Federation Square alongside interactive activities for ballet fans.

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Principal Artist Robyn Hendricks rehearsing Swan Lake Act III, 2020
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While theatres went dark around the world due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, World Ballet Day continued to share their love of dance and talent with the world, reaching over 313 million people.

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Chengwu Guo with Artistic Director David Hallberg in 2021


The theme of 2021 was Jump for Joy! We celebrated returning to on stage performances after two years of shutdowns and theatre closures from the pandemic.


The Australian Ballet's Jade Wood duetting with Anna Rose O’Sullivan from The Royal Ballet on TikTok


2022 was the biggest World Ballet Day yet! The event involved over 60 companies across six continents on Wednesday 2 November 2022.

The program featured 14 companies joining for the first time, and included, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Joffrey Ballet and The Washington Ballet in addition to over 50 regular participants, including American Ballet Theatre, Paris Opera Ballet, National Ballet of Japan, Cape Town City Ballet and many others.



We celebrate the 10th birthday of World Ballet Day, continuing the tradition of bringing ballet to audiences wherever they are in a 24-hour stream across the globe.

For more information about World Ballet 2023, follow @ausballet on Instagram or check out the World Ballet Day website.

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