Press Release

Press Release

#WorldBalletDay celebrates 10th anniversary with an exciting day of behind-the-scenes insights

Free digital 24-hour livestream on Wednesday, November 1, 2023

60 companies from around the world will take part

Watch via worldballetday.com, YouTube, and Facebook

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, October 5, 2023—On Wednesday, November 1, San Francisco Ballet, The Royal Ballet, and The Australian Ballet celebrate a decade of #WorldBalletDay. They will be joined by over 60 companies from across the globe for a 24-hour celebration of ballet and dance.

#WorldBalletDay has become a much-anticipated annual celebration and showcases the best of global dance, presenting an opportunity for audiences to go behind the scenes of the world’s top ballet companies. The 10-year anniversary program promises to be the biggest ever. #WorldBalletDay is streamed live across YouTube and Facebook, and over the course of the day, audiences can tune in to see classes, rehearsals, and exclusive footage offering glimpses of ballet’s biggest stars and upcoming performers.

This year sees companies participating from across the globe include Cuba-based Acosta Danza, American Ballet Theatre, The National Ballet of Canada, Korean National Ballet, and Joburg Ballet, among many others.

Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of San Francisco Ballet, said:

“As the oldest professional ballet company in the United States, we’re honoured to partner with The Royal Ballet and The Australian Ballet in this global celebration and the tenth anniversary of World Ballet Day. We’re delighted to be able to give viewers glimpses of the creative processes in real time, and honor ballet as a living art and universal language.”

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

“It’s incredible to think that World Ballet Day is celebrating its 10th anniversary. We can’t wait to reflect on the last decade in dance and look forward to its vibrant future with another fantastic international collaboration. We’re delighted to be partnering with David at The Australian Ballet and Tamara at San Francisco Ballet, together with so many brilliant dancers in companies around the world coming on board to demonstrate the transformative power of dance. We hope all lovers of ballet will join us online.”

David Hallberg, Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet said: 

“For ten years, World Ballet Day has provided the opportunity to see the beauty of the ballet, expressed through the intimate lens of a camera. It’s a thrill to virtually open our doors once again to share the fantastic work and dedication of our dancers.”

The line-up of participating companies and their respective streaming schedules are being continually updated. San Francisco Ballet, The Royal Ballet, and The Australian Ballet’s schedules are subject to change. Visit www.worldballetday.com for more.



Bangkok City Ballet
Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan
Singapore Ballet
National Ballet of Japan
Korean National Ballet
Hong Kong Ballet
Ballet Indonesia Foundation
National Ballet of China



Joburg Ballet
Cape Town City Ballet



Finnish National Ballet
The Royal Danish Ballet
La Scala Theatre Ballet
Polish National Ballet
Stuttgart Ballet
Wiener Staatsballett
Opera Sofia
Staatsballet Berlin
Dutch National Ballet
Bayerisches Staatsballett
Estonian National Ballet
Ballet de Barcelona
The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet
Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo
Magyar Nemzeti Balett/Hungarian National Ballet
Istanbul State Opera and Ballet
Staatstheater Hannover
New Adventures
English National Ballet
Royal Academy of Dance
Birmingham Royal Ballet
Northern Ballet



Royal New Zealand Ballet
West Australian Ballet
Queensland Ballet


North America

Ailey II
American Ballet Theatre
Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal
Boston Ballet
National Ballet of Canada
Miami City Ballet
Houston Ballet
Oregon Ballet Theatre
Smuin Ballet
Texas Ballet Theater
Kansas City Ballet
Ballet West
Ballet Arkansas
Philadelphia Ballet
The Washington Ballet
Orlando Ballet

Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico


South America

Acosta Danza
Ballet Nacional de Cuba
São Paulo Dance Company

This list is subject to change.

About San Francisco Ballet

San Francisco Ballet is a leading ballet company and trailblazer in dance locally, nationally, and internationally. Performing, commissioning, and collaborating with exceptional artists in dance and across disciplines, SF Ballet balances an innovative focus on new and contemporary choreography with a deeply held dedication to the classics. SF Ballet is a catalyst for the future of ballet by cultivating creativity, bringing dance of the highest caliber to a wide audience, and providing exceptional training opportunities for the next generation of professional dancers in its world-renowned School.

Since its founding in 1933 and as the oldest professional ballet company in the United States, the Ballet has been an innovator in the art form and an originator of beloved cultural traditions, from staging the first American production of Swan Lake to bringing an annual holiday Nutcracker to U.S. audiences.