World Ballet Day is an annual celebration of the graceful, captivating, and dramatic art of ballet. This day is dedicated to highlighting the beauty of this beloved dance form and is celebrated annually on October 1.
The first World Ballet Day was celebrated in 2014 and ballet is thought to have originated in France and Italy during the Renaissance. During this period, there were no typical costumes, tutus, or ballet flats, and the dancers performed in ordinary courtyards with the audience joining in and taking part in the performance. Over time, ballet spread to cultures around the world and has since reached new artistic heights.
- In the beginning, all ballet dancers were men, and it was not until 1681 that the first ballerina was seen (and even today, many directors and choreographers are men).
- The most famous ballet performance is “Swan Lake”, which is a tale of a beautiful maiden, Odette, who is turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer.
- It takes about 15 meters of tulle and several days to create a ballet tutu.
- Some countries have banned the performance of ballet – in 2001, Turkmenistan issued a complete ban on ballet.
- Pointe shoes are not worn until the dancer’s technique has been perfected in order to prevent injury.
- Louis XIV was passionate about ballet and his teacher was the famed choreographer, Pierre Beauchamp.
How to take part
The best way to celebrate World Ballet Day is to attend a performance. Check your local theaters for upcoming ballet shows and purchase a ticket! If you’re interested in learning ballet, attend master classes and make your dreams come true. Additionally, follow ballet experts on social media, ask questions, and participate in discussions.
When is World Ballet Day in 2023?
World Ballet Day is observed on October 1 each year.