Happy World Theater (or Theatre) Day, friends! In honor of this delightful holiday—which has been celebrated every March 27 since 1962—we rounded up 10 of the world's most beautiful dance venues. Obviously this is far from a comprehensive list, but it includes theaters both old and new from all over the globe. And it's perfect daydreaming fodder. Can't you just picture yourself flying across the stage at the Bolshoi, or dancing for the Queen at Covent Garden?
Palais Garnier, Paris, France
Home of the Paris Opéra Ballet, this exquisite theater is also the setting for The Phantom of the Opera.
Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, United States
Designed by Frank Gehry, this ultramodern venue is where L.A. Dance Project frequently performs—and its gleaming exterior, as pretty much every dancer in L.A. has discovered, makes a fantastic background for dance pics.
Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, Russia
This regal home of the Bolshoi Ballet first opened in 1825, but it's looking extra beautiful these days after a complete renovation, which took six years and was completed in 2011.
Copenhagen Opera House, Copenhagen, Denmark
One of the most expensive opera houses ever built—it cost more than $500 million—this sleek venue is located on the island of Holmen in central Copenhagen, and frequently hosts the Royal Danish Ballet.
Guangzhou Opera House, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China
Designed by Zaha Hadid, this futuristic venue hosts dance companies from all over the world.
La Scala, Milan, Italy
Home to La Scala Ballet, this glorious theater will turn 240 years old next year.
David H. Koch Theater, New York City, United States
George Balanchine helped design this venue, formerly known as the New York State Theater, so that it'd be perfect for New York City Ballet performances.
Metropolitan Opera House, New York City, United States
Just across the plaza from the Koch Theater sits this massive venue, where American Ballet Theatre mounts its annual spring season.
Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia
One of the world's most famous buildings, this iconic structure is the Sydney home of The Australian Ballet.
Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), London, England
Home of The Royal Ballet, this elegant theater has hosted ballet performances since 1734.
Anna Zanovello is one of New York Fashion Week's favorite new models—and a former ballet dancer from Milan. Not surprised? Neither were we. Ballerinas are elegant, strong, graceful—and perfect for the catwalk!
Anna, a stunningly gorgeous, long-legged beauty, trained in classical ballet growing up, eventually earning a spot at Italian ballet company La Scala Theatre Ballet. While still in the company, the then 18-year-old went to a modeling competition in Verona to support a friend—not compete. It was there that she caught the eye of an agency scout. He pled with her to model, but she'd already made up her mind: She was going to be a ballerina. But shortly after, a broken ankle forced her to take a year off from ballet and re-think her options. Why not try modeling?
Anna recently opened Altuzarra’s spring 2012 show at NYFW (wow!) and won spots on the Theyskens’ Theory, Dolce & Gabbana and Giorgio Armani runways. But our favorite part of the story? She skipped Paris Fashion Week in order to spend a month studying at the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow. Now that's our kind of girl! In an interview with New York Magazine, she said, "In December, I entered a competition where one of the judges was the director of the Bolshoi Ballet School in Moscow. I won first prize and part of the award was spending a month studying at the Bolshoi. I kind of had culture shock when I first arrived there. But the school itself was an amazing experience."
She went on to address the hot topic of the pressure to be thin in modeling and ballet worlds. When asked which world was worse, she said, "Well, I met a lot more bulimic girls [doing ballet]. I think it’s worse in ballet because they check your weight and if you’re above a certain weight, you leave the school. It’s horrible."
It's tough to be in a world—whether it's ballet or modeling—where the way look determines where your career will take you. But one thing's for sure: Congratulations are due to a dancer who's been able to overcome the challenges and truly succeed. We can't wait to see her on the runway or the stage—whichever is up next.