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.
You guys know how obsessed I am with Insta meetups. These genius events unite passionate photographers with compelling subject matter, and then leverage the power of social media technology to give people multiple perspectives on the same idea, object or place.
May I then call your attention to The Royal Opera House's #balletbeauty meetup? Home of The Royal Ballet, ROH organized the event as a way to invite top London 'grammers to take a peek inside the dressing rooms of the company dancers. And while #balletbeauty pretty much spells out the theme of the images, there's a whole lot more performance face mirror selfies. Take a look:
Raise your hand if it's your dream to have a private tour of your favorite opera house. Right, so everyone.
(Photo by @whatalexloves, via Instagram)
Thanks to Instagram, we can come pretty close. Following the success of the #emptymet campaign on the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Instagram account, the Royal Opera House revealed its behind-the-scenes operations to a lucky group of London Instagrammers. The hashtag? #EmptyROH.
(Photo by @geerhee, via Instagram)
The ’grammers were treated to a morning tour of the opera house, capturing images of the dancers in company class and the costume shops before the daily hustle began.
There's something so special about the quiet stillness captured in these images—especially since we know how much work and effort is about to take place. Here's one ’grammer's take on photographing the Royal Ballet dancers: "It was a very intense moment, and it actually gave me chills."
We couldn't agree more. And remember, you can spend even more time behind the scenes with the Royal Ballet on October 1—#WorldBalletDay!
Instagram is basically a dance-lover's paradise. Dancers are all about visuals, so a photo-sharing app is our idea of a playground. And that means a lot of big dance names (and organizations) are alllll over Instagram, giving us little peeks at their glamorous, artsy worlds.
Looking for inspiration? Well, first, give us a follow (@dancespiritmagazine)! And then check out our list of 10 other dance-tagrammers who won't disappoint.
@thejaquelknight (JaQuel Knight)
@RoyalOperaHouse (London's Royal Opera House)
A smorgasbord of beautiful images from The Royal Ballet and Royal Opera. (These are the Caterpillar's shoes from Christopher Wheeldon's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland!)
@travisova (Travis Wall)
A star in his own right, he also works with pretty much every amazing dancer you can think of—and his feed is full of them.
@miamicityballet (Miami City Ballet)
They let their dancers do the Instagramming, which makes for an interesting, ever-changing feed.
@thrurosecoloredlenses (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Jamar Roberts)
Unexpected perspectives on all things dance (and non-dance).
@allisonholker (Allison Holker)
A mix of pretty dance shots and the cutest family photos you've ever seen (because hello, her family is tWitch and her adorable munchkin of a daughter).
@gallimdance (Gallim Dance)
No brunch photos here. The innovative company's feed is all beautiful dancing, all the time.
The funniest bunhead 'grammer out there. Real World Ballerina speaks the truth!
@cloudskmz (Daniel "Cloud" Campos)
Our favorite commercial goofball's quirky sense of humor translates well to Instagram.
@janieclaire (New York City Ballet principal Janie Taylor)
Janie Taylor lives in a bizarre, wonderful world. We want to go to there.