10 Spectacular Dance Theaters to Help You Celebrate World Theater Day

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.

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.

Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), London, England

Home of The Royal Ballet, this elegant theater has hosted ballet performances since 1734.


Dance Fashion
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.

We also want you to get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.

Cover Model Search

WilldaBeast and…a car? They may be unusual duet partners, but this new ad proves they're a pretty sweet match.

Keep Reading Show less
Dance Videos
Isabella Boylston in "The Bright Stream" (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy American Ballet Theatre)

Beloved by ballet fans for her lucid technique and onstage effervescence, by her Instagram followers for the deftly curated photos and videos she shares of her glamorous life, and by fangirl Jennifer Garner for all of the above, American Ballet Theatre principal Isabella Boylston is one of the rare ballet stars who's achieved mainstream fame. A native of Sun Valley, ID, Boylston trained at the Academy of Colorado Ballet and the Harid Conservatory before joining the ABT Studio Company in 2005. She entered the main company as an apprentice in 2006, and attained principal status in 2014. In addition to her successes with ABT, where she dances nearly every major ballerina role, Boylston has served as artistic director of the annual Ballet Sun Valley Festival, which brings high-level performances and classes to her hometown. And speaking of famous Jennifers: Boylston recently appeared as Jennifer Lawrence's dance double in the film Red Sparrow. Catch her onstage with ABT as Manon, Odette/Odile, and Princess Aurora during the company's Metropolitan Opera House season this summer in NYC. —Margaret Fuhrer

Keep Reading Show less
Dancers Dish

Video

mailbox

Get Dance Spirit in your inbox

Giveaways