Company class at San Francisco Ballet during World Ballet Day 2014 ( via worldballetday.com)
On October 1—that'd be next Thursday—we'll get a chance to go behind the scenes at The Australian Ballet, The Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet. Their shared 23-hour live stream, hosted by each company in turn, will include classes, rehearsals, performance snippets and interviews with choreographers, directors and other VIPs. There'll also be guest appearances by other dance groups, including American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet.
How beautiful does that sound? Please apologize in advance to your teachers; there's no way you're getting much work done on the 1st.
SFB rehearsing Don Quixote during WBD 2014 (via worldballetday.com)
Want to get involved? The fine folks at World Ballet Day are also hosting a "dance anywhere" contest, whose winners will be featured during the live broadcast. Just take a photo or video of yourself dancing (in the studio, around the kitchen, in front of the Eiffel Tower, wherever you do what you do); post it on Facebook, Twitter or Insta by September 30; and tag it #WorldBalletDay.