T-minus a week until one of the happiest days of the year: World Ballet Day will be back forroundthree on Tuesday, October 4!
When we say that World Ballet Day is straight-up Ballet Christmas, we aren't exaggerating. Since 2014, the annual event has brought together top-notch companies from all over the world—and we do mean ALL over, from Australia to Russia—for a celebration of the art form we love so much. What does that look like? It looks like a full day of live broadcasts, inviting fans inside technique classes, rehearsals and backstage preparations. Last year, the event pulled in more than 350,000 viewers from 150 countries.
The Royal Ballet in class during World Ballet Day 2015 (screenshot via YouTube)
This year's featured companies are The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, and San Francisco Ballet; they'll air a combined 20 hours of behind-the-scenes footage. (The event actually starts at 10 pm October 3 EST, with the Australian Ballet, and then moves across the globe, concluding with San Francisco Ballet on the afternoon of October 4.) There's a cool new twist, though: This time around, each of the five partner companies have invited a whole slew of nearby regional dance organizations to participate in their World Ballet Day broadcasts. It's a doozy of a list: Hong Kong Ballet, Queensland Ballet, West Australian Ballet, English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Northern Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Ballets du Monte Carlo and Dutch National Ballet.
I mean. You can't NOT watch this.
You can get involved, too. On the day of the broadcast, chat with other ballet fans as you watch the broadcast at worldballetday.com, and submit questions for the dancers using the hashtag #worldballetday on Twitter.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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.
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Imagine attending American Ballet Theatre's prestigious NYC summer intensive, training among classical ballet legends. Imagine taking the stage at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals, competing against some of the country's best contemporary dancers. Now, imagine doing both—at the same time.
Welcome to Madison Brown's world. This summer, she's in her third year as a National Training Scholar with ABT, while also competing for NYCDA's Teen Outstanding Dancer title. (She's already won Outstanding Dancer in the Mini and Junior categories.) The logistics are complicated—ABT's five-week intensive overlaps with the weeklong NYCDA Nationals, which translates to a lot of cabs back and forth across Manhattan—but Maddie is committed to making the most of each opportunity. "I love contemporary and ballet equally," she says. "While I'm able to do both, I want to do as much as I can."
Maddie has an expressive face, endless extensions, and a quiet command of the stage. She dances with remarkable maturity—a trait noted by none other than Jennifer Lopez, one of the judges on NBC's "World of Dance," on which Maddie competed in Season 2. Although Maddie didn't take home the show's top prize, she was proud to be the youngest remaining soloist when she was eliminated, and saw the whole experience as an opportunity to grow. After all, she's just getting started. Oh, that's right—did we mention Maddie's only 14?
Corbin Bleu in rehearsal for "Kiss Me, Kate" (Jenny Anderson, courtesy Roundabout Theatre Company)
If you're a hardcore Broadway baby, today is the worst Sunday of the year. Why, you ask? The Tony Awards were last Sunday, so basically there's nothing to look forward to in life anymore—no James Corden being James Corden, no teary acceptance speeches from newly minted stars, no thrilling excerpts from the hottest new shows. Oh yeah, and there are 50 more Sundays to go before our humdrum lives are once again blessed with the next annual iteration of Broadway's biggest night.