World Ballet School Day celebrates a new generation of dance artists

NZSD Classical Ballet Students in studio performance. Photo by Julia Forsyth.
NZSD Classical Ballet Students in studio performance. Photo by Julia Forsyth.

The World Ballet School Day 2021 organising committee has announced that the second annual World Ballet School Day (WBSD) will be streamed online at www.worldballetschoolday.com on Saturday 13 November throughout the day.

WBSD connects the next generation of young professional dance artists with young people from around the world. Created by students for students, this event is a platform for young artists in training to share a message of solidarity through the language of dance and ballet. 

Students from the seven educational institutions of the organising committee will join together in discussion to provide insights into the world of professional ballet and dance training, introducing segments from each school featuring behind-the-scenes and performance footage, exploring the following themes:

#1. Adaptability 

This topic will share how the dance world must evolve to meet the societal conditions of today and showcases how students and their schools have adapted to COVID.

#2. Identity 

Students will focus on how they see themselves on the stage and identify as artists discovering themselves, as well as showcasing the ideas around celebrating/embracing diversity.

#3. Pathways 

As COVID continues to challenge how students will enter the profession, this topic will share and discuss a variety of ways dancers are becoming professionals.  

This year, the committee extends an invitation for ballet schools to participate in this second edition of WBSD by submitting a short video clip (no more than 20-30 seconds) of dance content that best represents their organisation and connects with the above themes. These submissions will be edited into a celebratory representation of our global dance community. Submissions can be made online at www.worldballetschoolday.com beginning 6 September.

The seven educational institutions in the WBSD 2021 organising committee include: The Ailey School, Boston Ballet School, Canada’s National Ballet School, English National Ballet School, New Zealand School of Dance, Palucca University of Dance Dresden and the Prix de Lausanne. 

For more information on World Ballet School Day, visit www.worldballetschoolday.com

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