October 4th is a day of international recognition for the classical arts, famously known as World Ballet Day. Five leading ballet companies from around the world are set to get involved in a 20-hour live stream to showcase their upcoming performances, with exclusive behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage and interviews with industry leaders. The Australian Ballet is a proud ambassador of World Ballet Day, along with The National Ballet of Canada, San Francisco Ballet, The Royal Ballet and Bolshoi Ballet. This year the live stream will include the bonus of pre-recorded footage from a wide range of dance organisations from Hong Kong Ballet, Queensland Ballet, West Australian Ballet and many other companies situated in England and the United States. An unprecedented 349,000 viewers tuned in on World Ballet Day last year and had reached an audience of more than two million over the course of the year. This year’s live stream hopes to surpass this achievement with more added features to enjoy. You can get involved in World Ballet Day by using the hashtag on social media #WorldBalletDay with any photos and videos of you dancing. There is also encouragement for you to include any pictures of your dancing shoes and use the hashtag #mydanceshoes. So what are you waiting for? Show the world your passion for dance on #WorldBalletDay. The broadcast is as follows: TUESDAY OCTOBER 4, 2016 1pm – The Australian Ballet LIVE from Melbourne 5pm – Bolshoi Ballet 9pm – The Royal Ballet 1am – The National Ballet of Canada 5am – San Francisco Ballet To see the broadcast go to: www.australianballet.com.au/tv The Australian Ballet is geared up for hours of entertainment and ballet education!

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