Enter your school for World Ballet School Day!

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New Zealand School of Dance students; photo: Julia Forsythe.
New Zealand School of Dance students; photo: Julia Forsythe.

The committee of World Ballet School Day is inviting ballet schools to participate in this year’s edition of the annual event.

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. 

Interested schools can submit 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.

WBSD 21 will be streamed on-line at www.worldballetschoolday.com on Saturday November 13 throughout the day.

Submissions can be made online at www.worldballetschoolday.com beginning Sept 6. 

The seven educational institutions in the WBSD 21 organising committee are The Ailey School, Boston Ballet School, Canada’s National Ballet School, English National Ballet School, New Zealand School of Dance, Palucca University of Dance Dresdenand the Prix de Lausanne.

WBSD 21 will be available online for catch-up for one month.

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