Just in case you’ve been living under a ballet rock for the past few years, World Ballet Day is a joint effort between some of the world’s top ballet companies to put on a day-long livestream of classes, rehearsals, and performances from across the globe.
The livestream attracts a number of different types of viewers, everyone from friends afar, young dancers hoping to see a glimpse of their idols, teachers looking for inspiration, and you, oh adult ballet dancer.
It can be overwhelming to get caught up in the livestreams, but as you watch, take note of these few things to apply to your own training.
What comments and corrections are the pros getting during their class? This could be anything from the Ballet Master/Mistress yelling something when people are going across the floor, or taking the time to better explain what they’re looking for in a barre exercise. If they’re taking the time to emphasize something to the people who literally take class every single day, then it’s probably worth paying attention to.
Exercises you don’t usually do in class
One of the big things I remember from the first World Ballet Day was actually at the very beginning. The dancers at the Australian Ballet do an exercise of tendus and rises completely in parallel before moving from the barre to the centre. When asked, they explained that doing this exercise helped prevent shin splints and other injuries. Since then, other companies have started adopting this practice, and it’s one you can easily adopt too! After the last exercise at barre, do some rises and tendus in parallel to get your calf and shin muscles stretched out before moving onto jumps and turns.
Emotion and attitude
No, not that attitude. For once I actually mean emotional attitude. From being in classes with teenagers, sometimes I forget that one can actually have a studious and reserved attitude when it comes to class time. Who catches your eye when watching the classes? Is it the ones going through the exercises without feeling or emotion, or is it the ones changing their expression to match the movements? What kind of face or attitude are the putting on, and how can you do a similar one in your own classes? Remember that performance is built in class, not during dress rehearsals, and it’s hard to “turn on” your expression if you’re used to looking like an emotionless robot during class (totally guilty of this myself).
Will you be catching World Ballet Day live on the day? Who or what are you watching out for? Get all the details about World Ballet Day below!
Go to WorldBalletDay.com