NEWS: Go behind-the-scenes of Swan Lake with @ScottishBallet on #WorldBalletDay

World Ballet Day Live returns this year on Thursday 1 October with 23 hours of footage from five of the world’s leading ballet companies; The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, and San Francisco Ballet. The Royal Ballet will stream five hours of exclusive backstage footage from 11.00am BST.

Kevin O’Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet, will lead a panel discussion live from Covent Garden on the future of ballet in the UK at 2pm, and will be joined by Artistic Directors of participating companies including Scottish Ballet’s Chief Executive/Artistic Director Christopher Hampson. 

At 2.55pm Scottish Ballet will be on air showing a unique behind-the-scenes look at David Dawson’s visionary new production of Swan Lake – Scottish Ballet’s first re-imagining of this classic ballet in over 20 years to premiere spring 2016. Taking the format of the successful Uncut series, this is an exclusive peek into the rehearsal studio with David Dawson as he creates his visceral and daring interpretation of this iconic ballet on Scottish Ballet Principal Dancers Sophie Martin and Christopher Harrison.

This year the content for all five international companies will be shown on a newly launched website:, and Scottish Ballet’s Swan Lake segment will be available to watch at from 4pm on Thu 1 Oct.

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#WorldBalletDay Dance Anywhere

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Share a photograph of yourself dancing outside anywhere in the world and tag it with #WorldBalletDay by Thu 1 Oct for it to be shared during the live segments of World Ballet Day 2015


Follow @scottishballet on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for more updates throughout the day and insights from Sophie Martin and Christopher Harrison (above).