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Friday, January 29, 2021

Classical Ballet Favourites streaming

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National Ballet of Canada in Giselle Peasant Pas de Quatre,  Le Corsaire pas de deux, Etudes finale. Up for a month starting today.  Click here:

Paris Opera Ballet - Gala
Paris Opera Ballet will be streaming its gala FREE  with three great works.
Défilé: Every dancer from the youngest student to the most senior étoile makes their way onto the Garnier Stage
Grand Pas Classique
Valentine Colasante, Danseuse Etoile
Hugo Marchand, Danseur Etoile
In the Night
1er pas de deux :
Ludmila Pagliero, Danseuse Etoile
Mathieu Ganio, Danseur Etoile
2ème pas de deux :
Léonore Baulac, Danseuse Etoile
Germain Louvet, Danseur Etoile
3ème pas de deux :
Alice Renavand, Danseuse Etoile
Stéphane Bullion, Danseur Etoile
The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude
Amandine Albisson, Danseuse Etoile
Ludmila Pagliero, Danseuse Etoile
Paul Marque, Danseur Etoile
Hannah O'Neill, Première danseuse
Pablo Legasa, Premier danseur

Click for POB Gala


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Royal Ballet - La Fille mal Gardée

Lise Natalia Osipova

Colas Steven McRae
This event is scheduled to begin at 7pm GMT on 29 January 2021. Just the thing to cheer you up in the depths of winter!

Following the live stream, a film of the performance will be available to watch On Demand until 28 February 2021. The recording will take some time to process before it is available.

$4.35 Canadian

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Thursday, December 24, 2020

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Friday, July 10, 2020

Great American ballerinas


All virtual Studio 5 events will be streamed for one week on City Center’s YouTube channel.
Studio 5 | Great American Ballerinas is part of City Center’s Live @ Home virtual programming and includes the following events.

Thu Jul 16 at 3pm
On view for seven days through Wed Jul 22
In the first program of the series, NYCB principal dancer Tiler Peck, famous for her prodigious technique and musicality, works with former NYCB star and ballet master Merrill Ashley. Ashley created numerous roles for George Balanchine and is credited with establishing unprecedented levels of technique in the 1970s and ‘80s. Together they will explore a selection of Balanchine solos with Ashley coaching Peck live.

Thu Jul 30 at 12pm
On view for seven days through Wed Aug 5
NYCB principal dancer Sara Mearns has become known as one of America’s foremost interpreters of the dual role of Odette-Odile in Swan Lake. She explores this classic role live alongside Georgian ballerina Nina Ananiashvili—a former principal dancer with Bolshoi Ballet and ABT, among others, and widely known as “one of the twelve greatest ballerinas of all time” (Daily Telegraph).

Wed Sep 16 at 5pm
On view for seven days through Tue Sep 22
NYCB principal dancer Tiler Peck works with former NYCB ballerina Stephanie Saland on the “green” solo from Jerome Robbins’s 1969 classic Dances at a Gathering. The only female solo in the hour-long quintessential piano ballet, Saland was coached in the role by Robbins himself who also choreographed a number of roles for her in the 1970s and ‘80s.

Wed Sep 23 at 5pm
On view for seven days through Tue Sep 29
NYCB principal dancer Sara Mearns works with choreographer Pam Tanowitz to explore new solo material created for her. Both artists have extended their artistic range in recent years—Tanowitz revealing her distinct choreographic voice through a witty and inventive post-modern treatment of classical dance vocabulary and Mearns expanding her repertory to include works by modern dance pioneers Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, and Merce Cunningham, among others.

Wed Sep 30 at 5pm
On view for seven days through Tue Oct 6
In the final program of the series, Misty Copeland, the first African American principal ballerina with the prestigious ABT, revisits Juliet’s solo scenes in Act Three of Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet to demonstrate how a ballerina continually refines her repertory, along with international ballet star and ABT principal dancer Alessandra Ferri.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Fantastic Dance Week streaming from Lincoln Center

Welcome to Dance Week at Lincoln Center at Home from Saturday, May 30 to Thursday, June 4. The offerings, which will be streamed at and on Lincoln Center’s Facebook Page, were filmed during more than 40 years of performances.
Some of the broadcasts have not been seen in decades, including landmark New York City Ballet works by George Balanchine, with some dancers in the roles that Balanchine created for them. Dance Week will include special themed Pop-Up Classrooms, with a full schedule to be announced soon.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Ballet Appreciation online! Canadians in Ballet

Frances Chung, San Francisco Ballet

Celine Gittens, Birmingham Royal Ballet

Online lecture: How Canadians are Conquering the Ballet World
Lecturer: Katherine Barber
When you think of hotbeds of balletic talent, Saskatoon and North Bay are not the first places that spring to mind. Yet Canadians are making waves all over the ballet world, often with little recognition at home. Get to know 14 of them in these two entertaining talks, illustrated by video clips, which will also explore the variety of what constitutes “ballet” today.

The videos will be best viewed on a larger screen (ie laptop, tablet) rather than on your phone.

Each talk is about 50 minutes long.

These will be delivered online via Zoom. If you haven't used Zoom before, it's pretty easy.

Payment is by PayPal. You can use your PayPal account if you have one, or if not, you can simply use your credit card via the PayPal link. Just click or tap on the buttons below to take you to your shopping cart. 
You can add both parts to your shopping cart rather than checking out after each one.

Once you sign up, I will send you the link to connect to Zoom.

Tip: if you don't know what time 2pm Eastern is in your time zone, just type "2 pm Eastern Time" into Google and it will convert it for you.

Part 1:
Tuesday 26 May at 2 pm Eastern Time
$15 Cdn including tax

Part 2:
Tuesday 2 June at 2 pm Eastern Time
$15 Cdn including tax 

Katherine Barber
Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays
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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

New York City Ballet free online

WEEK 1: Monday, April 20 – Saturday, April 25 Monday, April 20: 

City Ballet The Podcast
“See the Music” episode on Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky’s score for George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, featuring NYCB Resident Conductor Daniel Capps and the NYCB Orchestra, with an introduction by NYCB Music Director Andrew Litton
(available at, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Luminary, the iHeartRadio app, and other podcast platforms)
Tuesday, April 21: NYCB Performance
Allegro Brillante
Music by Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky Choreography by George Balanchine
PRINCIPAL CASTING: Tiler Peck and Andrew Veyette
with the NYCB Orchestra,
Conductor: Andrew Litton, NYCB Music Director Solo Piano: Susan Walters

(available at,, and from Tuesday, April 21 at 8pm until Friday, April 24, at 8pm EDT)
Friday, April 24: NYCB Performance
Music by Nico Muhly (commissioned by NYCB) Choreography by Justin Peck
CAST: Sara Mearns, Miriam Miller, Sara Adams, Claire Kretzschmar, Brittany Pollack, Unity Phelan, Gonzalo Garcia, Andrew Scordato, Adrian Danchig-Waring, Daniel Ulbricht, Jovani Furlan, Gilbert Bolden III
With the NYCB Orchestra
Conductor: Andrew Litton, NYCB Music Director

(available at,, and from Friday, April 24 at 8pm until Monday, April 27 at 8pm EDT)
WEEK 2: Monday, April 27 – Saturday, May 2
Monday, April 27:
City Ballet The Podcast

Episode on George Balanchine’s Apollo
(available at, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Luminary, the iHeartRadio app,

and other podcast platforms)

Tuesday, April 28: NYCB Performance
Music by Igor Stravinsky Choreography by George Balanchine
PRINCIPAL CASTING: Taylor Stanley, Tiler Peck, Brittany Pollack, and Indiana Woodward
with the NYCB Orchestra,
Conductor: Andrew Litton, NYCB Music Director

(available at,, and from Tuesday, April 28 at 8pm until Friday, May 1, at 8pm EDT)

Friday, May 1: NYCB Performance
Ballo Della Regina
Music by Giuseppe Verdi Choreography by George Balanchine
PRINCIPAL CASTING: Megan Fairchild, Anthony Huxley
With the NYCB Orchestra
Conductor: Andrews Sill, NYCB Associate Music Director

After the Rain Pas de Deux
Music by Arvo Pärt
Choreography by Christopher Wheeldon

PRINCIPAL CASTING: Wendy Whelan, Craig Hall

(available at,, and from Friday, May 1 at 8pm until Monday, May 4 at 8pm EDT)

Friday, March 27, 2020

Free ballet livestreams

Feeling deprived of ballet because of theatre closures? 

Bolshoi Ballet
will stream on their YouTube channel the following ballet. These are up for only 24 hours.starting at 7 pm Moscow time (noon Eastern time)
Broadcast Schedule:
15.04 - Le Corsaire
18.04 - Spartacus
25.04 - A hero of our time
03.05 - The bright stream
07.05 - Don Quixote

 The Royal Ballet

Mariinsky Ballet has on YouTube a documentary about Vladimir Shklyarov (who looks about sixteen but is in fact in his thirties!) including a performance towards the end of the film of Roland Petit's Le Jeune Homme et la Mort. 

Royal Danish Ballet will be livestreaming Napoli
Note! Depending on your connection, it may take a few minutes for the video to start playing.

Free online course from Harvard.
Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring: Modernism, Ballet, and Riots 

Paris Opera Ballet is livestreaming several performances,

   « HOMMAGE À JEROME ROBBINS » -Fancy Free, A Suite of Dances, Afternoon of a Faun, Glass Pieces13 April starting at 7h30 pm CET until 19 avril

From 18 April starting at 19h00 CET until 19 June
CHORÉGRAPHIE : Rudolf Noureev 

Rome Opera Ballet
The Sleeping Beauty, with Marianela Nunez and Vladislav Lantratov 

Dutch National Ballet

has announced that they are looking into what videos they might be able to stream.

Hamburg Ballet

free online streams of John Neumeier ballets from Hamburg Ballet (times are CET, ie 6 hours ahead of Eastern Time)…/news/video_matthaeus_passio…
"St Matthew Passion" ballet by John Neumeier
Stream from Thursday, April 9th Saturday April 18
At 4.30 p.m. for 48 hours
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach
Choreography, staging, set design and costumes: John Neumeier
Recorded in 2005 from the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, with John Neumeier as Jesus
"The Lady of the Camellias" ballet by John Neumeier based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas
Stream from Thursday April 16 | Saturday April 25th
At 4.30 p.m. for 48 hours
Music: Frédéric Chopin
Choreography and production: John Neumeier | Set design and costumes: Jürgen Rose
NDR studio production 1987
"Death in Venice" A dance of death by John Neumeier based on the novella by Thomas Mann
Stream from Thursday, April 23rd Saturday May 2nd
At 4.30 p.m. for 48 hours
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach, Richard Wagner
Choreography, staging, lighting concept: John Neumeier
Stage design: Peter Schmidt | Costumes: John Neumeier and Peter Schmidt
2004 recording from the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden
“Beethoven Project” ballet by John Neumeier
Stream from Thursday April 30th Saturday May 9th
At 4.30 p.m. for 48 hours
Music: Ludwig van Beethoven
Choreography, light and costumes: John Neumeier | Set design: Heinrich Tröger
Recorded in 2019 from the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden
"Illusions - like Swan Lake" ballet by John Neumeier
Stream from Thursday, May 7th Sat May 16
At 4.30 p.m. for 48 hours
Music: Peter I. Tchaikovsky
Choreography and production: John Neumeier
Choreography ("Second memory"): after Lew Ivanow, reconstructed under the advice of Alexandra Danilova
Choreography (Grand Pas de deux in "Third Memory"): after Marius Petipa and Lew Ivanow
Set design and costumes: Jürgen Rose
Recorded in 2001 from the Hamburg State Opera

La Scala
Tuesday 21 april

Adolphe Adam, Cesare Pugni, Léo Delibes, Riccardo Drigo, Peter von Oldenburg

Le Corsaire

Coreografia di Anna-Marie Holmes da Marius Petipa e Konstantin Sergeyev, scene e costumi di Luisa Spinatelli, direttore Patrick Fournillier con 

Nicoletta Manni, Timofej Andrijashenko, Martina Arduino, Marco Agostino, Antonino Sutera, Mattia Semperboni e Antonella Albano.  Teatro alla Scala 2018

Stuttgart Ballet

Astana Opera (Kazakhstan)

Streaming starts at 2 pm UK time during the week and at 1 pm UK time on Saturdays and Sundays
Wednesday April 15 - Chopiniana (Les Sylphides) and Scheherazade
Saturday, 18 April - Manon (MacMillan)

Sunday, 19 April - Beethoven, Immortal, Love - the new ballet by Raimondo Rebeck,

Saturday, 25 April - a double bill of 21st century ballets - How Long is Now? (Raimondo Rebeck) and Sounds of Time (Ksenia Zvereva)

Wednesday, 29 April - Coppelia (Roland Petit version)
Sunday, 3 May - Swan Lake
Saturday, 9 May - Beethoven, Immortal, Love
Here is the Astana Opera website.эксклюзивные-спектакли-астана-опер/
and TengriTV for the streaming is here

Finnish National Ballet

Kenneth Greve's The Little Mermaid starting March 26. Other ballets subsequently. 

Zurich Ballet
Three ballets by Christian Spuck:
Messa da Requiem, Romeo and Juliet, Nutcracker and Mouse King

Vienna State Ballet
April 21 at 19:00 CEST - John Neumeier's Le Pavillon d'Armide & Le Sacre
April 29 at 19:00 CEST - Manuel Legris' production of Le Corsaire  

Northern Ballet
 What's On
  • EGO - watch online at from 7pm on 27 March
  • Dracula - see it on BBC Four and iPlayer in the coming weeks as part of the BBC's Culture in Quarantine Season
  • 1984 - for one month only, see Jonathan Watkins' award-winning ballet online at from Friday 3 April
  • Little Red Riding Hood - our ballet for children has been adapted for CBeebies and will be shown for the first time at 9:30am on Good Friday, 10 April
  • 50th Anniversary Celebration Gala - see exclusive extended highlights online from Friday 17 April
And lots more, including:
  • The Making of EGO - an exclusive behind-the-scenes documentary into the making of Kenneth Tindall and Dan Lowenstein's new dance film.
  • Exclusive content from our new ballet Geisha
  • Extended footage from Victoria
  • Exclusive dancer Q&As and behind-the-scenes content
Northern Ballet is requesting donations for viewing.

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