World Ballet School Day

Training a new generation of dance artists Inaugural edition Tuesday 7 July 2020 from 11:00 GMT

The Palucca University of Dance Dresden is delighted to announce that it will be participating in the inaugural World Ballet School Day which will be streamed online on Tuesday 7 July from 11:00 GMT.

World Ballet School Day (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 participating schools will join together in a round table to provide insights into the world of professional ballet and dance training especially during lockdown, and will introduce segments from each school featuring behind the scenes and performance footage filmed both before and during lockdown.

The event will also feature the world premiere of a new dance work. Six international ballet schools worked with choreographer Didy Veldman to explore the theme of physical restriction in a project led by The Royal Ballet School. The Royal Ballet School invited San Francisco Ballet School, Canada’s National Ballet School, Paris Opera Ballet School, The Royal Danish Ballet School and the Dutch National Ballet Academy to join them in a creative choreographic challenge for ballet students in lockdown. The dancers worked in six groups and created and rehearsed with Didy over Zoom. The students then filmed their individual performances and Didy and The BalletBoyz have created a film containing their work.

The founding of WBSD is a collaboration of Boston Ballet School, Canada’s National Ballet School, English National Ballet School, New Zealand School of Dance, Palucca University of Dance Dresden, and the Prix de Lausanne. The idea was originally conceived by Viviana Durante.

Twelve schools/institutions from three continents are participating in this inaugural year:

  1. The Australian Ballet School                                    
  2. Boston Ballet School                                                
  3. Dutch National Ballet Academy                                
  4. English National Ballet School                                  
  5. Canada’s National Ballet School                              
  6. Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden                     
  7. Paris Opera Ballet School
  8. Prix de Lausanne
  9. Royal Ballet School
  10. Royal Danish Ballet School
  11. San Francisco Ballet School
  12. New Zealand School of Dance

Viviana Durante says: “World Ballet School Day is about uniting students training at professional ballet and dance schools around the world. We want to showcase their resilience, strength, dedication, talent, intellect and passion, celebrating how their journey begins and why—now more than ever—ballet, dance and art matter so much.”


World Ballet School Day will be streamed on Tuesday 7th July from 11:00 GMT on and the film from the Palucca University will be presented on its Vimeo Channel and will be available for catch-up for one month.