Spend your Tuesday with the world’s greatest ballet dancers.

By Christopher Tkaczyk
October 04, 2016
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Christopher Tkaczyk is the Senior News Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @ctkaczyk.

Five of the world’s premiere ballet companies are celebrating the art of dance Tuesday with the longest Facebook Live broadcast to date. Principal and corps dancers from The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, and San Francisco Ballet are inviting the public into their rehearsal studios for a backstage look at how ballet is made.

Now in its third year, the day-long celebration is the longest free ballet performance. You can watch the full 20-hour livestream on the World Ballet Day website, via Facebook Live, or the video below.

“Ballet is a really living art-form,” Australian Ballet's Artistic Director David McAllister told SBS. “Whether it is dancing the great classic repertoire or creating new works, the dancers are constantly interpreting the choreography and developing their performances so that each time the curtain lifts it is a brand new performance.”

If you miss any of the broadcast, you can watch each company’s Facebook Live streams here:

Want to be a part of the action? Post a pic of your best jeté to Instagram using the hashtag #WorldBalletDay.