I have a dance-mad daughter,  who particularly loves ballet and I am quite partial to a night at the ballet too. However, a night at The Royal Opera House is currently on hold, sipping a champagne in the Paul Hamlyn Hall Champagne Bar before taking our seats will just have to be recreated in our house. Here are our ways to get our cultural fix of ballet and for my daughter to keep practicing.

Streaming Ballet

Whilst we fight Covid-19, many of the larger ballet companies have turned to streaming ballet performances, so we can still enjoy them from home.

The Royal Opera House have begun streaming a number of performances in a series called #fromourhousetoyours. They streamed Peter and The Wolf on the 27th March, which is great for children and adults alike. Coming up, The Metamorphosis, will be on the 17th April.

Sadler’s Wells have launched Digital Stage, which will stream live performances ‘ wherever you are in the world while our live stages are dark’. The first performance was Ballet Boyz – this video is available until 3rd April and then this week will be Rumpelstiltskin. For more information on all the performances go to Sadler’s Wells

If you fancy travelling a little further in your virtual world, then The Bolshoi Ballet will take you to Russia via their Youtube page which is also streaming performances. I spent a very lovely Saturday evening watching Sleeping Beauty. For details of their programme, see The Bolshoi Ballet youtube trailer.

Lastly, Marquee TV are offering a 30 day free trial, and their ballet category is packed to the rafters with performances from around the world.

Taking an online ballet class

Being in isolation doesn’t mean you don’t have to stop lessons! There are plenty of places running online classes so you can keep your toes pointed and arms moving with a porte de bras.

The ENB are running a series of workshops as part of their #enbathome programme. There are advanced / professional classes and also more basic lessons, and dancing in your house with their principle female, Tamara Rojo seems pretty special to me! You can find the lesson on there ENB Facebook page. 

Over on Instagram and YouTube, Sarah Du-Feu known as the Ballet Coach, is giving lessons via Instagram Live. From ages 2 – adult, there are a multitude of classes for all levels, you are sure to find something that suits. Check out The Ballet Coach on Instagram

The English Youth Ballet is also streaming classes via their Instagram page. With classes for 8-12 year olds, pointe and barre work for 12-18 year olds. They are taught by EYB principle dancer, Claire Corruble and Phillip Tunstal.

Hopefully, this is a little to helping you keep ballet in your life, even in the most challenging of times.

Although, these classes and performances are screened for free, there is a polite ask to donate. Obviously, these are also straightened times for so many of us, but any donation towards these establishments and freelance teachers will be of enormous help for individuals and the arts scene.