Olympians, sports stars and 34 worldwide dance companies join the biggest ever World Ballet Day


In an unprecedented celebration of dance, #WorldBalletDay bought together 34 dance companies from six continents around the world yesterday including The Royal Ballet, The Australian Ballet and The Bolshoi Ballet. During the day this reached more than 100 million people internationally via social media and #WorldBalletDay trended on Twitter.

Members of the sporting elite Dame Kelly Holmes, Colin Jackson, Mark Ramprakash, Tony Adams and Chemmy Alcott took part in a ballet lesson and shared experiences with members of The Royal Ballet in a round-table discussion about maintaining positive mental health in professional sport and

dance. The Royal Ballet partnered with mental health charity Mind for the day, signing their Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation as part of its commitment to fostering positive mental health in the future.

On the day, @damekellyholmes tweeted:

Chuffed to be part of this. @royaloperahouse have signed the @MindCharity Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation. The Charter sets out how organisations should adopt good mental health practice to make activities inclusive, positive and open to everyone.

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