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Now the drain of January has finally come to an end and we are full steam ahead into rehearsal season, naturally, it’s got us thinking about the must-see ballet events for 2019. We have jete’d and pirouette’d across the internet to find which ones you should be rushing to get tickets for. So, instead of you having to do the hard work, we know you have far too much rehearsing to do for that, we have compiled you a go-to guide of the top ballet events worldwide that you should consider attending.

Whether you’re local to Chicago or Dublin, whether you’re into ballet events in NYC or ballet events in Sydney or whether London is your muse, you’re sure to find a ballet show that is calling your name to the big stage. Today, we’re dancing all over the globe. Next stop, Europe?

Swan Lake 

There are a number of shows of Swan Lake scattered across the world, here are some of the best showings this 2019!

Prague: Swan Lake in Prague, what a dream combination. From February 1st 2019 until April 28th 2019, eighteen dancers will bring the story of Swan Lake to life on the intimate stage the Hybernia Theatre in Prague.

Dublin: Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake can be found touring in Dublin from February 26th 2019 up until March 1st 2019. The Swan Lake will return to Dublin, this time with the St. Peterburg Ballet from October 22nd 2019 until October 26th 2019.

USA: Salt Lake City are putting on performances of Swan Lake all through February at the Capitol Theatre.

Belgium: You can see a spectacular performance of Swan Lake on February 17th in Belgium as part of Cirque Royal.


Sydney: The Australian Ballet are bringing the outstanding show of Giselle to Sydney from 1st May 2019 until 18th May 2019.

Akram Khan’s Giselle: The iconic ballet has been reimagined. Following performances in Auckland, Dublin and Hong Kong last season, Akram Khan’s ballet continues to tour international stages in 2019 lasting from 28th February until 14th July 2019. Locations include Chicago, Luxembourg and Moscow.

Don Quixote

2019 is a perfect time to get yourself in a Don Quixote audience. Original choreography is from 1869, therefore making this year, Don Quixote a celebration of the 150th anniversary of this effervescent ballet. So, want a splash of Spanish in your life? Here’s where to find it!

London: Don Quixote is being shown at the Royal Opera House in London from February 15th until April 4th 2019.

Sleeping Beauty

Spectacular sets, lavish tutus combined with beautiful ballet telling the fairytail story of romance, wonder and ballet. It’s always a magical time at a Sleeping Beauty performance. 

San Francisco: Opening its curtains on March 9th, 2019, San Francisco Ballet are continuing their showing of Sleeping Beauty through March. Choreographed by Helgi Tomasson after Marius Petipa, The Sleeping Beauty is back by popular demand.

Belgium: The Moscow City Ballet will be performing Sleeping Beauty in Belgium on the 17th February 2019.

The Nutcracker

Prague: Prague have live performances of The Nutcracker during February at the Divadlo Hybernia.

Belgium: In December, The Moscow City Ballet have announced they will be showing The Nutcracker in Belgium on December 7th and 8th, 2019.

Melbourne: The Australian Ballet will bring The Nutcracker to life from 17th September until 28th September 2019.

Sydney: The Nutcracker can also be found in Sydney from 30th November until 18th December 2019 brought to us by The Australian Ballet.

Ballet Events in Sydney

Ballet Events in Sydney 2019

Who doesn’t dream of watching a ballet at The Sydney Opera House? If you’re jetting off to Australia this year, or you’re local to Sydney, here are the upcoming ballets to the iconic Sydney Opera House:

  • Verve Sydney: 5th April until 25th April 2019
  • The Happy Prince: 1th May until 18th May 2019
  • Sylvia: 8th November until 23rd November 2019
  • The Nutcracker: 30th November until 18th December 2019

Ballet Events in NYC

There is a huge variety of ballet events in New York City this year. The Sleeping Beauty show starts in February and from May, you can watch the beautiful performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Other notable ballet events in NYC:

  • Annual Luncheon – Thursday February 7th, 2019
  • Spring Gala – Thursday May 2nd, 2019
  • Fall Gala – Thursday September 26th, 2019
  • The Nutcracker Family Benefit – Saturday December 14th, 2019

Ballet Events in London

ballet shows, gala and ballet events in London in 2019

The following ballets are being performed in London through 2019:

  • Sleeping Beauty: Performed by the Moscow City Ballet, The Sleeping Beauty comes as a flyby visit to London at the Richmond Theatre from 1st February until 3rd February 2019.
  • The Nutcracker: The Russian State Ballet of Siberia bring The Nutcracker to the New Wimbledon Theatre from 2nd February 2019.
  • Don Quixote: Catch the Spanish Don Quixote at the Royal Opera House performed by The Royal Ballet from 15th February until 4th April, 2019.
  • Frankenstein: Brought to us by The Royal Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, Frankenstein will be on at The Royal Opera House from 5th March until 23rd March 2019.
  • Romeo and Juliet: Brought to us by The Royal Ballet will be available to watch from 26th March until 11th June 2019.
  • Romeo and Juliet: Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet will be performed at Sadler’s Wells from 7th August 2019 until 31st August 2019.

Ballet Events in Boston

  • Coppélia: Catch Coppélia at Boston Opera House from 21st March 2019 until 31st March 2019.
  • Cinderella: Cinderella will be at Boston Opera House from 10th May 2019 until 8th June 2019.
  • Rhapsody: Rhapsody will be on from 24th May 2019 until 9th June at Boston Opera House

Special Ballet Events in San Francisco

Special Events in San Francisco in 2019

  • San Francisco Ballet Fashion Show: On March 20th, 2019, San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary and Sam Malouf Authentic Luxury will present an exclusive Fashion Show which is sure to be a fantastic event.
  • San Francisco Ballet School Spring Festival 2019: The SF Ballet School Festival will include three nights of performances, with the opening night hosting a dinner, interactive activities and opportunities to learn more about ballet. The event will be raising funds for the scholarships and financial aid programs of San Francisco Ballet School.

Dance Shows all Ballet Dancers Must Watch in their Lifetime

Onto something a little more general now, whether you aspire to be a dancer, you are a professional dancer or whether you simply just enjoy a night out at the ballet, these ballet shows are ones you should definitely add to your list of ballet shows you must watch in your lifetime.

Here at Zarely, we’re setting you a challenge to be captivated by all of the following must-see dance shows. Think of it as your own little dance show bucket list. How many have you already seen?

The Nutcracker

The thing about The Nutcracker is that it’s for everybody. There is something so magical about the mix of colours, the classical music and the vibrant costumes that puts you in the spirit of magic. The Nutcracker has a beautiful story expressed through ballet. If you haven’t seen it yet, put it on your list of things to do over the Christmas period. It’s a good excuse to dress up, get in the Christmas spirit and truly embrace the magic of The Nutcracker.

Don Quixote

A dazzling ballet that we covered here at Zarely and one we truly believe is a fantastic, exciting ballet for dancers to watch. Bring the sunshine of Spain and the exuberance of the dancers into your life and you’re sure to be in for a spectacular show. The ballet is acclaimed for its virtuoso dancing and spectacularly technically demanding steps. Warmth and charm combined with beautiful backdrops take you to sunny Spain, you’re sure to be amazed.


Onegin includes a wide-range of choreography styles and this love story is one that is renowned for being one of the best ballets of the 20th century. The Pas de Deux is acclaimed for being an outstanding example of what dancers should aspire to be. It is known for being a phenomenal ballet.


Who can forget about the wonderful performance of Giselle? Among the dance hall of fame is the romantic ballet of Giselle. First performed in Paris back in 1841, it has been captivating audiences ever since. It’s a highly popular ballet celebrated for its passion and traditionally romantic nature. The role of Giselle is one of the most desired roles for ballerinas. To land the role of Giselle, you’ll need near enough perfect technique, jaw-dropping grace and even be good at miming!

Swan Lake

If you haven’t watched Swan Lake yet, 2019 is the year to change that. Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece Swan Lake continues to delight audiences with the combination of romance, drama, tragedy and outstanding score. Swan Lake is iconic in the dancing world. Not only for the mystique of the Swan Queen, but also the exceptional score. Tchaikovsky’s first ballet certainly set the bar for future ballet music. You’ll be shivering with goose bumps and shell-shocked in awe.

Now there is no reason to be short of ideas of which ballet events to see in 2019!

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